Reacher has also appeared in several short stories by Child. Upon arriving they immediately get into deep trouble that is compounded by some bad news. The action is interspersed with contemplative moments, such as when year-old Jack's grandfather, a prosthetic-limb maker and World War I veteran in Paris, recounts that "… a great war leaves a country with three armies: an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.
In , summoned by military intelligence to Washington, DC, Reacher is sent undercover. The assignment that awaits him: the army is meeting with its Capitol Hill paymasters for classified talks on a new, state-of-the-art sniper rifle for US forces. But vital details about the weapon are leaking from someone at the top of the federal government and probably into the hands of unidentified foreign arms dealers.
The prospect of any and every terrorist, mercenary, or dictator's militia getting their hands on the latest superior firepower is unthinkable. Reacher is tasked with infiltrating the top-secret proceedings and revealing the traitor. He targets a quartet of high-powered Army political liaison officers—all of them fast-track women on their way to the top. According to his bosses, it's a zero-danger mission, but Reacher knows that things are rarely what they seem.
The story is set in the moments before the beginning of the novel Gone Tomorrow. Reacher, while at a blues music club, observes what he believes to be the beginning of a kidnapping as part of a Russian mafia dispute. The story features Reacher, still in the Army as a captain, helping James Penney, a Vietnam War veteran who has recently been made redundant at work and had his car stolen.
When Penney unknowingly becomes a fugitive after he accidentally burns down two neighbours' houses in the course of deliberately burning down his own in an act of frustration after being fired , Reacher helps Penney obtain a new identity so he can start a new life.
The story has appeared in Fresh Blood 3 , an anthology of mystery short stories edited by Mike Ripley and Maxim Jakubowski ,  and in Thriller , a short story anthology of thrillers written by International Thrillers, Inc. This novella, published in ,  opens on 13 July  with an almost seventeen year old Reacher stopping by in New York in the middle of a heat wave to visit his brother at West Point when he encounters a woman Jill Hemingway being assaulted by a man.
He drives off the man after a small scuffle, only to learn that the man is Croselli, one of the mob bosses of New York City. Croselli had slapped Hemingway for wearing a wire tape, and from this he deduced that Hemingway was an FBI agent. Hemingway warns him to leave the city before midnight or else Croselli would have his men kill him.
They then part ways. Inside the club they find Hemingway along with one of Croselli's henchmen, who promptly calls his boss on seeing Reacher. Meanwhile, Reacher gets to know that Jill Hemingway had been suspended from the FBI, pending review as part of the deal cut by Croselli with the FBI and that she was planning to bring him down.
Reacher takes care of the henchman, just before a power outage strikes, before making his escape with Chrissie. Chrissie and Reacher then make out in her car, when they encounter the Son of Sam , a serial killer who killed couples making out in cars. Son of Sam couldn't see Chrissie and leaves, but not before Reacher gets a good look at his posture and mannerisms.
Reacher and Chrissie then meet Hemingway outside Croselli's hideout. Hemingway informs Reacher that due to the outage, Croselli's men were out protecting various businesses that paid him money, from looters and plunderers, leaving Croselli alone in his warren.
Chrissie and Reacher part ways and then Reacher breaks into the hideout to take care of Croselli but not before he gets him to profess his various crimes on tape. They then go to a motel where Jill dies of a myocardial infarction. The story ends with the Son of Sam being apprehended 28 days after the outage, based on Reacher's description.
This story was initially released exclusively in the eBook format.
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A short story published as part of the UK hardback edition of Never Go Back , the story is told from the perspective of a female detective investigating an alleged shooting. Reacher, while in the hospital, relates the events prior to the story beginning. This was also included in the June—July Esquire magazine. The book is 5. Hitchhiking in Maine near the Canada—US border, Reacher is picked up by a trio of Canadians who claim to be outdoor enthusiasts.
At the end of the road trip, Reacher parts ways with his companions and finds himself near a hiking trail sealed off by the US Army under mysterious circumstances. Reacher subsequently investigates the closure of the trail when one of the Canadians returns to seek his help. Reacher and Heller soon find out that the chief enforcer for the Albanian mafia in Boston, Alex Dushku also known as "Allie Boy" , will soon arrive to meet DeLong whom he is coercing into giving one of his enterprises a clean chit in a purported audit to be conducted by DeLong.
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Outside the bar, Reacher and Heller beat Dushku unconscious and steal his bribe money, which they then split between themselves before parting ways. DeLong, not having received the bribe money, is no longer under contractual obligation to carry out the subterfuge. This story is set in , when Jack Reacher is serving as an officer in the military police. A young lieutenant colonel in a stylish handmade uniform roars through the damp woods of Georgia in her new silver Porsche, until she meets a very tall soldier with a broken-down car. This story takes place in Manhattan's Flatiron District.
Jack Reacher has an unusual encounter in a diner reminiscent of the Edward Hopper painting " Nighthawks ". Temperance Brennan is being investigated for the murder of a reporter.
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A reporter who was re-opening an old suicide case that Reacher investigated. Included in MatchUp, a collection of co-authored short stories by male and female thriller authors Lee Child and Kathy Reichs. Reacher visits a hollowed-out town in Maine, where he witnesses a random bag-snatching but sees much more than a simple crime. Jack Reacher, ex-military drifter of no fixed abode, is stalked and tracked down by an FBI agent.
She tells him that in a house raid in Sydney, Australian law enforcement found a list. There were four people on it, including him. The other three are dead.
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Hours later, Reacher is in the air, on his way to Sydney. What was the evil buried 25 years ago that has now resurfaced? Will Reacher be able to find the killers before they find him? The series has sold over 60 million copies.
All of the Jack Reacher novels have been released in audio version in MP3 format. The most consistent narrator for these is Dick Hill. Lee Child was quoted as saying, "Reacher's size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way. Christopher McQuarrie did not direct, due to other commitments with another Cruise film, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation ,   and was replaced with Edward Zwick. The film was released 21 October On 14 November , Child announced that he made a deal with Skydance Television and Paramount Television to produce a Jack Reacher series based on Child's novels, during which feature films would no longer be produced.
He also stated that Tom Cruise would not be returning to the role, and that another actor would be cast in the role, which he hoped would more properly represent the character than seen so far in the films.
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Paramount Television and Skydance Television are said to be produce the potential series. Child said of the recasting:  Child commented:.
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