What Novel Is First in the Jack Reacher Series?


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The first novel featuring the fictional character Jack Reacher was “Killing Floor,” published in 1997. As of 2015, author Lee Child has written 20 Jack Reacher novels. Lee Child is the pen name of British author Jim Grant.

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“Killing Floor” introduced readers to the fictional protagonist, Jack Reacher, a former military police officer who roams the United States, taking odd jobs and investigating and solving crimes. In “Killing Floor,” Reacher arrives in a small town in Georgia, where he is arrested for murder. The novel won the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for best first novel.

In 2004, Child wrote a prequel called “The Enemy,” set eight years before “Killing Floor.” In 2012, the novel “Never Go Back” was made into a feature film called “Jack Reacher,” starring Tom Cruise.

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