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Who is Jack Reacher in Lee Child's novels?

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Jack Reacher is the fictional protagonist in author Lee Child's series of novels. He is a former military police officer who travels the country to work and investigate suspicious activities. The character first appeared in Child's novel "Killing Floor," which was published in 1997.

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Reacher wanders around the United States because he is accustomed to being told where to go by the military. He is a drifter and usually travels by hitchhiking.

Reacher was portrayed by Tom Cruise in a 2012 film based on Child's Reacher novel, "One Shot." The film was released under the title "Jack Reacher." All of Child's Reacher novels have been optioned for film.

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