Cover for Jack Reacher’s new book revealed – and this time, it’s Personal

Jack Reacher is back this September for another high octane adventure in Personal, Lee Child’s 19th book in the bestselling series.

Little is known of the plot, with Child writing a short teaser on his Facebook page last week:

Someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president.

Only one man could have done it.

And Reacher is the one man who can find him.

This time, it’s personal.

Even with this small tease, we’re excited. Lee Child seems to compete constantly with himself, trying to top his previous book with each new one and usually does so.

Whispers say that large parts of Personal will be set in Child’s native England, as well as the US and France.

In 2014, will we see the Jack Reacher story get a little more, well, personal?

Click here for more details about Lee Child’s Personal

Never Go Back by Lee Child: Jack Reacher Returns In 2013

‘It’s said that a Jack Reacher novel is bought every four seconds somewhere in the world… Lee Child’s genius has been to create a tough guy hero that men will envy and women will adore’ Daily Express.

By addictive bestseller Lee Child, the brand new, action-packed, high-tension Jack Reacher thriller, which sees Reacher, at the end of his long journey, honing in on his target in Virginia at last…

After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington D.C., the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP.

It was the closest thing to a home he ever had.

Read an excerpt of
Never Go Back

Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. He liked her voice on the phone. But the officer sitting behind Reacher’s old desk isn’t a woman.

Why is Susan Turner not there?

What Reacher doesn’t expect is what comes next. He himself is in big trouble, accused of a sixteen-year-old homicide.

And he certainly doesn’t expect to hear these words:

‘You’re back in the army, Major. And your ass is mine.’

Will he be sorry he went back? Or – will someone else?

Click here to buy Never Go Back from Booktopia,
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COMING SOON: A Wanted Man by LEE CHILD + Jack Reacher, the Movie!

Nebraska – and Jack Reacher, huge, hulking and with a freshly busted nose, is still trying to hitch a ride east to Virginia.

He’s picked up by three strangers – two men and a woman.

Immediately he knows they’re all lying about something – and then they run into a police roadblock on the highway.

But they get through.

Because the three are innocent?

Or because the three are now four?

Is Reacher a decoy?

Click here to pre-order. You know you want to.

A WANTED MAN will be available from  3rd September 2012.

Down below you’ll find the trailer for the new movie – JACK REACHER.

Tom Cruise has wowed us as an actor with his range – he gave us the grin in Risky Business, Top Gun, Cocktail and Jerry Maguire, he lost the use of his legs in Born on the Fourth of July, gave us too much info in Eyes Wide Shut, swore like a trooper in Magnolia, found the cold hearted creep within in the documentary Collateral, did fat and bald in Tropic Thunder and now in Jack Reacher, his most challenging role to date, he gives us…  tall?

Nicole won an Oscar by acting the hell out of a prosthetic nose. Tom Cruise is a shoo-in if he can pull off acting TALL.

Three Authors Offer Advice for Writers: Kirsten Tranter, Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross, and LEE CHILD

I had promised to post a new set of three authors offering writing tips every Friday evening but this is the second third fourth time in a row I have forgotten to do so. Hmmm… Maybe I should just promise to post every Saturday? Or even better, forgo the promise… I know what I’ll do.

New announcement: I have long thought the advice offered to aspiring writers in answer to question ten of my Ten Terrifying Questions deserved a vehicle of its own. Well, here it is. I shall post the advice of three very different writers  every [mumble mumble]. Is that clear? Every [mumble mumble].

Bit of history: On March 1, 2010 I posted the first of the Ten Terrifying Questions author interviews. Since that date I have posted over 200 interviews with authors ranging from mega selling global stars like Jackie Collins and Lee Child to brilliant, relatively unknown debut authors such as Favel Parret and  Rebecca James.

Q. What advice do you give aspiring writers?


“Ignore all advice. There’s room for only one mind on your side of the transaction, and it needs to be yours and yours alone.”

Read the full interview here…

Click here to buy The Affair from Booktopia Australia’s No.1 Online Bookshop


“Just type. Also, keep a book with notes in it and collate thoughts in your head when you run, walk or are on the train – it is as, or if not more, important as putting pen to paper.

If that doesn’t work, put a sign on your fridge that says, “If that dingbat Rosso can write a book, anybody can.””

Read the full interview here…

Click here to buy Mum Had a Kingswood from Booktopia Australia’s No.1 Online Book Shop


Read as widely as you can, and train your eye to see what good writers are doing well and how they do it.

