Books from Lee Child

A Treachery of Spies

THRILLER OF THE MONTH ‘Superb . . . a blend of historical imagination and storytelling verve reminiscent of Robert Harris.’ The Sunday Times'The most exciting, involving thriller I've read in an age, and I can't recommend it highly enough.' Mick Herron *A Treachery of Spies is an espionage thriller to rival the very best, a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse, played in the shadows, which will keep you guessing every step of the way.A body has been found. The elderly victim’s identity has been cleverly obscured but one thing is clear: she has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two.To find answers in the present, police inspector Inès Picaut must look to the past; to 1940s France, a time of sworn allegiances and broken promises, where the men and women of the Resistance fought for survival against Nazi invaders.But, as Picaut soon discovers, there are those in the present whose futures depend on the past remaining buried, and who will kill to keep their secrets safe. Old fashioned espionage might be a thing of the past but treachery is as dangerous as ever.*'This is a rich vein for fiction, and Scott does it more than justice, with this beautifully imagined, beautifully written, smart, sophisticated - but fiercely suspenseful - thriller.' Lee Child'The most exquisite story of heroism, deception, love and treachery you’ll find this year.' Simon Mayo 'A fast-moving tightly-wrought thriller. The destination is in fact as unexpected as it’s satisfying - and very thought-provoking.' Robert Goddard'A Treachery of Spies is a masterclass in thriller-writing. It is a heart-racing, heart-wrenching read, conceived with passion and executed with frightening skill. An awe-inspiring achievement.' Giles Kristian
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“This is a rich vein for fiction, and Scott does it more than justice, with this beautifully imagined, beautifully written, smart, sophisticated – but fiercely suspenseful – thriller.” -LC
Books from Lee Child

Orphan X

THE FIRST INSTALMENT IN THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING EXPLOSIVE THRILLER SERIES'Outstanding in every way' LEE CHILD'The page turner of the season' THE TIMES__________TRAINED TO KILL, NOW HE HELPS THOSE IN TROUBLEEvan Smoak was an orphan raised in a secret government programme. When he lost faith in it, he got out and now uses his training to help the desperate and deserving who've nowhere left to run - if you can find him.But no one can escape their past for ever. Someone is on Evan's trail. Someone with the same skills and training.And who knows the weaknesses of the boy who became Orphan X . . .__________'A Masterpiece of suspense and thrills' Daily Mail'Pure nail-biting stay-up-all-night suspense' Harlan Coben
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“Outstanding in every way.” -LC
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Last to Die

'Suspense doesn't get much smarter than this' Lee ChildMurder. That's what they all have in common.A high-security boarding school has been set up to provide a place of sanctuary for children whohave lost their families in violent circumstances. But even locked gates and acres of forestcannot keep out a gathering threat.Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles find themselves locked inside the school along with the students. They are told it's for their own safety.But does the threat come from outside...or from within?'Crime-writing at its unputdownable, nerve-tingling best' Harlan CobenThe latest Rizzoli and Isles thriller by Tess Gerritsen, LISTEN TO ME, is out now.
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“Suspense doesn’t get much smarter than this.” -LC
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Girl On Fire

ALMOST HOME. BUT NOWHERE TO HIDE. From the number one bestselling crime-writer comes a brilliant, page-turning new DC Max Wolfe thriller.'Remarkably moving' The TimesWhen terrorists use a drone to bring down a plane on one of London's busiest shopping centres, it ignites a chain of events that will draw in the innocent and guilty alike.DC Max Wolfe finds himself caught in the crossfire in a city that seems increasingly dangerous and hostile.But does the danger come from the murderous criminals that Max is tracking down? Or the people he's trying to protect?Or does the real threat to Max lie closer to home?'Tony Parsons puts you right there in every scene he writes. I love that kind of storytelling and I’m a D.C. Max Wolfe fan.' James Patterson 'A relentless plot, evocative prose and compelling characters conspire to make this a must-read.' Jeffery Deaver'I've long been a fan of Tony Parsons' writing, and this is brilliant stuff.' Peter James‘Spectacular! Tense and human, fast and authentic’ Lee Child 'Great plotting, great characters and at least two eye-widening twists I didn't see coming’ Sophie Hannah'Simply superb plot and characters’ Peterborough Evening Telegraph
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“Spectacular! Tense and human, fast and authentic.” -LC
Books from Lee Child

