New York City. Two in the morning. A subway car heading uptown. Jack Reacher, plus five other passengers. Four are okay. The fifth isnt.
In the next few tense seconds Reacher will make a choiceand 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 Marks 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 telland to a host of others who have just one thing in common: Theyre 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, its 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.
Published in hardcover, May 2009; in paperback, March 2010
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"Starred Review. Child 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." - Library Journal
"No one kicks butt as entertainingly as Reacher." - Kirkus Reviews
"Starred Review. If youre a reader whose pulse pounds when a top-notch thriller writer hits his stride, and if youre not afraid to watch the bullet hit its target, then its a safe bet that youre already a Lee Child fan." - Booklist
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Lee Child was born in the exact geographic center of England, in the heart of
the industrial badlands. Never saw a tree until he was twelve. It was the sort
of place where if you fell in the river, you had to go to the hospital for a
mandatory stomach pump. The sort of place where minor disputes were settled with
box cutters and bicycle chains. He's got the scars to prove it.
But he survived, got an education, and went to law school, but only because he didn't want to be a lawyer. Without the pressure of aiming for a job in the field, he figured it would be a relaxing subject to study. He spent most of the time in the university theater - to the extent that he had to repeat several courses, because he failed the exams - and then went to work for Granada Television in ...
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