Former television director Lee Child is the author of 25 New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, with 16 having reached the No. 1 position, and the No. 1 bestselling complete Jack Reacher story collection, No Middle Name. In Better Off Dead: A Jack Reacher Novel (Delacorte Press) – the 26th installment of the Reacher saga, co-written with his brother, Andrew Child – we meet our hero heading west, walking under the desert sun. Suddenly he comes upon a curious scene: a Jeep crashed into the only tree for miles around, with a woman slumped over its steering wheel. Is she dead? No – and nothing is what it seems. She’s an army veteran-turned-FBI agent and she’s trying to find her twin brother, who might be mixed up with some very dangerous people. Reacher is good at finding people who don’t want to be found, but this will be the riskiest job of his life.