Bring to your writing the kind of passion and urgency that Donna Tartt‘s narrator describes in the prologue to The Secret History:

I suppose at one time in my life I might have had any number of stories, but now there is no other. This is the only story I will ever be able to tell.” I think I was only able to find the courage to write my first novel once I truly felt that myself.”

Read the full interview here…

Click here to buy A Common Loss from Booktopia Australia’s No.1 Online Book Shop

For more advice from published writers go here

A note from Duncan Munro, International Jack Reacher Look-Alike Winner 2010 (Thanks to Random House Australia)

Worth Flying For – Tuesday, 23 November 2010

A man walks into a mystery convention….

Okay, so you enjoy reading the Reacher novels. This fictional character is tall and heavy, I’m tall and heavy, he’s blonde with blue eyes, so am I, he was a cop of sorts for thirteen years and mustered out of the army as an officer, I’m still in the army as an officer and have been a cop for 11 years. Reacher enjoys a life free from responsibility and restrictions, he has no car, no fixed address, no wife and children… neither do I. So, reading about a character who enjoys this peripatetic lifestyle is a great way to relax, the ideal escapism when the life of investigating real life crime becomes more disturbing than fiction.

Duncan Munro, International Jack Reacher Look-Alike Winner, with Lee Child, author of the bestselling Jack Reacher series, at Breakfast

What could be better? How about competing in Random House Australia’s recent ‘Are You Jack Reacher?’ competition and winning my name in an upcoming Lee Child thriller. Sound too good to be true? Add to that Lee Child extending an all-expenses-paid invitation to attend The Bouchercon Mystery Convention in San Francisco, to compete in Continue reading

Simon Toyne, author of Sanctus, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Simon Toyne,

author of Sanctus,

Ten Terrifying Questions


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in an out-of-the-way, seaside town called Cleethorpes in the north east of England. I lived there until I was 9 then began a gradual migration south, ending up at Goldsmiths College in London where I studied English and Drama.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

At twelve, I wanted to be an actor because it seemed glamorous and exciting; at eighteen I wanted to be a film director for the same reasons; at thirty I wanted to be married to a beautiful woman and have a couple of fantastic kids. (Only one of these dreams came true).

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

That England would win the world cup in my lifetime.

4. What were three works of art – book or painting or piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?

Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back – the definitive popular cultural works of my generation. (I’m counting these as one choice as you can easily watch them back-to-back with enough caffeine and sugar and a wee break in the middle).

The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris. The textbook for the modern thriller. Beautifully written, so well put together. I read it when it first came out and re-read it when I was writing my first novel to see how he dealt with the mechanics of things like suspense and action. I’m about a third of the way through book two of the Sanctus trilogy and just read it again to keep myself honest. I think this may become a small ritual.

Hamlet, William Shakespeare. I studied it at school and still find myself referencing it. It’s also the one play I’ve seen performed more than any other and it still manages to deliver a great night out.

5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?

I had carved a pretty successful career as a TV executive, but was feeling Continue reading

Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell

OK, it is the time of year for the block buster. Ken Follett is gracing our shores with Fall of Giants, Bryce Courtenay is doing his Christmas thing with Fortune Cookie, Lee Child is Worth Dying For. But what about Ms Cornwell? Well, Our Patricia is back to her brilliant best with Port Mortuary. How do I know?  Not only did our customers beat down our doors with pre-orders, but we are continuing to sell it strongly week after week.

Of course, Cornwell has her die hard fans:

This from Shelley Adams of Thursday Island:

My favourite crime fiction author is definitely Patrictia Cornwell. When I read her outstanding novels, she is the only author who makes me feel like I am in the story as one of her well defined and scripted characters. One minute I’m Lucy, Benton or Dr Scarpetta. Words can not describe how much I enjoy reading her novels. Can’t wait for her next one.

So what is Port Mortuary all about? In this novel, Patricia Cornwell brings Scarpetta together with Marino, Benton, and Lucy in an intimate way that is reminiscent of the early novels. The point of view is Scarpetta’s, and this is her story.

A treacherous path from Scarpetta’s past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she accepted a military scholarship and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

Now, more than twenty years and many career successes later, her secret military ties have drawn her to Dover Air Force Base, where she has been immersed in a training fellowship to master the art of CT-assisted virtual autopsy–a procedure the White House has mandated that she introduce in the private sector.

As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, a joint venture of the state and federal governments and MIT, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally. A young man drops dead, apparently from a cardiac arrhythmia, eerily close to Scarpetta’s new Cambridge home.

Read more….

Now the good news. We had two Patricia Cornwell libraries to give away. One is going up to Shelley on Thursday Island, and the other, is going to Robert Jordan in East Ballina, NSW. How could we resist a comment like this?

