Jack Reacher Books In Publication Order
- Killing Floor (1997)
- Die Trying (1998)
- Tripwire (1999)
- Running Blind / The Visitor (2000)
- Echo Burning (2001)
- Without Fail (2002)
- Persuader (2003)
- The Enemy (2004)
- One Shot (2005)
- The Hard Way (2006)
- Bad Luck and Trouble (2007)
- Nothing to Lose (2008)
- Gone Tomorrow (2009)
- 61 Hours (2010)
- Worth Dying For (2010)
- The Affair (2011)
- A Wanted Man (2012)
- Never Go Back (2013)
- Personal (2014)
- Make Me (2015)
- Night School (2016)
- The Midnight Line (2017)
- Past Tense (2018)
- Blue Moon (2019)
- The Sentinel (With: Andrew Child) (2020)
- Better Off Dead (With: Andrew Child) (2021)
Jack Reacher Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order
- Second Son (2011)
- Deep Down (2012)
- High Heat (2013)
- Not a Drill (2014)
- Good and Valuable Consideration: Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller (With: Joseph Finder) (2014)
- Small Wars (2015)
- Too Much Time (2017)
- The Christmas Scorpion (2018)
- Cleaning the Gold (With: Karin Slaughter) (2019)
Jack Reacher Collections In Publication Order
- No Middle Name (2017)
Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order
- I Heard a Romantic Story (2012)
- James Penney’s New Identity (2019)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- Jack Reacher’s Rules (2012)
- The Hero (2019)
Akashic Drug Chronicles Books In Publication Order
- The Cocaine Chronicles (With: Laura Lippman,Ken Bruen,Jervey Tervalon) (2005)
- The Mari*juana Chronicles (By:Jonathan Santlofer) (2013)
- The Nicotine Chronicles (With: Joyce Carol Oates,Hannah Tinti,,Cara Black,,,Jonathan Ames) (2020)
Harold Middleton Books In Publication Order
- The Chopin Manuscript (2007)
- The Copper Bracelet (2009)
- The Starling Project: An Audible Drama (2014)
Jack Reacher Miscellaneous Books In Publication Order
- Jack Reacher’s Rules (2012)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- Like a Charm (2004)
- Greatest Hits (2005)
- The Cocaine Chronicles (2005)
- Mystery Writers of America Presents Death Do Us Part: New Stories About Love, Lust, and Murder (2006)
- The Best British Mysteries IV (2007)
- Killer Year: Stories to Die For… (2008)
- First Thrills (2010)
- The Dark End of the Street (2010)
- The Best American Mystery Stories 2010 (2010)
- The Rich and the Dead (2011)
- A Study in Sherlock (2011)
- Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance (2012)
- Love is Murder (2012)
- Inherit the Dead (2013)
- FaceOff (2014)
- Belfast Noir (2014)
- Manhattan Mayhem (2015)
- The Best American Mystery Stories 2015 (2015)
- In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper (2016)
- MatchUp (2017)
- Alive in Shape and Color (2017)
- The Best American Mystery Stories 2018 (2018)
- Dear NHS (2020)
- The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2021 (2021)
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A terrifying thriller that’s unforgettable.’I was eating eggs and drinking coffee. I was in a booth, at a window, reading somebody’s abandoned newspaper. Outside, the rain had stopped but the glass was still pebbled with bright drops. I saw the police cruisers pull into the gravel lot. They were moving fast and crunched to a stop. Light bars flashing and popping. Doors burst open, policemen jumped out. Two from each car, weapons ready. Two revolvers, two shotguns. This was heavy stuff. One revolver and one shotgun ran to the back. One of each rushed the door.I just sat and watched them. I knew who was in the diner. A cook in back. Two waitresses. Two old men. And me. This operation was for me. I had been in town less than half an hour.’ from the opening of this searing tale of honor and revenge where Jack Reacher, a former military cop, hunts down his brother’s killers. In the bestselling tradition of John Sandford and Stephen Hunter, the listener will be entertained non stop until the end.
