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...
"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 migrs, 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) Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"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
"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
"One Shot packs plenty of suspenseful surprises for Child's ever-growing legion of fans and devotees of Jack Reacher, the Don Quixote-cum-Lancelot of the modern-day thriller scene." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"[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
"While his hero is at best a two-dimensional sort and he recruits his villains from Central Casting, Child is a clever plotter with a novelist's sense of place and detail. He does keep your attention, the top priority for a quick-reading crime novel." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"[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
"One Shot may not be the new Maltese Falcon, but if you're looking for compelling, furiously paced escapist fiction that doesn't stint on deduction, you should definitely follow murder suspect James Barr's example and 'Get Jack Reacher.'" Los Angeles Times
"One Shot grabs you in the first few paragraphs and doesn't let go until the last sentence....This is Lee Child's eighth novel, and he soon should be rocketing to overnight success." BookReporter.com
"Child is a skillful writer, but at its worst this book reads like one of those really lame thrillers where bad guys who limp or have a scar on their face slink around wielding diabolical powers until the hero outfoxes them." The Washington Post
"Child caps his steadily building narrative with a gonzo action scene that seems a little heavy for Indiana. Par for the series: canny plotting, tight prose, swift tempo." Kirkus Reviews
"In The Enemy, the procedural elements held our interest, but this time we feel like Child is keeping the reins on his story....Still, even a slightly off-stride Reacher can run away from most of the competition in the thriller sweepstakes." Booklist
"Child has a gift for throwing you a curve just when you think you've seen it all." Rocky Mountain News
This astonishing new thriller 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 nine thrillers, including the New York Times bestsellers Persuader and The Enemy. 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 thirty-nine territories. Child, a native of England and former television writer, lives in New York City, where he is at work on his tenth Jack Reacher thriller, The Hard Way.