Reader’s Ask Diane Capri About Don’t Know Jack

We are thrilled to report that Don’t Know Jack is receiving a welcome reception both from readers who’ve never met Jack Reacher and those who love him. Either way, readers ask great questions, such as:

Reacher fan: Fifteen years ago, in The Killing Floor, Jack Reacher came to Margrave kind of by accident. He got into a mess, fixed everything, and then left. Now, Don’t Know Jack gives us the rest of the story. I love this concept! How did you come up with it?

Diane Capri:  I’m a huge Reacher fan myself. The idea for the series started to percolate when Lee Child asked me, “Who in his right mind would hunt Reacher? You?” After a bit, another problem popped up. Where would she even start to look? Reacher always moves on. No forwarding address. No plan. No trace. Carrying nothing but his toothbrush. And then I thought, “But what about the people left behind? What happens to them? How has Reacher changed their lives?” Don’t Know Jack answers that question for the folks in Margrave, where Reacher made his on-screen debut in The Killing Floor.


New to Reacher reader:  It’s obvious you carefully researched everything about this book. How much of the counterfeiting and offshore banking facts are true? Can’t people hide money in offshore banks anymore?

Diane Capri: It’s very hard to create and maintain a secret bank account anywhere in the world these days, believe it or not. Fighting world-wide terrorism is the main reason countries have allowed unprecedented access by foreign governments. So if you’re thinking about hiding anything in a bank, beware. Counterfeiting is a bigger problem than most people think, too. I wrote about that here: Don’t Make Your Own Cash.

Reacher fan:  Why call Reacher a “stone cold killer” in the book’s description?

Diane Capri:  Don’t Know Jack is told from the point of view of two FBI Special Agents. Without spoiling the story, these agents believe Reacher’s a killer based on his background as they know it at the story’s outset. Otto and Gaspar haven’t spent any time in Reacher’s head the way we Reacher fans have. We know when trouble finds him, Reacher will do whatever it takes. Dispassionately. Without remorse. But there’s much more to Reacher than that, as we already know and Otto and Gaspar find out.

Reacher fan:  Agent Otto assumes the worst about Reacher as soon as she reads his super skinny file. But they have a lot in common, don’t they? Like her, he was a cop; like her, he’s worked with the FBI a few times. They even share an obsession with coffee.

Diane Capri:  Ah, yes, we coffee junkies do stick together. *laughs* Kim Otto is plucked from sleep, sent into an unknown situation, and told to work “under the radar” without her FBI safety net. She’s an anxious person to begin with, but Reacher’s exceedingly well trained and more than twice her size. She reads the file materials she’s been given and discovers two more things that scare her. Reacher’s FBI files have been stripped to the bone, which is frightening enough because it implies someone with high security clearance and authority is playing the puppeteer; and Reacher has deliberately hidden himself underground since he was discharged from the army fifteen years ago. Kim knows that most veterans, especially expert snipers, don’t simply vanish on a whim. Under these circumstances, forewarned is forearmed. She’d be crazy not to prepare for the worst, don’t you think?

Lee Child

New to Reacher reader:  I loved this book, and now I’m going to read Lee Child, too. I loved the two main characters and the way they relate to each other. I laughed out loud a few times at the back and forth. And I love the way this one ends because that means there will be more books in the series as Otto and Gaspar search for Reacher, right?

Diane Capri:  I’m so glad you love the book. I hope there will be many more books in the series. Stay tuned…

Have you read Don’t Know Jack? How about The Killing Floor? What questions do you have for Diane Capri? Leave them in a comment below and Diane will answer for you. And be sure to sign up for our mailing list so we can let you know when new books are released and special opportunities arise. Sign up by clicking HERE to fill out your contact information.



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25 Responses to Reader’s Ask Diane Capri About Don’t Know Jack

  1. Melinda VanLone February 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    This was fun, thanks Diane! And all I can say is there better be another book! This makes me feel like the world Reacher lives in is so real…I might just bump into Otto one day and tell her all about Reacher! 😉

    • Diane Capri February 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

      It’s fun to discover Reacher all over again, too, isn’t it? We know him so well from being in his head in 16 books. But what if we were watching him from the outside? Thanks, Melinda! And I’ll get right back to work on Book #2!

  2. Karen McFarland February 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    I know I don’t know Jack, but after this I have a feeling that I’m gonna! 🙂

    • Diane Capri February 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

      You’ll love him when you do, Karen!