Critics nationwide acclaimed Killing Floor, Lee Child’s suspense debut, as a tough, compelling thriller with characters who jump off the page Houston Chronicle. Brilliantly written, agreed Playboy. Striking, applauded The Chicago Tribune. An unsettling trip that leaves your brain buzzing and your stomach knotted, warned The Philadelphia Inquirer. Relentlessly suspenseful, The Denver Post concurred. In a quiet Chicago suburb, a dentist is attacked in his office parking lot and forced into the trunk of his Lexus. On a sidewalk downtown, Jack Reacher and an unknown woman are abducted in broad daylight. Wordlessly and without warning, two armed men confident, rehearsed, tense hustle them into the same sedan. Then Reacher and the woman are switched into a second vehicle and hauled away, leaving the dentist bound and gagged inside his car with the woman’s abandoned possessions, two gallons of gasoline…
and a burning match. Building on this harrowing start, Lee Child brings us another novel of nonstop high speed suspense. Die Trying confirms his sizable talent and the magnetic appeal of Reacher, a hero who seems like someone with plenty of tales to tell The Philadelphia Inquirer. Fortunately for us, he is and he will.
In Tripwire, Reacher is settling into lazy Key West when his life is interrupted by a stranger who comes looking for him. When the stranger turns up beaten to death in the Old Town cemetery fingertips removed Reacher knows whomever the man was working for is not a friend. Reacher follows the trail to New York, where he confronts the people who dispatched the dead man: an elderly couple still mourning an all American son lost in Vietnam; an alluring and intelligent woman from Reacher’s own haunted past; and at the center of the web, an opponent more vicious than any he’s ever faced. /Content /EditorialReview EditorialReview Source Amazon. com Review /Source Content Ex military policeman Jack Reacher is lying low in Key West, digging up swimming pools by hand. He is not at all pleased when a private detective starts asking questions about him. But when the detective, Costello, turns up dead with his fingertips sliced off, Reacher realizes it is time to move on.
As in Lee Child’s two previous thrillers, Die Trying and Killing Floor, Reacher is soon up to his neck in lethal trouble, this time involving a vicious Wall Street manipulator, a mysterious woman of course, and the livelihood of a whole community. Even the fate of soldiers missing in action in Vietnam is stirred into the brew.
But this is not a book by one of the new breed of U.S. thriller writers. Child prides himself on his ability, as an Englishman, to write American thrillers that are utterly convincing in milieu and toughness of action, without a trace of English sensibility. Tripwire is no exception. Every bit as lean and compulsive as its predecessors, it also builds on the freshest aspect of those books: Reacher may be a tough, epic hero, but he always remains human and vulnerable. Barry Forshaw
Jack Reacher hunts the most elusive and intelligent killer he has ever faced in the latest in ‘one of the best new series in thriller fiction’Publishers Weekly. People say that knowledge is power. The more knowledge, the more power. Suppose you knew the winning numbers for the lottery. What would you do? You would run to the store. You would mark the numbers on the play card. And you would win. Same for the stock market. Same for basketball or the horses or anything. Same for killing people…
So begins Running Blind, the electrifying new novel in the acclaimed series featuring ex military policeman Jack Reacher. Women are dying. Women who have nothing in common except the fact they once worked for the military. And they knew Jack Reacher. How and why these women are in danger completely baffles the elite FBI team working the case. There is no trace evidence. There are no links between the victims. Their bodies have no fatal wounds. And the killer has entered their homes and exited again like a summer breeze. Are these the perfect crimes? There is only one certainty: there is a new kind of killer out there, one so calm, cautious, and careful that even the brilliant Reacher is left running blind.’ Lee Child’s novels bring us not only bang on suspense but an insightful look into how humans work.’ Houston Chronicle
Jack Reacher, hailed as ‘a wonderfully epic hero’ by People, confronts Texan hatred and hidden crimes in this superb new thriller. Ex military cop Jack Reacher returns in this latest in the award winning series critics call ‘spectacular’ The Seattle Times, ‘relentless’ Denver Post, and ‘perfect’ The New York Times Book Review. Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he’s worried about is exactly who picks him up. She’s called Carmen. She’s a good looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl…
and she has married into the wrong family. They’re called the Greers. They’re a bitter and miserly clan, and they’ve made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now. Lawyers can’t help. Cops can’t be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen’s husband is dead and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.