The Deep Blue Good-by

From a beloved master of crime fiction, The Deep Blue Good-by is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. Travis McGee is a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He’s also a knight-errant who’s wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: He’ll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half. “John D. MacDonald was the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”—Stephen King McGee isn’t particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet backwoods girl who’s been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allen? What Travis isn’t anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake. Enter Junior’s latest victim, Lois Atkinson. Frail and broken, Lois can barely get out of bed when Travis finds her, let alone keep herself alive. But Travis turns into Mother McGee, giving Lois new life as he looks for the ruthless man who steals women’s spirits and livelihoods. But he can’t guess how violent his quest is soon to become. He’ll learn the hard way that there must be casualties in this game of cat and mouse. Features a new Introduction by Lee Child
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“MacDonald had a huge influence on me… Reacher is like a fully detached version of Travis McGee.” -LC
Books from Lee Child

Panic Room

‘Is this his best yet?...Full of sinister menace and propulsive pace with twisty plotting’ Lee ChildWHAT REALLY LIES WITHIN?High on a Cornish cliff sits a vast uninhabited mansion. Uninhabited except for Blake, a young woman of mysterious background, currently acting as housesitter. The house has a panic room. Cunningly concealed, steel lined, impregnable – and apparently closed from within. Even Blake doesn’t know it’s there. She’s too busy being on the run from life, from a story she thinks she’s escaped. But her remote existence is going to be threatened when people come looking for the house’s owner, rogue pharma entrepreneur, Jack Harkness. Soon people with questionable motives will be asking Blake the sort of questions she can’t – or won’t - want to answer.WILL THE PANIC ROOM EVER GIVE UP ITS SECRETS?
Lee Child
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“Is this his best yet?… Full of sinister menace and propulsive pace with twisty plotting.” -LC
Books from Lee Child

The House Swap

‘I read The House Swap in one breathless sitting. Dark, smart, sexy, gripping, totally brilliant.’ Erin Kelly, author of He Said She Said'Sinister and compelling' Woman & Home'You'll be whipping through the pages' Stylist**********‘No one lives this way unless they want to hide something.’When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap, they jump at the chance for a week away from home. After the difficulties of the past few years, they’ve worked hard to rebuild their marriage for their son’s sake; now they want to reconnect as a couple.On arrival, they find a house that is stark and sinister in its emptiness – it’s hard to imagine what kind of person lives here. Then, gradually, Caroline begins to uncover some signs of life – signs of her life. The flowers in the bathroom or the music in the CD player might seem innocent to her husband but to her they are anything but. It seems the person they have swapped with is someone she used to know; someone she’s desperate to leave in her past.But that person is now in her home – and they want to make sure she’ll never forget . . .**********‘This is very much a heart-thumping, read-in-one-sitting story, and absolutely delivers on its smart and original hook’ Heat‘A fantastic thriller – dead-on domestic noir, full of tension and surprises. I loved it.’ Lee Child‘An enthralling thriller that lives up to its chilling premise.’ Renee Knight, author of Disclaimer‘Rebecca Fleet has created a perfectly contained cast of credible characters in a story so intriguing that you will be guessing right up to the last page. And it’s beautifully written too. I loved this book.’ Liz Nugent, author of Lying in Wait
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“A fantastic thriller – dead-on domestic noir, full of tension and surprises. I loved it.” -LC
Books from Lee Child

