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Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novelby Lee Child
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A Jack Reacher two-for-one! Purchase a signed copy of Bad Luck and Trouble and receive a free signed mass market copy of The Hard Way. Available while supplies last.
Bad Luck and Trouble
From a helicopter high above the empty California desert, a man is sent free-falling into the night...
In Chicago, a woman learns that an elite team of ex–army investigators is being hunted down one by one...
And on the streets of Portland, Jack Reacher — soldier, cop, hero — is pulled out of his wandering life by a code that few other people could understand. From the first shocking scenes in Lee Child's explosive new novel, Jack Reacher is plunged like a knife into the heart of a conspiracy that is killing old friends...and is on its way to something even worse.
A decade postmilitary, Reacher has an ATM card and the clothes on his back — no phone, no ties, and no address. But now a woman from his old unit has done the impossible. From Chicago, Frances Neagley finds Reacher, using a signal only the eight members of their elite team of army investigators would know. She tells him a terrifying story — about the brutal death of a man they both served with. Soon Reacher is reuniting with the survivors of his old team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. The deeper they dig, the more they don't know: about two other comrades who have suddenly gone missing — and a trail that leads into the neon of Vegas and the darkness of international terrorism.
For now, Reacher can only react. To every sound. Every suspicion. Every scent and every moment. Then Reacher will trust the people he once trusted with his life — and take this thing all the way to the end. Because in a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them...
The Hard Way
In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, ex-military cop Reacher sees more than most people would...and because of that, he's thrust into an explosive situation that's about to blow up in his face. For the only way to find the truth — and save two innocent lives — is to do it the way Jack Reacher does it best: the hard way...
Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money. And Edward Lane, the man who paid it, will pay even more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation. He will use any amount of money and any tool to find his beautiful wife and child. And then he'll turn Jack Reacher loose with a vengeance — because Reacher is the best manhunter in the world.
On the trail of a vicious kidnapper, Reacher is learning the chilling secrets of his employer's past...and of a horrific drama in the heart of a nasty little war. He's beginning to realize that Edward Lane is hiding something. Something dirty. Something big. But Reacher also knows this: he's already in way too deep to stop now.
Bad Luck and Trouble
"[A]s always, the action is intense, the pace unrelenting, and the violence unforgiving. Child remains the reigning master at combining breakneck yet brilliantly constructed plotting with characters who continually surprise us with their depth." Booklist (Starred Review)
"After ten previous Reacher novels, it would seem difficult to find new insight into such an enigmatic character, but Child supplies one of the best books in the series. This view into Reacher's past and the people he knew makes for an intriguing story line. Highly recommended." Library Journal (Starred Review)
"[S]corching....Perhaps there are action-lit writers more recognizable than Child, but the bet is that none of them will turn in a tighter-plotted, richer-peopled, faster-paced page-turner this year." Kirkus Reviews
"Child consistently forces Reacher to wrestle seriously with the mysteries and conspiracies that confront him." Oregonian
"[A] top-tier Reacher book that matches the caliber of One Shot, from 2005, makes the most of its characters' camaraderie." New York Times
The Hard Way
"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..." Booklist (Starred Review)
"[Child] shows again his mastery of the thriller....Tension builds through the plot twists to another riveting finish." Library Journal (Starred Review)
"[A] slick, swift, sexy thriller....Quintessential Child — preposterous as always, but oh, how those pages keep turning." Kirkus Reviews
"[A]n almost perfect balance between police procedural and tactical military thriller....And while there's no denying that the Reacher books are formulaic masculine fantasies, it seems pointless to fault a concoction composed of such electrifying elements. (Grade: B+)" Entertainment Weekly
"Reading Mr. Child is not only a mentally transporting experience but also, at times, a physical one. Don't be surprised to find your hand replicating the finger movements that tip off Reacher to a keypad matrix's four-digit combination." Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"The Hard Way, Lee Child's latest Reacher novel, is icing on the cake for his legions of fans....
"[A] breathless, well-paced thriller that will satisfy die-hard fans and newcomers. If Child keeps investing his series with this sort of energy, it's hard to imagine it running out of steam anytime soon." Denver Post
"Unlike most series that last this long, Child keeps pushing himself to accomplish new and better things, and it really shows in...The Hard Way. The last several books in the series have all been excellent, but the latest is his best yet." Philadelphia Inquirer
About the Author
Lee Child is the author of eleven Jack Reacher thrillers, including the New York Times bestsellers Persuader, the Barry Award Winner The Enemy, The Hard Way, and One Shot, which has been optioned for a major motion picture by Paramount Pictures. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and Barry Awards for Best First Mystery. Foreign rights in the Jack Reacher series have sold in more than 40 territories. Child, a native of England and former television writer, lives in New York City and France, where he is at work on his next thriller, which Delacorte will publish in 2008.
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