With each new book, more and more join the chorus of praise for ‘one of the most original and daring heroes in suspense fiction’ The Providence Journal Bulletin, Lee Child’s ex military cop Jack Reacher. In Without Fail, Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. ‘I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States,’ she asks. She is the newly appointed head of the VP’s security detail and wants Reacher to try to penetrate her team’s shield. He has the skills and the stealth, and no one knows him. How else can she be sure her protection is truly effective? What she doesn’t tell Reacher but what he soon discovers is that a very determined and deadly team of assassins has just put the VP in its sights. These men have planned well, but they haven’t planned on Reacher. For only Reacher has the head and the heart to corner his prey and bring them to justice Without Fail.
Re issue of Jack Reacher’s latest adventure to tie in with publication of the paperback. Never forgive, never forget. That’s Jack Reacher’s standard operating procedure. And Francis Xavier Quinn was the worst guy he had ever met. He had done truly unforgivable things. So Reacher was glad to know he was dead. Until the day he saw him, alive and well, riding in a limousine outside Boston’s Symphony Hall. Never apologize. Never explain. When Reacher witnesses a brutal attempt to kidnap a terrified young student on a New England campus, he takes the law into his own hands. That’s his way, after all. Only this time, a cop dies, and Reacher doesn’t stick around to explain. Has he lost his sense of right and wrong? Just because this time, it’s personal?So begins Lee Child’s seventh novel. Another heartstopping page turner, it brings back Child’s much loved hero, Jack Reacher, at his pragmatic and uncompromising best.
Jack Reacher. Hero. Loner. Soldier. Soldier’s son. An elite military cop, he was one of the army s brightest stars. But in every cop s life there is a turning point. One case. One messy, tangled case that can shatter a career. Turn a lawman into a renegade. And make him question words like honor, valor, and duty. For Jack Reacher, this is that case…
New Year s Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina hot sheets motel, a two star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can t be controlled. Within hours the general s wife is murdered hundreds of miles away. Then the dominoes really start to fall…
Two Special Forces soldiers the toughest of the tough are taken down, one at a time. Top military commanders are moved from place to place in a bizarre game of chess. And somewhere inside the vast worldwide fortress that is the U.S. Army, Jack Reacher an ordinarily untouchable investigator for the 110th Special Unit is being set up as a fall guy with the worst enemies a man can have.
But Reacher won t quit. He s fighting a new kind of war. And he s taking a young female lieutenant with him on a deadly hunt that leads them from the ragged edges of a rural army post to the winding streets of Paris to a confrontation with an enemy he didn t know he had. With his French born mother dying and divulging to her son one last, stunning secret Reacher is forced to question everything he once believed…
about his family, his career, his loyalties and himself. Because this soldier s son is on his way into the darkness, where he finds a tangled drama of desperate desires and violent death and a conspiracy more chilling, ingenious, and treacherous than anyone could have guessed.
Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in no phone, no address, no commitments ex military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, Reacher s arrival will change everything about a case that isn t what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed One Shot and by doing so give Jack Reacher One Shot at the truth. The gunman worked from a parking structure just thirty yards away point blank range for a trained military sniper like James Barr. His victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time. But why does Barr want Reacher at his side? There are good reasons why Reacher is the last person Barr would want to see. But when Reacher hears Barr s own words, he understands. And a slam dunk case explodes. Soon Reacher is teamed with a young defense lawyer who is working against her D.A. father and dueling with a prosecution team that has an explosive secret of its own. Like most things Reacher has known in life, this case is a complex battlefield. But, as always, in battle, Reacher is at his best. Moving in the shadows, picking his spots, Reacher gets closer and closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. And for Reacher, the only way to take him down is to know his ruthlessness and respect his cunning and then match him shot for shot . From the Hardcover edition.
In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, ex military cop Reacher sees more than most people would…
and because of that, he s thrust into an explosive situation that s about to blow up in his face. For the only way to find the truth and save two innocent lives is to do it the way Jack Reacher does it best: The Hard Way .
Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money. And Edward Lane, the man who paid it, will pay even more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers for hire operation. He will use any amount of money and any tool to find his beautiful wife and child. And then he ll turn Jack Reacher loose with a vengeance because Reacher is the best man hunter in the world.
