James D. “Jim” Grant , better known by his pen name Lee Child, is a British author who writes thriller novels. He is especially known for his Jack Reacher novel series. The books follow the adventures of a former American military policeman, Jack Reacher, who wanders the United States. His first novel, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony Award, and the Barry Award for Best First Novel.
After being made redundant from his job due to corporate restructuring, Grant decided to start writing novels, stating they are “the purest form of entertainment.” In 1997, his first novel was published and he moved to the United States in the summer of 1998.
His pen name “Lee” comes from a family joke about mispronunciation of the name of Renault’s Le Car, with “Child” indicating where Grant’s books would be placed alphabetically on bookstore and library shelves (in other words, between crime fiction greats Raymond Chandler…
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