Jack Reacher and the Christmas Scorpion

Jack Reacher and the Christmas Scorpion by Lee Child
Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and the Christmas Scorpion

For those of you who may have missed it, The Daily Mail published Lee Child’s two-part short story: Jack Reacher and the Christmas Scorpion.

Part I:

Part II:


NO MIDDLE NAME (Collection of Jack Reacher Shorts)



Coming May 16,2017

From LeeChild.com

This anthology compiles the complete collection of Reacher short stories to date and includes an original novella, “Too Much Time”, which leads into THE MIDNIGHT LINE (the 22nd Reacher novel due fall 2017) alongside eleven reader favorites: “Deep Down”, “Everyone Talks”, “Guy Walks into a Bar”, “High Heat”, “James Penney’s New Identity” (the original version which is longer), “Maybe They Have a Tradition”, “No Room at the Motel”, “Not a Drill”, “Second Son”, “Small Wars”, and “The Picture of the Lonely Diner”.


All I can say is: Wow, the response to this was INCREDIBLE. Honestly, I had no idea that so many would respond (or how long it would take to gather all of the entries) to this giveaway! Thank you all for participating!

And now, without further ado, the winner of the SIGNED copy of Lee Child’s MAKE ME is…


Congratulations! An email has been sent to you with the required information. Don’t forget you have five days to respond!

Didn’t win? Don’t feel bad as we have MORE giveaways coming up soon, and if you’ve subscribed to the blog you’ll be automatically entered!

Until next time my friends!

= Dan.


Win a signed copy of Lee Child's MAKE ME.
Win a signed copy of Lee Child’s MAKE ME.

In celebration of Lee Child’s birthday we’re giving away a SIGNED copy of his latest release, MAKE ME!

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The contest runs until 10/31/2015 11:59:59 PM PST and I will randomly select the winner after I have collected all entries.

Good luck!


Lee Child
Lee Child

From Wikipedia:
Jim Grant
(born 29 October 1954), better known by his pen name Lee Child, is a British thriller writer. His first novel, Killing Floor, won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel.

Each of Child’s novels follows the adventures of a former American military policeman, Jack Reacher, who wanders the United States.

Jim Grant was born in Coventry, England. His father was a civil servant and his younger brother, Andrew Grant, is also a thriller novelist. Grant’s parents moved him and his three brothers to Handsworth Wood in Birmingham when he was four years old, so that the boys could get a better education. Grant attended Cherry Orchard Primary School in Handsworth Wood until the age of 11. He attended King Edward’s School, Birmingham.

Check out the full Wikipedia article here.

Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel is out TODAY!

My apologies on being so scarce as of late! Between work, my own writing and vacation, I’ve been swamped!

So, for a quick FYI: I’m wrapping up the review and Reacher Meter for RUNNING BLIND, but in the meantime (as if you didn’t know this already) MAKE ME released today! Please share your thoughts in Lee’s latest as I’m really curious to know. There seems to be a mixed bag of reviews over to Amazon currently, and I know many have told me that the writing seems a bit tired, but I’d like to know what you think.

See you back here soon!

Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel
Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel


TRIPWIRE: A Jack Reacher Novel
TRIPWIRE: A Jack Reacher Novel

TLCE: Were you still living in the UK when you wrote TRIPWIRE, or had you already started going back and forth between the US and UK by then. Do you find that one provides a better writing experience for you over the other? At what point did you finally decide to purchase a home in the US, and why?

Lee Child: I had been going back and forth more than twenty years by that point, but the book was written entirely in the UK – interrupted early on by the US launch of Killing Floor, I remember.  The location wasn’t important in terms of the quality of the writing experience – but the relative peace and quiet was enjoyable.  Early in his career a writer has nothing much to do except write, whereas now I always have a million other things to attend to.  We moved about a year after TRIPWIRE was finished, when our daughter was done with high school and ready for college.

TLCE: Did you start writing TRIPWIRE with that idea that Jodie would continue on into other novel(s) as Reacher’s love interest, or did that just kind of happen as you wrote her character? What made you decide to give Reacher more of a serious love interest in this one?

Lee Child: I never know what’s going to happen in the current novel, never mind the next one.  But I thought it was important at that point to show some deeper emotional history for Reacher, hence the more intense relationship with Jodie, which kind of obliged me to bring her back in the next book.

TLCE: Identity Theft in 1997 wasn’t the phenomenon/crime that it is today. That’s not to say that it didn’t happen, but it wasn’t something that was as discussed as it is today in this age of technology. If you were to write a new “TRIPWIRE” today, how did you think it would differ (if at all)? Would technology play a larger role for you, or do you think you’d stick to the more old-school crime of paper and muscle? Was there anything in particular that drove you to use this subject?

Lee Child: I didn’t really see it in terms of modern identity theft – more an ancient battlefield trope, where the smoke clears and one guy has assumed another casualty’s identity.  I don’t think I would need to write it differently now.

TLCE: For that matter, when you’re writing a new Reacher novel, how do you balance the current world vs the world/year in which the novel takes place? Do you ever catch current technologies creeping up in a Reacher novel that maybe takes place ten years ago?

