Lee Child was fired and on the dole when he hatched a harebrained scheme to write a bestselling novel, thus saving his family from ruin. Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched a #1 bestselling series which has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and spurred two blockbuster movies starring Tom Cruise. Forbes calls it “The Strongest Brand in Publishing”. His series hero, Jack Reacher, besides being fictional, is a kind-hearted soul who allows Lee lots of spare time for reading, listening to music, and watching Yankees and Aston Villa games. Born in England, Lee Child now lives in New York City and leaves the island of Manhattan only when required to by forces beyond his control. He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise.

 

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