Lee Child is The New York Times bestselling British thriller writer best known for his Jack Reacher series about a former Army military police major turned drifter. His first Jack Reacher novel, “Killing Floor” was published in 1997 and won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. “Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel” is the twentieth novel in the series and it was just released this month.
According to Wikipedia “Make Me” begins when a man named Keever is killed and buried in a sty. Thereafter Jack Reacher arrives at a small Oklahoma town named Mother’s Rest and wonders about the story behind the name. The town is hidden within wheat fields, has a railroad stop and the townspeople are aloof and watchful.
As he’s getting off the train into town he meets a young woman named Michelle Chang. She claims to be an ex-FBI agent turned private investigator and is looking for her colleague Keever. Since he’s not in much of a hurry Reacher teams up with her and together they start asking questions around town. The search takes him on a wild goose chase through major cities like Chicago and Los Angeles and eventually back to where it all began in Mother’s Rest. It would have been easier to walk away but his motto has always been ‘if you want me to stop, you’re going to have to make me.’
Lee Child is the pen name of Jim Grant who has written twenty bestsellers with eleven of them reaching number one status. He spent years as a presentation director for Granada Television in Manchester. After he was let go due to corporate restructuring he turned to writing and in 1997 his first novel, “Killing Floor” was published. In 2012 the ninth novel in the series, “One Shot” was made into a movie starring Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.