Master your Minecraft
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    New Favorites | November 25, 2014

    Powell's Staff: IMG Our Favorite New Favorites of 2014



    Every week, we gather together a small pile of newly released titles that we agree should be on everyone's radar. We deem these titles our New... Continue »

    spacer

Persuader: A Reacher Novel

by

Persuader: A Reacher Novel Cover

ISBN13: 9780440245988
ISBN10: 0440245982
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

 

 

Author Q & A

Meet Jack Reacher. The fictional hero created by author Lee Child. Reacher is a man of equal part brains and brawn. Millions of readers worldwide who have already discovered Child's novels know that after just one chapter of one book, you're hooked. Young and old, male and female, from every step on the social ladder and every side of the political spectrum, Lee Child's page-turners attract everybody. So what's the inside scoop? We went directly to author Lee Child to find out.

It's been boasted that the Lee Child reader runs the gamut. Is it true?

Absolutely! Having met a ton of fans and read even more letters, I'm proud to say that my readers come from all walks of life. In fact, one day's mail brought notes from a 10-year-old boy and a 100-year-old woman. I've heard from former President Bill Clinton ("I love Jack Reacher") as well as Newt Gingrich ("The finest adventure fiction being written in America today"). I've autographed books for people who rushed out to buy them the day they went on sale, and from others who had copies pushed upon them by friends saying, "trust me, just read it."

So, what do you think makes them so popular?

Two words: Jack Reacher. Reacher is a drifter and a loner with a strong sense of justice. He shows up, he acts, he moves on. He's the type of hero that has a long literary history. Robin Hood, the Lone Ranger, Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings, Jack Reacher—they're all part of the same heroic family. Reacher just ratchets it up a notch. Maybe more than a notch.

Your new paperback, Persuader, is a great introduction to Reacher. And talk about ratcheting it up! This novel certainly does that.

Thanks! I didn't think of the book as a character introduction—after all, this is his seventh appearance––but it seems to be working that way. Reacher is an interesting guy. He’s a self-reliant ex-military cop. He has no possessions, no commitments, no family. He enjoys his solitude, but he worries about loneliness. He's brave, for sure—like many military people are—but more than that he's committed to doing what's right. That's an important part of his character. He's tough and ruthless and he breaks the rules, but his heart is in the right place. First-time readers will see that in the very first chapter of Persuader––here, he's hunting a man who wronged him ten years ago. Not a smart move on that guy's part.

What motivates you when writing these thrillers? Is there any single piece of the process to which you give "extra" attention?

As for motivation, deep down, I think we all enjoy the same things. First and foremost, I write what I want to read, and I've found that it's what others want to read too. For an "extra" push, I work really hard on the openings. They're very important. The first line, the first paragraph, the first page … they're make-or-break. My attitude is that it's the author who should do the work. The reader is there for the ride. If at the end, the reader doesn’t think "Man, that was some ride," I think I've failed.

Your strategy certainly works; you had us hooked! We defy anybody to reach the end of chapter one in Persuader and not stay up all night reading. How do you follow up a book like that?

Well, Reacher fans always have two questions: What made him the way he is? And what on earth was he like way back when he was still in the Army? So the next book––The Enemy (hardcover 5/11/04)––is set in the past, when Jack Reacher was a younger man, still an M.P. The Enemy answers those questions.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 3 comments:

Addy, June 25, 2012 (view all comments by Addy)
This book hooked me right from the beginning, which needless to say is not an easy task. Reacher sees a potential kidnapping taking place and in typical Jack Reacher fashion decides to intervene, which has some completely un-thought of consequences. It's a perfect example of an edge of the seat thriller!!

The best part was that this book keeps you so engaged that it's a surprise to know you've reached the last page. The "Bad Guys" present a formidable challenge to Reacher. He doesn't seem quite so invincible in this book, which only makes the story better. Must read...
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Addy, June 25, 2012 (view all comments by Addy)
This book hooked me right from the beginning, which needless to say is not an easy task. Reacher sees a potential kidnapping taking place and in typical Jack Reacher fashion decides to intervene, which has some completely un-thought of consequences. It's a perfect example of an edge of the seat thriller!!

The best part was that this book keeps you so engaged that it's a surprise to know you've reached the last page. The "Bad Guys" present a formidable challenge to Reacher. He doesn't seem quite so invincible in this book, which only makes the story better. Must read...
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(3 of 3 readers found this comment helpful)
Marcus, May 19, 2009 (view all comments by Marcus)
This has the best opening chapter of any thriller I've ever read -- the only one that gives it a run for its money is the first chapter of Elmore Leonard's "Freaky Deaky." The second chapter is just as good. After the third chapter, I went to the bookstore and bought all of Lee Child's other books. I promise, I've never bought all of an author's books at one time before, I've never met Lee Child or anyone who works for him, and no one is paying me to say this. This book is that good. It's violent, all right -- you won't like it if you can't stomach a lot of violence. (In fact, it's better if you like some well-placed violence.) But the plot is several cuts above the contrived plots of a lot of thrillers, the surprises make sense even while they shock your socks off, and the real heart of the book is Jack Reacher, who you won't soon forget. This is the real deal.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(6 of 6 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 3 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440245988
Author:
Child, Lee
Publisher:
Dell Publishing Company
Author:
Child, Lee, Editor/Steve
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Subject:
jack reacher;fiction;thriller;mystery;crime;reacher;suspense;maine;action;adventure;crime fiction;novel;military;jack reacher series;lee child;military police;detective;violence;adult;revenge;21st century;american;usa;action thriller;murder
Subject:
jack reacher;fiction;thriller;mystery;crime;reacher;suspense;maine;action;adventure;crime fiction;novel;military;jack reacher series;lee child;military police;detective;violence;adult;revenge;21st century;american;usa;action thriller;murder
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Tall paperback
Series:
Jack Reacher Novels
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
7.60x4.35x1.18 in. .61 lbs.

Related Subjects


Fiction and Poetry » Mystery » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Contemporary Thrillers
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Suspense

Persuader: A Reacher Novel Used Mass Market
0 stars - 0 reviews
$6.95 In Stock
Product details 496 pages Dell Publishing Company - English 9780440245988 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.