Die Trying
by Lee Child. Putnam, 1998. First edition indicated by standard Putnam number line of the time, starting with a ‘1.’ Quarto. Red quarter cloth and paper boards. Front cover has author initials and chevron from side to side.

The first Reacher novel, Killing Floor, was not a huge immediate success, so the second one, Die Trying, also wound up on the remainder table. Only later did prices escalate as the series took off. In person Child is a very nice man who impresses audiences, no doubt a key to his success. The construction of this book is typical of the era, reading leaves its mark but the jacket is somewhat more sturdy than usual and holds up fairly well.

As can be seen, Child’s signature isn’t the most elegant but does not change in person from that on tipped-in sheets.