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'Jack Reacher' author awarded for lifetime achievement

AFP   February 14, 2013
First Published: 12:27 IST(14/2/2013) | Last Updated: 17:24 IST(14/2/2013)

Lee Child, author of 17 novels including "Killing Floor," "One Shot," and "The Affair," has been awarded the Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement in crime fiction.

The ex-TV producer joins Frederick Forsyth, Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell and P.D. James on a list of 27 previous winners.

"Lee is one of the few British crime thriller authors to have become a global brand name; he is also an extremely charming and open person and a tireless promoter of our genre," said CWA Chair Peter James.

The author's prominence increased in 2012 when Tom Cruise took on the role of recurring protagonist Jack Reacher in a film of the same name, based on the story told in "One Shot."

"Never Go Back," Jack Reacher's eighteenth outing, is currently scheduled for publication in August 2013.

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