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Published
New York : Delacorte Press 2005.
Language
English
Item Description
"A Jack Reacher novel."
Published in paperback (with different pagination) by Dell in 2009.
Physical Description
376 p.
ISBN
9780440246077
9780345538192
9780440241027
Main Author
Lee Child (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Jack Reacher has been doing his best to live off the grid, but his past as a military policeman keeps coming back to bite him. This time the biter is a former Gulf War sniper accused of killing six civilians in an unnamed Heartland city. Despite mountains of evidence, the accused claims he's innocent and says enigmatically, "Get Reacher." But why? Reacher, it turns out, has every reason to want the man convicted. Soon enough, though, Jack finds himself working for the defendant's attorney, who happens to be the DA's daughter. As he did in last year's The Enemy, Child combines detail-building procedural style with an all-systems-go thriller narrative, but this time the mix doesn't quite emulsify. In The Enemy, the procedural elements held our interest, but this time we feel like Child is keeping the reins on his story, like a jockey rating a horse that's begging to run. Child finally uses the whip--and the finale is a doozy--but it's a bit too little too late. Still, even a slightly off-stride Reacher can run away from most of the competition in the thriller sweepstakes. ((Reviewed May 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Accused of five murders in what looks like an open-and-shut case, the bad guy fires his last shot: he wants to speak to Jack Reacher. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

When a sniper coolly picks off five victims in Indiana, forensic evidence points incontrovertibly to ex-army man James Barr, who denies his guilt and calls for Jack Reacher-an odd choice given that the former MP investigated a similar crime committed by Barr in Kuwait 14 years earlier. Then just hours after being jailed, Barr inadvertently disses a fellow inmate, is beaten into a coma, and suffers amnesia, complicating the case. The more Reacher investigates, the more removed he finds Barr to be from the crime. Both the evidence and the police chief are too perfect, and a puppet master who will sacrifice innocents to remove Reacher from the scene seems to be pulling the strings, with help from an inside man. Child has written another taut thriller with plot twists and tension to the very end; fans will be torn between reading slowly to prolong their pleasure or skimming quickly to see how Reacher makes it out alive. Superlative suspense fiction by a master. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/05; see Q&A with Child on p. 70.-Ed.]-Michele Leber, Arlington, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The final sentence of Child's ninth suspenser (after The Enemy)-"Then he could buy a pair of shoes and be just about anywhere before the sun went down"-is quintessential Jack Reacher, the rugged ex-army cop who practically defines the word "loner" and kicks ass with the best of 'em. In the book's gripping opening, five people are killed when a shooter opens fire in a small unnamed Indiana city. But when ex-infantry specialist James Barr is apprehended, he refuses to talk, saying only, "Get Jack Reacher for me." But Reacher's already en route; having seen a news story on the shooting, he heads to the scene with disturbing news of his own: "[Barr's] done this before. And once was enough." Nothing is what it seems in the riveting puzzle, as vivid set pieces and rapid-fire dialogue culminate in a slam-bang showdown in the villains' lair. (And what villains: a quintet of Russian ‚migr‚s, the stuff of everybody's worst nightmares, led by a wily 80-year-old who makes Freddy Krueger look like Little Lord Fauntleroy.) As usual, Child makes the most of Reacher's dry wit, cut-to-the-chase psychology and stubborn taciturnity-in short, this is a vintage double play for author and leading man. Agent, Darley Anderson. (June 21) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is called in by James Barr, a man accused of a lethal sniper attack that leaves five people dead, and teams up with a young defense attorney to find an unseen enemy who is manipulating events.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • THE BLOCKBUSTER JACK REACHER SERIES THAT INSPIRED THE STREAMING SERIES REACHER “Pure, escapist gold . . . Mr. Child’s tough talk and thoughtful plotting make an ingenious combination.”—The New York TimesSix shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, ex—military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. He knows this shooter–a trained military sniper who never should have missed a shot. Reacher is certain something is not right–and soon the slam-dunk case explodes. Now Reacher is teamed with a beautiful young defense lawyer, moving closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. Reacher knows that no two opponents are created equal. This one has come to the heartland from his own kind of hell. And Reacher knows that the only way to take him down is to match his ruthlessness and cunning–and then beat him shot for shot.