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The Nicotine Chronicles

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Lee Child recruits Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Ames, Cara Black, and others to reveal nicotine’s scintillating alter egos.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before September 15, 2020.

Forthcoming: 9/15/20

$15.95 $11.96

What people are saying…

Critical praise for Lee Child:

“Child is one writer who should never be taken for granted.”
New York Times

“Child’s writing is both propulsive and remarkably error-free, and he’s expert at ratcheting up the tension.”
Los Angeles Times

“A superb craftsman of suspense.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Child is a deliberate stylist and his prose is taut, dynamic, and highly-sprung.”
Spectator, “Five Reasons Why the Jack Reacher Novels are Brilliant”

“Wily plotting, swift pacing, mordant wit: Child is one skillful writer.”
Kirkus Reviews


Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before September 15, 2020.

In recent years, nicotine has become as verboten as many hard drugs. The literary styles in this volume are as varied as the moral quandaries herein, and the authors have successfully unleashed their incandescent imaginations on the subject matter, fashioning an immensely addictive collection.

Featuring brand-new stories by: Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Ames, Eric Bogosian, Achy Obejas, Michael Imperioli, Hannah Tinti, Ariel Gore, Bernice L. McFadden, Cara Black, Christopher Sorrentino, David L. Ulin, Jerry Stahl, Lauren Sanders, Peter Kimani, and Robert Arellano.

Inspired by the ongoing international success of the city-based Akashic Noir Series (Brooklyn Noir, Boston Noir, Paris Noir, etc.), Akashic created the Drug Chronicles Series in 2011. Following The Speed Chronicles (William T. Vollmann, Megan Abbott), The Cocaine Chronicles (Lee Child, Laura Lippman), The Heroin Chronicles (Jerry Stahl, Eric Bogosian, Lydia Lunch), and The Marijuana Chronicles (Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates) comes The Nicotine Chronicles, masterfully curated by blockbuster hit maker Lee Child.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Published: 9/15/20
  • IBSN: 9781617758591
  • e-IBSN: 9781617758676
  • Hardcover
  • IBSN: 9781617758584


LEE CHILD was fired and out of work when he hatched a harebrained scheme to write a best-selling novel, thus saving his family from ruin. Killing Floor went on to launch the New York Times #1 best-selling Jack Reacher series with over 100 million books sold in forty-nine languages. Forbes calls it “the strongest brand in publishing.” The series has spawned two feature films and an upcoming Amazon Prime Video series. The Nicotine Chronicles is his latest work.

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