  3. Debra Eve February 23, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    Nice piece, Diane. I’ve not read any of the Reacher novels. I’m not a huge thriller fan. However, I just finished Don’t Know Jack…couldn’t put it down! (Will get the reviews up shortly.) And, big bonus for me, discovered Lee Child is a late bloomer. He started writing after getting laid off from his corporate job (for 20 years) at age 42. So now I have to read him!

    • Diane Capri February 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the book, Debra. And I’m sure Lee will be thrilled to have a new fan!

  4. Julie Hedlund February 24, 2012 at 1:48 am #

    So fun to see you take reader’s questions Diane. I hope you do more of these!

    • Diane Capri February 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

      I’m planning on it, Julie. Let me know if you have anything in particular you’d like me to answer. The only thing I’m trying to avoid is mentioning spoilers. Everything else is fair game.

  5. Jennette Marie Powell February 24, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    I’m one of the new-to-Reacher readers, and I really enjoyed this book! So now I just might have to pick up The Killing Floor. Fun Q&A!

    • Diane Capri February 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      It’s great that you loved the book, Jen! Thanks for letting me know! (And I’ll bet you’d love Killing Floor, too. Keep us posted!)

  6. Pat O'Dea Rosen February 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    I’m a Reacher fan, Diane and, as such, think I know things about him that Otto and Gaspar initially don’t. What reader doesn’t enjoy feeling a bit superior at the outset of a book?

    • Diane Capri February 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

      Good to know, Pat, since it’ll take a while for Otto & Gaspar to catch up with Reacher fans like you!

  7. Debra Kristi February 24, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    This was really cool Diane. Thank you for such a great Q & A.

    • Diane Capri February 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

      Thanks for reading, Debra!

  8. Louise Behiel February 27, 2012 at 12:28 am #

    this book is in my kindle and I can’t wait to get to it. every thing I hear and read move it up the TBR list in my kindle. thanks for a fun post.

    • Diane Capri February 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

      Thanks, Louise! Looking forward to your reactions!

  9. Mike Hanson March 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    I have devoured the entire Reacher series…many of the books more than once. I’ve read the multi-chapter teaser and can’t wait to read your book. Question…is the ebook only in Kindle format or can I read it on my Nook\iPad? I can’t find it anywhere on B&N. Thank you! Looking forward to reading more!


    • Diane Capri March 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

      Mike, I think we’ve already ironed this out for you, but yes you can read Don’t Know Jack on your iPad. Download the free Kindle App from Amazon, and then you can easily read all of my books and many others. If this doesn’t work for you, please let me know and we’ll get it taken care of. Thanks for your interest in my books and I hope you love them!

  10. David A Jones March 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Ihave read all Jack Reacher books (thank you Lee) but it looks as though I will not be able to read your book as I do not have a Kindle ereader. I have a Sony ereader and have no intentions of changing it. I am sure there are many thousands of people out there who are probably in the same position, not owning a Kindle and not wishing too. Any chance your books will be available to other ereaders?


    • Diane Capri March 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

      Hi, David, Thanks for contacting us. I think we’ve also take care of your concern, but just in case we haven’t, please let me know. In general, you can convert my books from Kindle’s format to the ePub format you need for your Sony e-reader easily. Here is a link from another segment of my web site to help you with that:
      Please contact me again if you have any trouble at all, and thank you for reading!

  11. Elizabeth Taylor March 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    I have read all Jack Reacher books but The Affair and totally love them. I would like to read your books too, but I have a Kobo ereader and cannot use Amazon. Will your books be available for other ereaders? Thank you.

    • Diane Capri March 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

      Hi, Elizabeth, Thank you for being such a big Reacher fan. He’s great, right? As with the Sony e-reader question from Mike above, my books can also be easily converted to a format readable on your Kobo e-reader using these instructions: If you have any problem with this at all, please let me know. We do want to make sure that you have access to Don’t Know Jack!

  12. Cathy Clouston March 3, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    Found Don’t Know Jack because of the Reacher Report that Lee Child sends out. My thought was if Lee Child likes someone writing about Reacher, then I gotta read it. Did nothing else today. Wow. It was such great good fun. Love the way you flesh out you characters, love the banter, love the book. So now, here I am, headed to Amazon to see what else I need to download. Thanks for the ride, and I’ll have my thumb out for the next one!

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