The novels of Lee Child are works of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2012 by Lee Child

All rights reserved.

Published in the United States by Delacorte Press, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.

DELACORTE PRESS is a registered trademark of Random House, Inc., and the colophon is a trademark of Random House, Inc.

Published in the United Kingdom as Reacher’s Rules by Bantam Press, an imprint of Transworld Publishers, A Random House Group Company.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Child, Lee.

Jack Reacher's rules / with an introduction by Lee Child.

p. cm.

ISBN 978-0-345-54429-2

Ebook ISBN 978-0-345-54430- 8

1. Reacher, Jack (Fictitious character)—Fiction. 2. Ex-police officers— Fiction.

3. Police—Handbooks, manuals, etc.—Fiction. I. Title.

PS3553.H4838J33 2012

813'.54—dc23       2012038282

Compiled by Val Hudson

Designed by Nick Avery Design

Original research by Dot Youngs

Cover design and illustration: Carlos Beltran


Jack Reacher, of no fixed address, is a former major in the U.S. Military Police. Since leaving the army, the authorities have not been able to locate his whereabouts, although his name mysteriously crops up from time to time in connection with investigations into murders, terrorist threats, and other breaches of the law.



Title Page


Introduction by LEE CHILD

Be Prepared

Breaking and Entering

Choose Your Weapons

The United States Army Military Police

The Rules of Coffee

Conquer Your Fear

Confronting Death

Cracking Codes and Passwords



Fighting Tips


First Aid

Getting Mad

Hand-to-Hand Combat

How to Shake Hands

The Wimbledon Cup

Hitchhiking—the Rules

How to Extract Information

Know How to Find Your Way Around a City

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