Lee Child

Three thrillers by guys named Joe picked by a master of the genre.



Lee Child's signature creation -- taciturn, itinerant, ex-MP Jack Reacher -- has barreled through sixteen blockbuster novels, dispensing a unique brand of brutal justice along the way. The most recent entry in the series, A Wanted Man, finds Reacher entangled in a sinister conspiracy after he hitches a ride with the wrong people. When we asked Child to pick a trio of his favorite books, he responded with "three great thrillers by guys named Joe."


Books by Lee Child



Istanbul Passage

By Joseph Kanon


"I'm crazy about Kanon's books -- all set in high-temperature periods of recent history, all blending small human stories with huge tectonic events. This one happens in espionage-riddled post-World War Two Istanbul and captures the dusty backwater feel to perfection. As meaty as John Le Carré, as good as Graham Greene."



Buried Secrets

By Jospeh Finder


"The stakes in this one are as high as they get -- a rich teenage girl is kidnapped and buried alive. Hero Nick Heller has just hours to find her, but his job is made all the harder because no one is telling him the truth -- not even the girl's father."





Harbor Nocturne

By Joseph Wambaugh


"Wambaugh is one of the best cop novelists ever, and this one blends his Hollywood Station characters with a beautiful young Mexican made to work in an LA nightclub. Both exactly what you'd expect and nothing like what you'd expect -- that's Wambaugh's signature genius."

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