I wanted to be one of the first to take up this offer and the chance to get my hands on the Scarpetta backlist, because Patricia Cornwell was the first crime writer I ever read, and from the age of 15 I lovingly collected each new book every year. I absolutely loved them – long before CSI came along! I was disappointed when she stopped writing in first person, although the stories were still okay – but I think thats why I really love Kathy Reichs so much and why this should be good to hear Scarpetta’s voice again!
I’m also about to have my first holiday break in over 5 years and would love to spend some time ‘feet up’ catching up with Scarpetta, Marino and Lucy again!
Please pick me!

Your wish is my command Robert!

Lee Child, author of The Jack Reacher series, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru Asks


author of

The Jack Reacher Series,

Ten Terrifying Questions


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

Born in Coventry, England, raised in nearby Birmingham, England – a huge manufacturing city – schooled there and then at Sheffield University.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

At twelve, loved. At eighteen, laid. At thirty, paid. Because basic necessities always seemed important.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

I had no strongly held beliefs – still don’t … I’m open to experience and constant verification.

4. What were three works of art – book, painting, piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer? Continue reading

What’s Hot for March – Twilight Graphic Novel, Lee Child, Ian McEwan plus a few surprises

It is always fascinating to see what people are attracted to with Booktopia Buzz. The March Buzz went out yesterday afternoon, and although people tend to read it at their leisure over time, I always like to have a peak at the click-throughs to see what is generating interest, and what is being ordered.

The big winner so far (after not even 24 hours of a e-newsletter that has a life of three or four weeks) is Lee Child’s Killing Floor. No surprises there as this is a special price edition of the first Jack Reacher novel, which we are letting go at $4.95. A lot of people pre-ordered 61 Hours, (out on March 18), but people have been putting their hands up for that one since December.

The other one that attracted a lot of attention yesterday was our exclusive pack of 6 Grug books – including the new one Grug and the Circus. Our Grug packs are always terrific value and this one is no exception. There are going to be a lot of happy kids out there.

Vampires and all things paranormal continue to hold sway, with plenty of people checking out the Twilight graphic novel, the new Australian editions of Melissa de la Cruz’ Blue Bloods series and Dawn of the Dreadfuls, the latest Pride and Prejudice and Zombies offering.

And debut author Natasha Solomons has gone head to head with Mr Man Booker himself, Ian McEwan. I waxed lyrical about both Mr Rosenblum’s List (Natasha Solomons) and Solar (Ian McEwan). I loved them both and we have equal numbers of pre-orders for both, but in general, they are attracting different buyers. At this stage however, given she’s the underdog, I’d have to say, Go Natasha!

Jack Reacher Vs The Dalai Lama

The Killing FloorAs we know life in the suburbs has its many rewards – there is your family, your flat screen TV, your five burner BBQ. And, as we also know, these marvels are normally enough to keep us all fairly happy and relatively docile. All is usually sweet.

But when the traffic is bad to and from work, or when the guy before you in the line at your favourite café gets the last chocolate donut, or when your boss forgets your name, or when your credit card is maxed out at the supermarket and you have to put everything back, you have only one recourse, you rush home to watch the Bourne Trilogy for the millionth time. But, sadly, even the Bourne DVDs lose their restorative powers after a time.

I’m here to offer you an alternative to Bourne… The Jack Reacher Novels by Lee Child.

Jack Reacher is a loner.

Jack Reacher is tough.

Jack Reacher is exactly the kind of hero you can turn to in your time of need…

In short, he is just like you would be if you had chosen to study Kick-Arse 101 instead of Maths, English, Geography and How to be a Model-Citizen for Dummies.

The Jack Reacher novels move at a million miles an hour, they are action packed, they are funny, they are clever and they are utterly irresistible.

But best of all, after you’re done, after the last page is read and Jack Reacher is through killing the bad guys, you can close the book knowing that he has also restored the balance in your life, that he has made suburbia seem liveable again, and, most importantly, he will have calmed, for a time, the savage beast residing within your suburban breast.

The following day you will be able to drive to work as calmly and as happily as the Dalai Lama.

If Lee Child, the author of the Jack Reacher series, is not nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize soon, there will be trouble.

Start your therapy now with the first Jack Reacher novel – Killing Floor.

Come on, you know you want to.

Five Great Heroes:

1: Shane ‘Scarecrow’ Schofield from Matthew Reilly’s Ice Station

2: Jason Bourne from Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity

3: Richard Sharpe from Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe’s Tiger

4: Edmond Dantès from Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo

5: Gabriel Allon from Daniel Silva’s The Kill Artist


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