Lee Child: Certainly my own reluctant familiarity with technology seeps into the stories as time goes by.  But I’m pretty good at remembering how things were, so if I’m writing about the past I can keep things straight.

TLCE: Finally, and this one is really for me: What happens to Chester and Marilyn? Did he get his business back? Did they stay together? Did they lose everything? TRIPWIRE ends without tying up that thread–at least that I’m aware of. Are there answers to these questions? Were they left open ended because you planned to go back and visit their story at a later date, or did I just completely miss the mark somewhere and those questions were actually answered?

Lee Child: No, those questions were never answered.  For me it was a small exploration of the theory of fiction.  I think the reader creates the book just as much as the writer – first it is written, then it is read, and then it exists.  So my theory was, Chester and Marilyn Stone are created by the reader too, not me alone, so the reader’s answers to those questions are just as valid as mine.  I wanted the reader to invent their future.  I think it was a failed experiment, probably.

Lee Child invites you to join this summer’s read-along of THE ENEMY

THE ENEMY: A Jack Reacher Novel
THE ENEMY: A Jack Reacher Novel

So here’s something of interest from a recent Lee Child Facebook post:

This summer we are calling all Reacher Creatures – old and new – to join in a read-along of a select group of Jack Reacher novels. We will be reading THE ENEMY throughout June. Feel free to post your favorite lines and scenes from the book in the comments.

This is pretty cool. Reading along with others and sharing your favorite lines could be a lot fun. I have to imagine it’s like going to see an awesome movie with a friend and getting to talk about it–knowledgeably–after. I’m curious if the quotes that get shared are diverse, or if most have the same affinity for what I like to call:

    (reach-er-is-um, noun)
    * a true bad-ass statement.
    “I’m not afraid of death. Death’s afraid of me.”

I’m reading RUNNING BLIND right now and I’m holding firm to reading the books in order, so I won’t be joining this round, but I look forward to it in the future.

Anyway, check it out and join in on the fun. And, in case you’re not aware, there is also a Reacher Creatures group available to join on Facebook as well.



TRIPWIRE: A Jack Reacher Novel
TRIPWIRE: A Jack Reacher Novel

TRIPWIRE: A Jack Reacher Novel
Release Date: May 29, 2007

Reacher’s anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who’s come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI’s trail back to New York, Reacher’s compelled to find out who was looking for him and why. He never expected the reasons to be so personal–and twisted.

“Time to choose, you help me or you die.”
– Jack Reacher, TRIPWIRE

The Reacher Meter: TRIPWIRE
The Reacher Meter: TRIPWIRE

I don’t know, maybe it was the stress I was dealing with selling my home back in Maine while reading TRIPWIRE, but this was a really tough read for me. I had to make myself go back to reading it. Not because it’s a bad book, or written poorly, but I simply lost interest once Reacher left Florida.

Don’t get me wrong, there were some terrific moments. I loved the opening scene with Reacher in Florida at the outdoor bar (I made a point to mention it to my wife). I could almost feel the hot summer breeze blowing through the air as he enjoyed his steak, and I really enjoyed Reacher’s initial fun messing with the private detective, Costello. And moonlighting as a bouncer at a strip club? Genius; exactly something I could see Reacher doing.

Unfortunately after that it all started to fall apart for me. Instead of the hard-headed Reacher that I’d come to expect (and wanted), I got a much tamer Reacher who was more concerned with being right. Seriously, multiple scenes had him repeating his shock over being wrong about Victor Hobie. Why the sudden insecurity from the cave crawling, walnut-filled condom named Jack Reacher? I can only guess that Child wanted to shift Reacher to be more of a thinking man,  falling back on muscle as a last resort. Mind you, that’s not a bad thing, just unexpected based on the previous two novels.

In the end, what really bothered me the most was the fact that Marilyn and Chester Stone’s story–what I believed to be the meat-and-potatoes here–was seemingly dismissed without closure. Their story was the one I cared about most. What happened to them? Did Chester get his business back? If so, how? Did Marilyn leave him or stick around to see it through in spite of Chester’s poor decision making abilities? Why was Chester such a wuss? What about all the employees that abandoned him in his “hour of need”? Did he tell them all to go pound sand in the end, or did everything pick back up in the aftermath as if nothing had happened? Did they lose their house or get to keep it? And what happened to Sheryl? Did she go back to selling real estate or did her experience make her gun-shy to showing anymore homes?

I was glad the Hobie family got the answer they were looking for, but their story took a back seat to the front and center stage of Chester’s business deal. So much of this novel was centered around this that when I’d finished reading and realized that their story was never wrapped I had to go back and make sure I hadn’t missed a chapter. This left me bereft and full of unanswered questions that I hope Lee will soon answer for me.

So far TRIPWIRE is my least favorite. It does however remain one of my wife’s favorites. She really digs the forensics aspect when Reacher and Jodie venture to Hawaii. Solving the riddle of the bones was great and added a nice twist to the story and I liked it, but I’m simply left with way too many questions in the end.

Having said that, I’m really looking forward to RUNNING BLIND. In spite of the oddness between Reacher and Jodie’s past, I like the yin and yang to their relationship. I hope this read continues on with their story–even though I know it can’t last.

Anyway, thanks for following and I’ll see y’all again soon!