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The hard way : a Jack Reacher novel, Lee Child

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The hard way : a Jack Reacher novel
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The hard way
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a Jack Reacher novel
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Lee Child
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  • /*Starred Review*/ Child's last two Jack Reacher novels (One Shot, 2005, and The Enemy, 2004) have emphasized procedural detail rather than the high-octane action that gave the series its identity. There's still plenty of procedure, but this time the gearshift is back in overdrive: "Reacher, alone in the dark. Armed and dangerous. Coming back." Former military cop Reacher does his level best not to come back: he lives off the grid (no address, no belongings), but his instincts keep driving him toward solving other people's problems, the kind that won't stay solved without violence. Here, he's having an espresso in Greenwich Village when a man walks across the street, gets in a car, and drives away. It happens every day, but it's not always a kidnapper picking up the ransom. Soon Reacher is involved in helping a ruthless mercenary find his wife and stepdaughter before the kidnappers tie up loose ends. There's a lot more to it than that, though, and it takes three-fourths of the novel before Reacher figures out who the bad guys are. 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--not unlike Reacher in the dark, armed and dangerous, intent on the action in front of him but always aware of the sights and sounds to his sides and behind him. -- Bill Ott (Reviewed 02-15-2006) (Booklist, vol 102, number 12, p5)
  • /* Starred Review */ In bestseller Child's 10th novel to feature ex-army MP Jack Reacher (after 2005's One Shot ), a sidewalk cafe encounter in New York City plunges Reacher into one of his most challenging—and thoroughly engrossing—adventures to date. Acting out of "reflex and professional curiosity" (and the promise of a generous fee), Reacher agrees to help sinister ex-army officer Edward Lane, whose posse of six Special Forces veterans are even more ominous than he, track down his kidnapped daughter and trophy wife. Since the kidnapping of wife number one five years earlier ended in her death, Lane cautions Reacher that he will not brook police interference ("You break your word, I'll put your eyes out"). From Lane's quarters in the West Side's venerable Dakota apartment building to the shady sections of SoHo and Greenwich Village, the author's atmospheric descriptions make Manhattan a leading player, with menace lurking at every intersection. The inevitable showdown, on a farm outside a tiny English village, ranks as one of Child's most thrilling finales. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 27, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 13, p55)
  • /* Starred Review */ Jack Reacher may know the time to the minute without a watch and bring justice to bear wherever he goes, but this time he does it the hard way, sweating the details and working the clues. Because this time—despite his acute observation and intuition—he makes some wrong assumptions and a mistake that could turn tragic. Watching the passing scene over espresso in a New York café, Reacher sees something that involves him in the kidnapping of Kate Lane, second wife of Edward Lane, whose first wife, Anne, was also kidnapped and killed, despite FBI efforts. Lane, rich from hiring out ex-military mercenaries, contracts with Reacher, who works covertly with private investigator Lauren Pauling, a retired FBI agent who had led the Anne Lane case. In his tenth outing (after One Shot ), Reacher is humanized by both his mistakes—as he finds that both kidnappings are not what they seem—and his relationship with the fiftyish Pauling. Tension builds through plot twists to another riveting finish by Child, who shows again his mastery of the thriller. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/06.]—Michele Leber, Arlington, VA --Michele Leber (Reviewed March 1, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 4, p77)
  • In this slick, swift, sexy thriller, it's Jack Reacher, the thinking man's Rambo, against a band of hand-picked, combat-hardened, armed-to-the-teeth, ex–special services guys, but, hey, there are only eight of them.We're talking Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, Green Beret, British SAS and the like, all now free from their savage services but never from their training. Which is to render people dead without wasted motion or mercy. They're commanded by an ex–U.S. Army colonel who has formed these wacko killers into a group called Operational Security Consultants (read mercenaries), and who may be considerably off-kilter himself. Reacher comes into contact with them all by happenstance. Sitting in a favorite caf, sipping espresso, he notices something odd about a certain parked car—and is noticed noticing. What he's seen, it turns out, is a car full of ransom money. It belongs to ex-Colonel Edward Lane, whose wife and step-child—Kate and Jade—have been kidnapped. In Reacher's world, however, it's a truism that kidnappings are not always what they appear. Kate, Reacher soon learns, is not Lane's first wife. Nor is she his first wife to be kidnapped. Reacher learns this from a young woman with vengeance on her mind. For four years, Patti Joseph, the first Mrs. Lane's sister, has kept Lane under personal surveillance, convinced that he murdered her sister, intent on making him pay for it. From private eye Lauren Pauling—green-eyed and elegant—Reacher learns more about Lane, none of it redeeming. In and out of bed, Reacher and Pauling form an effective team, mounting a search-and-destroy operation that eventually takes them across the Atlantic to what amounts to an English O.K. Corral.Quintessential Child (One Shot, 2005, etc.)—preposterous as always, but oh, how those pages keep turning. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2006)
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Series statement
Jack Reacher novels
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0010
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  • Reacher, Jack (Fictitious character)
  • Ex-police officers
  • Mercenary troops
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Kidnapping
  • Suspense fiction
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a Jack Reacher novel
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The hard way : a Jack Reacher novel, Lee Child
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Publication
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24 cm.
Extent
371 p.
Isbn
9780385336697
Lccn
2005051946
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  • (Sirsi) SITE1-31319
  • (OCoLC)61285702
Label
The hard way : a Jack Reacher novel, Lee Child
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
371 p.
Isbn
9780385336697
Lccn
2005051946
System control number
  • (Sirsi) SITE1-31319
  • (OCoLC)61285702

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