Synopses & Reviews
Six 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, from the world he lives in-no phone, no address, no commitments-ex--military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing new thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything-about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot-and by doing so give Jack Reacher one shot at the truth....
The gunman worked from a parking structure just thirty yards away-point-blank range for a trained military sniper like James Barr. His victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time. But why does Barr want Reacher at his side? There are good reasons why Reacher is the last person Barr would want to see. But when Reacher hears Barr's own words, he understands. And a slam-dunk case explodes. Soon Reacher is teamed with a young defense lawyer who is working against her D.A. father and dueling with a prosecution team that has an explosive secret of its own. Like most things Reacher has known in life, this case is a complex battlefield. But, as always, in battle, Reacher is at his best.
Moving in the shadows, picking his spots, Reacher gets closer and closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. And for Reacher, the only way to take him down is to know his ruthlessness and respect his cunning-and then match him shot for shot....
"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. 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." Publishers Weekly
"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." Library Journal
"Reacher's back...gonzo action...canny plotting, tight prose, swift tempo." Kirkus Reviews
"[R]eading entertainment at its very best. Lee Child can set the hook into the reader faster and deeper than any other writer... I defy you to read the first chapter or two of this book and then set it down. Just not gonna happen." Deadly Pleasures
"In marked contrast to the brooding figures who otherwise dominate contemporary detective stories, Reacher is not one for self-doubt. His is a two-fisted decency. But Mr. Child also gives him amazing powers of deduction, a serious conscience and the occasional touch of tenderness. It's a wildly improbable mixture, one that can't be beat." Janet Maslin, the New York Times
"[W]ithout question Lee Childs' best outing with protagonist Jack Reacher in several years. From the opening sniper sequence to the final surprising disclosures about the bad guys, this one crackles with excitement." St. Petersburg Times
New York Times bestseller Lee Child sends Jack Reacher on his most relentless quest for justice yet. Six 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. In Lee Child's astonishing new thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything...about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.
This astonishing "New York Times" bestseller takes Jack Reacher on his most relentless quest for justice yet. The case isn't what it seems; lives are tangled in baffling ways; and the killer missed one shot--giving Reacher one shot at the truth.
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, and One Shot, which has been optioned for a major motion picture by Paramount Pictures. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the 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.