On the trail of a vicious kidnapper, Reacher is learning the chilling secrets of his employer s past and of a horrific drama in the heart of a nasty little war. He s beginning to realize that Edward Lane is hiding something. Something dirty. Something big. But Reacher also knows this: he s already in way too deep to stop now.
From the Hardcover edition.
From a helicopter high above the empty California desert, a man is sent free falling into the night . In Chicago, a woman learns that an elite team of ex army investigators is being hunted down one by one…
. And on the streets of Portland, Jack Reacher soldier, cop, hero is pulled out of his wandering life by a code that few other people could understand. From the first shocking scenes in Lee Child’s explosive new novel, Jack Reacher is plunged like a knife into the heart of a conspiracy that is killing old friends and is on its way to something even worse.
A decade postmilitary, Reacher has an ATM card and the clothes on his back no phone, no ties, and no address. But now a woman from his old unit has done the impossible. From Chicago, Frances Neagley finds Reacher, using a signal only the eight members of their elite team of army investigators would know. She tells him a terrifying story about the brutal death of a man they both served with. Soon Reacher is reuniting with the survivors of his old team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. The deeper they dig, the more they don t know: about two other comrades who have suddenly gone missing and a trail that leads into the neon of Vegas and the darkness of international terrorism.
For now, Reacher can only react. To every sound. Every suspicion. Every scent and every moment. Then Reacher will trust the people he once trusted with his life and take this thing all the way to the end. Because in a world of Bad Luck and Trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they d better be ready for what comes right back at them
Two lonely towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher never turns back. It’s not in his nature. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets is big trouble. So in Lee Child’s electrifying new novel, Reacher a man with no fear, no illusions, and Nothing to Lose goes to war against a town that not only wants him gone, it wants him dead.
It wasn t the welcome Reacher expected. He was just passing through, minding his own business. But within minutes of his arrival a deputy is in the hospital and Reacher is back in Hope, setting up a base of operations against Despair, where a huge, seething walled off industrial site does something nobody is supposed to see…
where a small plane takes off every night and returns seven hours later…
where a garrison of well trained and well armed military cops the kind of soldiers Reacher once commanded waits and watches…
where above all two young men have disappeared and two frightened young women wait and hope for their return.
Joining forces with a beautiful cop who runs Hope with a cool hand, Reacher goes up against Despair against the deputies who try to break him and the rich man who tries to scare him and starts to crack open the secrets, starts to expose the terrifying connection to a distant war that s killing Americans by the thousand.
Now, between a town and the man who owns it, between Reacher and his conscience, something has to give. And Reacher never gives an inch.
From the Hardcover edition.
New York City. Two in the morning. A subway car heading uptown. Jack Reacher, plus five other passengers. Four are okay. The fifth isn t. In the next few tense seconds Reacher will make a choice and trigger an electrifying chain of events in this gritty, gripping masterwork of suspense by 1 New York Times bestseller Lee Child. Susan Mark was the fifth passenger. She had a lonely heart, an estranged son, and a big secret. Reacher, working with a woman cop and a host of shadowy feds, wants to know just how big a hole Susan Mark was in, how many lives had already been twisted before hers, and what danger is looming around him now. Because a race has begun through the streets of Manhattan in a maze crowded with violent, skilled soldiers on all sides of a shadow war. Susan Mark’s plain little life was critical to dozens of others in Washington, California, Afghanistan…
from a former Delta Force operator now running for the U.S. Senate, to a beautiful young woman with a fantastic story to tell and to a host of others who have just one thing in common: They re all lying to Reacher. A little. A lot. Or maybe just enough to get him killed. In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America…
and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it s a mystery with only one answer the kind that comes when you finally get face to face and look your worst enemy in the eye. From the Hardcover edition.
Jack Reacher is back. The countdown has begun. Get ready for the most exciting 61 Hours of your life. 1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child’s latest thriller is a ticking time bomb of suspense that builds electric tension on every page. Sixty one hours. Not a minute to spare.A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she s going to live long enough to testify, she ll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses. Reacher s original plan was to keep on moving. But the next 61 Hours will change everything. The secrets are deadlier and his enemies are stronger than he could have guessed but so is the woman whose life he ll risk his own to save. In 61 Hours, Lee Child has written a showdown thriller with an explosive ending that readers will talk about for a long time to come. From the Hardcover edition.
