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Takes cult hero Jack Reacher back in time, to his younger days as a Military Policeman in the US Army.

Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the new blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise, in his younger days as a Military Policeman in the US Army.New Year's Day, 1990.

A soldier is found dead in a sleazy motel bed. Jack Reacher is the officer on duty. The soldier turns out to be a two-star general. The situation is bad enough, then Reacher finds the general's wife.

This stomach-churning thriller turns back the clock to a younger Reacher, in dogtags. A Reacher who still believes in the service. A Reacher who imposes army discipline. Even if only in his own pragmatic way...


Complex, classy crime


One of the best writers in this genre ... And nobody does it better

The Sunday Telegraph

The thing about Lee Child's books is that you can't put the damn things down... there's something about his writing that's addictive. The Enemy is no exception...Superb

Independent on Sunday

Lee Child fans will love this prequel to the bestselling Jack Reacher novels. At last Child shares the events that shaped the maverick hero of his last six novels into an ass-kicking, irreverent good guy. If you're one of the few people who haven't sampled the sublime thrill of a Child novel, this blast from the past is the best place to start

Scottish Daily Record

An unforgettable hero...may be the best Reacher book yet


Packs a Dirty Harry wallop...Lean, dynamic storytelling

New York Times

Possibly Child's best Reacher novel yet

Yorkshire Post

Another great book for him, gives us hero Jack Reacher's back-story. Hurrah

Kate Atkinson, Daily Telegraph

Lee Child writes a good story, twisting it into labyrinthine folds and keeping his readers guessing right to the end. He has obviously done his research

Irish Times

Utterley irresistible, proof that there is no substitute...


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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    April 1, 2014


    560 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    May 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    560 pages

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The Midnight Line
No Middle Name
Killing Floor
Die Trying
Make Me
The Hard Way
A Wanted Man
The Visitor
Echo Burning
Bad Luck And Trouble
Gone Tomorrow
Without Fail
The Affair
61 Hours
Worth Dying For
Past Tense
The Christmas Scorpion
Too Much Time
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Small Wars


Make Me
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The Thirst
The Store
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Don't Let Go
The Couple Next Door
The Lost Symbol
The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
I Am Pilgrim
Baby Teeth
The Word Is Murder
Fifty Fifty
Dragonfly In Amber
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Golden House