Lee Child ought to be illegal.
A couple of years ago, I was supposed to receive an award from him at a banquet. I had never read any of this books, so thought I had better check one out before I met him. I picked up a Jack Reacher book, entirely at random, and figured I'd try a few pages. Next thing I knew I'd read it all. "Hey, that was really good," I thought. "I'll try another." I did. And then another, and another, and another, and... well, you get the idea. There are an awful lot of Jack Reacher books, and now it seems I have read them all, and cannot wait for Lee to write a new one.
His books are utterly addictive. You can't stop reading them. Or at least I can't.
Surely that should be a crime.
– George RR Martin, (Praise for Lee Child)
"By the end of reading this one [The Reacher Guy], you just might find yourself liking Jim Grant even more than his novels."
– CrimeReads, The Best Crime and Mystery Criticism of 2020
"[Martin] is a skilled and audacious interlocutor... but her subject is just as adept an interviewee... The superhuman Reacher may be loved by millions, but it's the Reacher Guy who has the edge: he knows what [it] is to be human."
– Paraic O'Donnell, The Irish Times
“[B]limey, future biographers will be hard pushed to outdo Martin for details.”
– Dominic Maxwell, The Times
“The Reacher Guy is a must-buy for any aspiring novelist, thanks in particular to its terrific insight into how Child’s first book was written…"
– Michael Deacon, The Telegraph
"Martin touches on the dark poetry that runs at the base of these violent thrillers."
"This superbly crafted biography of Lee Child... is a homage to the bestselling thriller writer even as it casts a wry eye over the man and his tough guy hero Jack Reacher."
– Fiona Capp, The Sydney Morning Herald