Star of the North

“A thrilling tale of abduction and escape in North Korea....highly entertaining." —The Washington PostA propulsive and ambitious thriller about a woman trying to rescue her twin sister from captivity in North Korea, and the North Korean citizens with whom she forms an unlikely allianceStar of the North opens in 1998, when a Korean American teenager is kidnapped from a South Korean beach by North Korean operatives. Twelve years later, her brilliant twin sister, Jenna, is still searching for her, and ends up on the radar of the CIA. When evidence that her sister may still be alive in North Korea comes to light, Jenna will do anything possible to rescue her--including undertaking a daring mission into the heart of the regime. Her story is masterfully braided together with two other narrative threads. In one, a North Korean peasant woman finds a forbidden international aid balloon and uses the valuables inside to launch a dangerously lucrative black-market business. In the other, a high-ranking North Korean official discovers, to his horror, that he may be descended from a traitor, a fact that could mean his death if it is revealed. As the novel progresses, these narrative strands converge and connect in surprising ways, ultimately building to an explosive and unforgettable climax.
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“Extraordinary… smart, sophisticated, suspenseful – and important. If you try one new thing this year, make it Star of the North.” -LC
Books from Lee Child

The Chalk Man

“Want to read something good?. . . If you like my stuff, you’ll like this.”—Stephen King • WINNER OF THE ITW THRILLER AWARD • WINNER OF THE STRAND MAGAZINE AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT NOVELA riveting psychological suspense debut that weaves a mystery about a childhood game gone dangerously awry, and will keep readers guessing right up to the shocking endingIn 1986, Eddie and his friends are on the verge of adolescence, spending their days biking in search of adventure. The chalk men are their secret code, stick figures they draw for one another as hidden messages. But one morning the friends find a chalk man leading them to the woods. They follow the message, only to find the dead body of a teenage girl. In 2016, Eddie is nursing a drinking problem and trying to forget his past, until one day he gets a letter containing a chalk man—the same one he and his friends saw when they found the body. Soon he learns that all his old friends received the same note. When one of them is killed, Eddie realizes that saving himself means figuring out what happened all those years ago. But digging into the past proves more dangerous than he could have known. Because in this town, everyone has secrets, no one is innocent, and some will do anything to bury the truth.Praise for The Chalk Man“Wonderfully creepy—like a cold blade on the back of your neck.”—Lee Child“An assured debut that alternates between 1986 and 2016 with unpredictable twists. The Chalk Man fits well with other stories about troubled childhoods such as Stephen King’s novella Stand by Me. . . . Tudor never misses a beat in showing each character as both a child and an adult while also exploring the foreboding environs of a small town.”—Associated Press“Utterly hypnotic. The Chalk Man is a dream novel, a book of nightmares: haunted and haunting, shot through with shadow and light—a story to quicken the pulse and freeze the blood. A dark star is born.”—A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window“If you can’t get enough of psychological thrillers with sharp twists and turns, you need to read The Chalk Man”—Hello Giggles “I haven’t had a sleepless night due to a book for a long time. The Chalk Man changed that.”—Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow
Lee Child
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“Wonderfully creepy – like a cold blade on the back of your neck.” -LC
Books from Lee Child

Need To Know

‘Heart-poundingly suspenseful and heart-wrenchingly insightful’ J.P. Delaney, author of The Girl Before Married for ten years. Four children. She thought she knew her husband better than anyone.She was wrong. You get to work. Make a coffee. Turn on your computer.Your task: break into a Russian criminal's laptop and find proof that he's concealing five deep-cover agents - seemingly normal people living in plain sight.You’re in. Five faces stare back at you.One of them is your husband.__________PRAISE FOR KAREN CLEVELAND:‘This compulsive, clever thriller will have you reading long into the night’ Red‘An immensely satisfying story with serpentine twists and turns’ Daily Mail'You won't be able to put it down until the final, stunning page' Shari Lapena, author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR'If you read chapter two, you'll miss dinner, stay up far too late, and feel tired at work tomorrow. This is that kind of book. Superb.' Lee Child
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“Superb.” -LC
Music from Lee Child

Dido

Lee Child
Writer
I’m pretty much a classic rock type of guy, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, blues. But I’m a bit of a sucker for Adele, Dido, people like that.
Music from Lee Child

Adele

Lee Child
Writer
I’m pretty much a classic rock type of guy, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, blues. But I’m a bit of a sucker for Adele, Dido, people like that.
Music from Lee Child

