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Lee Child is the author of nineteen New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, ten of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures; the first, Jack Reacher, was based on One Shot. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in almost a hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.
Narrator Dick Hill has been perfecting Reacher's hard-boiled verbal swagger for years. In this installment, Reacher is stranded in a snow-bound South Dakota town where a biker gang has turned an abandoned facility into a meth lab. A member of the gang is in prison awaiting trial, and a hit man has been hired to remove the only witness to the crime, a 70-something librarian. According to a curious stipulation, every time the prison's trouble gong sounds every policeman in town must report there immediately-even if it means leaving the sweet old librarian to the mercy of the unknown assassin. Happily, none of these convolutions give Hill pause. It's his job to entertain, and that he does, almost chuckling as he describes Reacher's takedown of two giant bikers, relishing the hero's heralded powers of observation, or summoning up a large, accented ration of nastiness for the villain of the piece, a diminutive Mexican crime boss named Plato. When the book finally arrives at the end of its 61-hour countdown, thanks to Hill the time seems to have been well spent. A Delacorte hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 1). (May) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
"[The] craftiest and most highly evolved of Lee Child's electrifying Jack Reacher books... The truth about Reacher gets better and better." --The New York Times "Child is a superb craftsman of suspense, juggling several plots and keeping his herrings well-rouged....Best of all, this is a rare series book that reads like a stand-alone. Everything you need to know about Jack Reacher is contained within its pages. And chances are you'll want to seek out other Reacher adventures the moment you finish." --Entertainment Weekly (A-) "Jack Reacher is much more like the heir to the Op and Marlowe than Spenser ever was." --Esquire "As usual, Child's writing is superb. Not only is this thriller believable, but the descriptions of the blizzard will make readers want to hug their furnaces. Fast paced and exciting, this is highly recommended for thriller fans." --Library Journal (starred review) "Get prepared for teeth-chattering suspense....Child sets up one of his most ingenious plots in the Jack Reacher chronicles. A fiery finale will leave fans talking and speculating for weeks to come." --Madison County Herald "Child deepens the mystery considerably, providing an explosive climax that will have you tearing out your hair until Reacher's next appearance." --Miami Herald "Once again, Child spins a riveting, ticking-clock Jack Reacher adventure....It's guarantees you'll finish this one in less than 61 hours--and the jolter conclusion will shock and awe you." --Romantic Times Book Review "Implausible, irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Child keeps his foot hard on the throttle...As always, Child delivers enough juicy details about the landscape, the characters, and Reacher's idiosyncrasies to give the story texture and lower our pulse rates, if only momentarily...This is Child in top form, but isn't he always?" --Booklist (starred review)