Jack Reacher is the coolest continuing series character now on offer. Stephen King, in Entertainment Weekly 1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child follows the electrifying 61 Hours with his latest Reacher thriller a story that hits the ground running and then accelerates all the way to a colossal showdown. There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska…
and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades old, that Reacher can t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone and it s not just past secrets they re trying to hide. They re awaiting a secret shipment that s already late and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy. For as dangerous as the Duncans are, they re just the bottom of a criminal food chain stretching halfway around the world. For Reacher, it would have made much more sense to keep on going, to put some distance between himself and the hard core trouble that s bearing down on him. For Reacher, that was also impossible. Worth Dying For is the kind of explosive thriller only Lee Child could write and only Jack Reacher could survive a heart racing page turner no suspense fan will want to miss. From the Hardcover edition.
With Reacher, 1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child has created a series that stands in the front rank of modern thrillers The Washington Post. Everything starts somewhere…
. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A coverup.A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice and an appetite for secrets. Uncertain they can trust one another, Reacher and Deveraux reluctantly join forces. Reacher works to uncover the truth, while others try to bury it forever. The conspiracy threatens to shatter his faith in his mission, and turn him into a man to be feared.A novel of unrelenting suspense that could only come from the pen of 1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, The Affair is the start of the Reacher saga, a thriller that takes Reacher and his readers right to the edge…
and beyond. From the Hardcover edition.
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‘The best stories in The Cocaine Chronicles…
are equal to the best fiction being written today.’ New York Journal of Books’The perfect stocking stuffer for your uncle in AA.’ New York Observer’The Cocaine Chronicles is a pure, jangled hit of urban, gritty, and raw noir. Caution: these stories are addicting.’ Harlan Coben, award winning author of Just One Look’Every story is A . All contributors are top notch…
. Should be required reading for writers who want to master the craft of the short story.’ Cherry BleedsOriginal stories by Susan Straight, Lee Child, Laura Lippman, Ken Bruen, Jerry Stahl, Nina Revoyr, Bill Moody, Donnell Alexander, Deborah Vankin, Robert Ward, Manuel Ramos, and others. Gary Phillips writes for several mediums from novels to screenplays to comic books, and lives in Los Angeles, California. Jervey Tervalon is the author of All the Trouble You Need, Understand This, and the Los Angeles Times bestseller Dead Above Ground. He lives in Altadena, California.
2008 Audie Award Winner of Audiobook of the Year. Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins. But the greatest threat will come from a shadowy figure out of his past: the man known only as Faust. The Chopin Manuscript is a unique collaboration by 15 of the world’s greatest thriller writers. Jeffery Deaver conceived the characters and set the plot in motion; the other authors each wrote a chapter in turn. Deaver then completed what he started, bringing The Chopin Manuscript to its explosive conclusion. ‘Innovative and unique, The Chopin Manuscript, written by masters in the field of thrillers, is far more than the sum of its parts. Here each author shines, blending individual skill and energy, into a riveting, crackling-paced tapestry of murder, mystery, and mayhem. Not to be missed!’ — James Rollins, author of The Judas Strain ‘A GREAT story, written by one GREAT author after another, in one GREAT chapter after another. A stellar achievement of collectivity that blows from the starting gate at 100 mph and never slows down. A thrill-a-page from 15 GREAT thriller masters. Don’t miss this one.’ — Steve Berry, author of The Venetian Betrayal
Harold Middleton returns in this explosive sequel to The Chopin Manuscript as he’s drawn into an international terror plot that threatens to send India and Pakistan into full-scale nuclear war. Careening from Nice to London and Moscow to Kashmir to prevent nuclear disaster, Middleton is unaware his prey has changed and the act of terror is far more diabolical than he knows. Will he discover the identity of the Scorpion in time to halt an event that will pit the United States, China, and Russia against each other at the brink of World War III? A follow-up to the award-winning The Chopin Manuscript, The Copper Bracelet brings together 16 of the world’s most celebrated thriller writers including Lee Child, Joseph Finder, David Hewson, David Liss, and Lisa Scottoline to each write a chapter of this pulsing tale. Once again, Jeffery Deaver set the story in motion, and brings it to its shocking finale.