Pink Floyd

Lee Child
Writer
A good piece of music untangles thoughts and points a direction for what I should write tomorrow. I’m pretty much a classic rock type of guy, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, blues.
Music from Lee Child

Led Zeppelin

Lee Child
Writer
A good piece of music untangles thoughts and points a direction for what I should write tomorrow. I’m pretty much a classic rock type of guy, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, blues.
Music from Lee Child

Naked Blue

Lee Child
Writer
When Lee was touring for Gone Tomorrow he wrote about meeting two musicians he admired and ended the entry with "... I was a total fanboy all night."
Goods from Lee Child

Restoration Hardware Blackhawk Desk



Lee Child
Writer
There was something about Restoration Hardware for a long time — maybe ten years — when everything that they sold just was my exact taste. It was like my personal fantasy museum: that slightly old-fashioned, slightly distressed, casual but sophisticated look. I’m actually probably their best customer in the history of the world. I love this desk, where I do my writing, so of course it’s completely essential, but I also have Restoration side tables and clocks and a Sorensen sofa that’s perfectly distressed. I love it all.
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The New Yorker



Lee Child
Writer
When I’m not reading books, I’m reading magazines. I really regret that print magazines are going more and more online. Even though I read a lot of books, I love bite-size magazine journalism. Both New York and The New Yorker get into long-form writing with real depth and coverage.
Goods from Lee Child

Baltimore Coffee Jack Reacher Coffee



Lee Child
Writer
Coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world, but in my house it’s the first-most. Once, I was sent a sample from the Baltimore Coffee & Tea Company, and I liked it so much we went into business. If you read the Jack Reacher books, you know about his love of coffee, and it was kind of a literary decision because most of the guys in thrillers are recovering alcoholics, but I thought it’d be nice to have a guy who just loves plain coffee because I love it so much. I haven’t bought coffee for maybe ten years because people are always sending it to me. Now Jack Reacher Coffee is my favorite blend, though.
Goods from Lee Child

606 Universal Shelving System | Vitsœ

The 606 Universal Shelving System, made by Vitsœ and designed by Dieter Rams, is timeless, adaptable, and constantly evolving.
Lee Child
Writer
I don’t know how you pronounce Vitsoe, but they make my idea of the perfect office shelves. I love how they look, but they were designed in 1959, which means they’re not totally practical. Back then, you never had to account for wires, of course, but now, I have electronics with wires down the back and nowhere for them to go. I do love the elegant look they have, though, if not their practicality.
Goods from Lee Child

Classic Silver-Plated Frames from the Pottery Barn

My grandma has seven grandchildren and two children and she has her living room full of photos with every one of us. So when she misses us she looks at
Lee Child
Writer
I actually ran into a problem with the mat boards, though, because they’re very thick (like an eighth of an inch), so the frames I had on hand were too thin. Pottery Barn has great-looking things at a decent price that blend well with practically anything. They’re just a plain, polished metal that’s silver-plated I believe, which suits an old traditional home as well as a modern one. Now, I can display my photos with mats and with nice frames
Places from Lee Child

Arthur Ross Pinetum

The Arthur Ross Pinetum is a four-acre arboretum north of the Great Lawn, featuring a collection of 17 species of pine trees. A walk through this hushed landsca
Lee Child
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And then you come back and walk through the Pinetum, which is very grand and majestic. And then the walk becomes a real New York walk.
Places from Lee Child

Summit Rock

Lee Child
Writer
You can have a little detour to Summit Rock, which is this immense geological thing that reminds me of what the island must have looked like before civilization hit.
Restaurants from Lee Child

La Mirabelle, New York City

Lee Child
Writer
Sometimes I will go to a restaurant called La Mirabelle, on 86th and Columbus, which is a completely authentic middlebrow French restaurant and therefore not quite as popular with the casual Sunday brunch crowd. That’s my favorite cuisine in the whole world, what in France they call a family restaurant. It’s not Michelin-star, it’s not a bistro, it’s somewhere in the middle.