Mark asked Lee Child:

What other names did you consider when you created Reacher.?

Lee Child If you’ve read my first novel, KILLING FLOOR, you might remember it’s written in first person. It isn’t until Chapter Two when someone asks my main character for his name. I had no idea. My wife enlisted me to help her with the shopping, and while I was at the store a nice little old lady asked if I would reach some cans placed on a high shelf. After she thanked me, my wife said if the writing didn’t work out, I could get a job as a “reacher” in a supermarket and I thought, “Good name!”
Lee Child

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