LEE CHILD is the author of sixteen Jack Reacher thrillers, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Worth Dying For, 61 Hours, Gone Tomorrow, Nothing to Lose, and Bad Luck and Trouble. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and the Nero awards for Best Novel. Foreign rights in the Jack Reacher series have sold in more than fifty territories. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City.
Praise for #1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Reacher series "Child is a superb craftsman of suspense."--"Entertainment Weekly" "The truth about Reacher gets better and better."--Janet Maslin, " The New York Times" "Implausible, irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit."--"Kirkus Review"s "Like his hero Jack Reacher, Lee Child seems to make no wrong steps."--Associated Press "Lee Child [is] the current poster-boy of American crime fiction."--"Los Angeles Times" "Indisputably the best escape artist in this escapist genre."--Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times" "Jack Reacher is much more like the heir to the Op and Marlowe than Spenser ever was."--"Esquire"
What turned career army cop Jack Reacher into the wandering and deadly version of a knight in rusted armor? In this 16th novel in the highly successful Reacher franchise, Child goes back to small-town Mississippi in 1997. Women have been murdered near a secret Ranger base. The Rangers are suspected, and the official investigation is a mess. Reacher is sent to town disguised as a bum to keep one eye on what might be a flawed army investigation, the other on a series of similar killings in the town, and if he had a third eye, he would use it to cover his back. VERDICT Exciting and suspenseful, with deceit and cover-ups, violence, and sex, this is another great entry in Child's compelling series. Reacher's many fans can only hope there will be many more. Highly recommended for anyone who likes intelligent, well-written, tense thrillers. [Library marketing; see Prepub Alert, 4/4/11; to the dismay of series fans, the diminutive Tom Cruise is slated to play the six-foot-tall Reacher in a film adaptation of Child's One Shot.-Ed.]-Robert Conroy, Warren, MI (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
As usual, veteran narrator Dick Hill does a masterful job of evoking world-weary investigator Jack Reacher, this time in the prequel to Child's bestselling series. In this installment, the author finally spells out the circumstances surrounding Reacher's departure from his job as a military cop: the investigation into the murder of a young woman in a small Mississippi community. As the truth slowly unfolds, Hill delivers a nuanced performance of a character he's voiced for some 14 years. While the introduction of a potential love interest spices up the homicide inquiry, Hill's rendition of her dialogue may remind some listeners of Dustin Hoffman's portrayal of Dorothy Michaels in Tootsie-and that takes some getting used to. Nonetheless, Hill's gifts as an actor are evident throughout, and he shines during the book's final confrontation in which Reacher explains how he put all the pieces together. A Delacorte hardcover. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.