Desire leaves a man destroyed…
A young girl’s curiosity reveals secrets better left hidden…
Jealousy drives a woman mad…
An obsession with numbers precipitates a deadly revenge…
Ambition leads to a curious exchange…
An uncanny likeness changes two lives forever…
The hand of fate lies buried in the past…
An unforgettable novel in seventeen parts by some of the most prestigious crime writers working today.
One bracelet, seventeen charms…
From nineteenth century Georgia, where the bracelet is forged in fire, to wartime Leeds, the seedy underside of London’s Soho, a Manhattan taxi, the frozen cliffs of Nova Scotia, and back to Georgia, each writer weaves a gripping story of murder, betrayal, and intrigue.
Featuring standout writers of mystery and suspense like Lawrence Block, Jeffery Deaver, James W. Hall, Jeff Abbott, Max Allan Collins, and Lee Child all of them best selling authors, most of them winners of Edgar or Shamus awards or both this anthology comes with a chamberful of surefire stories. Loaded with tension, charged with uncertainty, these taut tales bring their unsuspecting or hunted and fearful marks into the deadly sight of a hired killer’s gun. The hit men, or women, meanwhile match their criminal wits with police detectives, seasoned private eyes, the resolute everyguy, or amateur sleuths to often unexpected and frequently startling ends. Every one of the stories here is a hit. Each of them is craftily calibrated and written expressly for this collection, They include new work by the popular, award winning Ed Gorman, the versatile writer editor Robert J. Randisi, and the recipient of the first ever Sherlock Award for best detective, John Harvey. Cunning inventive hit list authors such as Christine Matthews, Barbara Seranella, Marcus Pelagrimas, and Kevin Wignall further ratchet up the suspense to keep Greatest Hits true to its name, and aim.
From the Civil War–era south to 1950s New York to the present day’s gritty cities and seemingly innocuous suburbs, the eighteen stories in this anthology edited by the award winning mystery writer Harlan Coben chart the complications always surprising, sometimes deadly that arise between lovers, dear friends, and even complete strangers coming together for a single, shocking encounter. In Lee Child’s ‘Safe Enough,’ a blue collar city boy takes up with a wealthy suburban wife, with dire consequences. In Harlan Coben’s ‘Entrapped,’ a woman’s husband disappears and is replaced by a handsome impostor. In Laura Lippman’s ‘One True Love,’ a high end prostitute seeks a radical solution to a public relations problem. And in P. J. Parrish’s ‘One Shot,’ a man returns to his childhood home to learn the truth about a long ago tragedy. Other contributors of original stories include Ridley Pearson, R. L. Stine, Jim Fusilli, Jeff Abbott, Charles Todd, and Tom Savage.
British crime and mystery writing is popular all over the world. And how could it not be? After all these are the shores that saw the talents of Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and so many others flourish. From the Golden Age of classic mystery writing onwards, British talent has captured the imagination of readers in a unique way, and the modern era has been no exception. The art of the short story has always been one that mystery writers have excelled at, and here we are proud to present 25 examples of the bite sized mystery from the very best authors in Great Britain today. The stories cater for every criminal taste from the locked room puzzle to the action packed vignette and several have been shortlisted or winners of prestigious awards. Tour the British Isles with this superb collection you re bound to enjoy the journey! Contributors include: Ian Rankin, Anne Perry, Edward Marston, Martina Cole, Peter Robinson, Stella Duffy, Jerry Sykes, Liza Cody, Marin Edwards, Marion Arnott, Amy Myers, Bill James, Peter Turnbull, Robert Barnard, Peter Lovesey, Val McDermid, Mat Coward, Denise Mina, Stephen Gallagher, Judith Cutler, David Williams, John Harvey, Carol Anne Davis, Nicholas Royle, Sally Spedding
Killer Year is a group of 13 debut crime/mystery/suspense authors whose books will be published in 2007. The graduating class includes such rising stars as Robert Gregory Browne, Toni McGee Causey, Marcus Sakey, Derek Nikitas, Marc Lecard, JT Ellison, Brett Battles, Jason Pinter, Bill Cameron, Sean Chercover, Patry Francis, Gregg Olsen, and David White. Each of the short stories displaying their talents are introduced by their Killer Year mentors, some of which include bestselling authors Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen and Jeffrey Deaver, with additional stories by Ken Bruen, Allison Brennan and Duane Swierczynski. Bestselling authors Laura Lippman and MJ Rose contribute insightful essays. Inside you’ll read about a small time crook in over his head, a story told backwards with a hero*ine not to be messed with, a tale of boys and the trouble they will get into over a girl, and many more stories of the highest caliber in murder, mayhem, and sheer entertainment. This amazing anthology, edited by the grandmaster Lee Child, is sure to garner lots of attention and keep readers coming back for more.
