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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (May 19 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440246008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440246008
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. In bestseller Child's 10th novel to feature ex-army MP Jack Reacher (after 2005's One Shot), a sidewalk cafe encounter in New York City plunges Reacher into one of his most challenging—and thoroughly engrossing—adventures to date. Acting out of "reflex and professional curiosity" (and the promise of a generous fee), Reacher agrees to help sinister ex-army officer Edward Lane, whose posse of six Special Forces veterans are even more ominous than he, track down his kidnapped daughter and trophy wife. Since the kidnapping of wife number one five years earlier ended in her death, Lane cautions Reacher that he will not brook police interference ("You break your word, I'll put your eyes out"). From Lane's quarters in the West Side's venerable Dakota apartment building to the shady sections of SoHo and Greenwich Village, the author's atmospheric descriptions make Manhattan a leading player, with menace lurking at every intersection. The inevitable showdown, on a farm outside a tiny English village, ranks as one of Child's most thrilling finales. (May)
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*Starred Review* Child's last two Jack Reacher novels (One Shot, 2005, and The Enemy, 2004) have emphasized procedural detail rather than the high-octane action that gave the series its identity. There's still plenty of procedure, but this time the gearshift is back in overdrive: "Reacher, alone in the dark. Armed and dangerous. Coming back." Former military cop Reacher does his level best not to come back: he lives off the grid (no address, no belongings), but his instincts keep driving him toward solving other people's problems, the kind that won't stay solved without violence. Here, he's having an espresso in Greenwich Village when a man walks across the street, gets in a car, and drives away. It happens every day, but it's not always a kidnapper picking up the ransom. Soon Reacher is involved in helping a ruthless mercenary find his wife and stepdaughter before the kidnappers tie up loose ends. There's a lot more to it than that, though, and it takes three-fourths of the novel before Reacher figures out who the bad guys are. Like all the best thrillers, this one is about more than pace: yes, the narrative propels you forward with a locomotive's thrust, but Child never loses sight of the small detail or the human fabric--not unlike Reacher in the dark, armed and dangerous, intent on the action in front of him but always aware of the sights and sounds to his sides and behind him. Bill Ott
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 26 2008
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Jack Reacher, book 10

Jack Reacher known as the best man-hunter in the world ends up helping Edward Lane, a well-paid mercenary, whose wife and stepdaughter have been kidnapped. Initially Reacher volunteers to help, as the case develops, things prove not to be what they seem. Alarm bells ring when he discovers Lane's previous wife was kidnapped and also during a mission two members of his crew were left behind in a foreign country...what is Lane hiding, what type of character is he?, can he be trusted? Reacher is determined to find the truth, come hell or high water....

This gripping novel captures your attention immediately with a well paced and easy plot; containing a fair share of suspense, action, surprises and romance. The prose is clear and concise all through, no place for ambiguity. The leading character is well drawn; Jack Reacher is a maverick, kind of 21st century cowboy, good hearted globe trotter having another absorbing adventure involving many equally interesting secondary characters.

I started at this point in the series and I feel the story stood on its own and not based on any previous characters and episodes as in some other series. This thriller gives you a definite adrenaline rush, captivating till the end.
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I've read all of his novels & anxiously awaiting his next one The whole Jack Reacher series is great, I'd recommend them all. The only problem is the movie. Jack Reacher is 6' 5" 230 lbs. Tom Cruise is 5' & maybe 150 lbs, Jack Reacher should be Dwayne Johnson instead,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By white on Sept. 21 2012
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I think that Lee Child,is an excellent writer especially the Jack Reacher Novels, I have just about either read or in the process of buying the ones I have not read.

I rate this book at 5 STARS, Real enjoyment as all his novels are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Russell A Blood on June 5 2014
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Well I've read ten of Lee Child's Reacher books and have enjoyed every one. I let myself be taken away into Reacher's impossible worlds and just enjoy the ride.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christi Hall on Feb. 17 2014
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Always love the good guy winning in some way. We do not always win the way we want to but it is good to do something about it.Loved the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By linda on Nov. 24 2012
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Lee Child brings you along in his novels quickly and never lets you go til its over. It is like having a good relationshiip in a book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on May 31 2013
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This is an epic Reacher novel. Great suspense, well written story line and the usual violence meted out to the villains. Super read.
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