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By Lee Child

Publisher : Delacorte Press (May 19, 2009)


ABOUT Lee Child

Lee Child
LEE CHILD is British but moved with his family from Cumbria to the United States to start a new career as an American thriller writer. His first novel, Killing Floor, won the Anthony Award, and his second, Die Trying, won W H Smith's Thumping Good Read Award.

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New York City. Two in the morning. A subway car heading uptown. Jack Reacher, plus five other passengers. Four are okay. The fifth isn’t.

In the next few tense seconds Reacher will make a choice–and trigger an electrifying chain of events in this gritty, gripping masterwork of suspense by #1 New York Times bestseller Lee Child.

Susan Mark was the fifth passenger. She had a lonely heart, an estranged son, and a big secret. Reacher, working with a woman cop and a host of shadowy feds, wants to know just how big a hole Susan Mark was in, how many lives had already been twisted before hers, and what danger is looming around him now.

Because a race has begun through the streets of Manhattan in a maze crowded with violent, skilled soldiers on all sides of a shadow war. Susan Mark’s plain little life was critical to dozens of others in Washington, California, Afghanistan . . . from a former Delta Force operator now running for the U.S. Senate, to a beautiful young woman with a fantastic story to tell–and to a host of others who have just one thing in common: They’re all lying to Reacher. A little. A lot. Or maybe just enough to get him killed.

In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America . . . and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it’s a mystery with only one answer – the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

"No one kicks butt as entertainingly as Reacher."
   —Kirkus Reviews

"Mr. Child is so good at what he does."
   —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Reacher is not easy to stop, even when the odds are 19 to 1, as they appear to be in the all-stops-out, bloodsplattered finale—a brilliant set piece that hits home with the impact of a Reacher head butt... Child grounds his hero’s hard body and hard-drive brain in believable detail, and he sets the action against a precisely described landscape (this is a superb New York novel, offering, among other things, a virtual user’s guide to the subway). If you’re a reader whose pulse pounds when a top-notch thriller writer hits his stride, and if you’re not afraid to watch the bullet hit its target, then it’s a safe bet that you’re already a Lee Child fan."
   —Booklist, starred review

"All good thriller writers know how to build suspense and keep the pages turning, but only better ones deliver tight plots as well, and only the best allow the reader to match wits with both the hero and the author. Bestseller Child does all of that in spades... [He] sets things up subtly and ingeniously, then lets Reacher use both strength and guile to find his way to the exciting climax."
   —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[T]he ever-resourceful and vengeful Reacher takes on nearly a score of the bad guys in an exciting climax to an enthralling book that is as satisfying as its predecessors. Highly recommended."
   —Library Journal, starred review

"[A] wild, gut-wrenching bloodfest through the glamorous and gritty streets of New York City. The suspense comes as fast as an uptown express train. The climax leaves you breathless and begging for more."
   —George Hackett, Contributing Editor, Newsweek

"This is pure, escapist, fun, kick-butt fiction... Jack Reacher is so competent, so capable, so willing to open a can when a can needs to be opened, that it's a totally cathartic read! ... Who needs pasty vampire boys when you can read about that? Anyway, I've been spending too much time reading it lately!"
   —Matron Down Under blog