New York Times bestselling author Lee Child and International Thriller Writers, Inc., present a collection of remarkable stories in First Thrills. Showcasing many of the organization’s bestselling authors as well as rising stars in the genre, here are twenty five brand new, never before published stories packed with murder, mystery, and mayhem. A cunning criminal thinks he can use a child to take the rap for his crimes. A hospital intern turned body snatcher A priest who comes face to face with his wife s murderer on death row A Confederate soldier comes home to his love, but changed by more than just the war…
he comes back wrong. The discovery of a flying saucer in the ocean depths brings one man to the brink of a massive revelation. A dying man s last request proves to his ex wife that he s still rotten to the core. A clandestine operative finds himself caught in a wicked game of confusion…
but who is calling the shots? No matter what type of thriller you listen to, you ll find something here that will entertain you…
and perhaps a new writer you ll cherish for years to come.
In one fast paced story, a strong and aggravated man considers the pretty woman at the bar while he fingers the knife in his pocket. But what becomes of his prey when they move to the bedroom? In another tale, a man remembers the victim of a ghastly murder who visited the same hair salon as he does. And a Don Juan of a protagonist has a hobby of marrying vulnerable women, getting access to their bank accounts, and then robbing them blind. But there is much more to this collection than dark haired vixens and crimes of passion. Some stories are brooding, some twisted; some bring righteous satisfaction, some linger in the back of your mind. What is truly on display is an impressive collection of literary talent: a group of some of the best writers we have, weaving fresh and memorable stories from a pair of classic themes. Taken as a whole, they are a rare treat for fans of great fiction, whether it’s high literature, good old fashioned suspense, or anything in between. Original black and white art by artist/author Jonathan Santlofer completes this innovative, exciting, and irresistibly intriguing book a true literary gem.
Best selling novelist Lee Child edits this latest collection of the genre’s finest from the past year. Featuring gritty tales told with panache, this is a must read for anybody who cares about crime stories Booklist.
BESTSELLING AUTHORS GO HOLMES IN AN IRRESISTIBLE NEW COLLECTION edited by award winning Sherlockians Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger Neil Gaiman. Laura Lippman. Lee Child. These are just three of eighteen superstar authors who provide fascinating, thrilling, and utterly original perspectives on Sherlock Holmes in this one of a kind book. These modern masters place the sleuth in suspenseful new situations, create characters who solve Holmesian mysteries, contemplate Holmes in his later years, fill gaps in the Sherlock Holmes Canon, and reveal their own personal obsessions with the Great Detective. Thomas Perry, for example, has Dr. Watson tell his tale, in a virtuoso work of alternate history that finds President McKinley approaching the sleuth with a disturbing request; Lee Child sends an FBI agent to investigate a crime near today’s Baker Street only to get a twenty first century shock; Jacqueline Winspear spins a story of a plucky boy inspired by the detective to make his own deductions; and graphic artist Colin Cotterill portrays his struggle to complete this assignment in his hilarious The Mysterious Case of the Unwritten Short Story. In perfect tribute comes this delicious collection of twisty, clever, and enthralling studies of a timeless icon. Featuring stories from Alan BradleyTony BroadbentJan BurkeLionel ChetwyndLee ChildColin Cotterill Neil GaimanLaura LippmanGayle Lynds & John SheldonPhillip & Jerry MargolinMargaret MaronThomas PerryS. J. RozanDana StabenowCharles ToddJacqueline Winspear print version only