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The new Jack Reacher audiobookfrom bestselling author Lee Child

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Lee Child is British but moved with his family from Cumbria to the United States to start a new career as an American thriller writer. His first novel, Killing Floor, won the Anthony Award, and his second, Die Trying, won W H Smith's Thumping Good Read Award. The Enemy was published as an audiobook in April 2004.


When a sniper coolly picks off five victims in Indiana, forensic evidence points incontrovertibly to ex-army man James Barr, who denies his guilt and calls for Jack Reacher-an odd choice given that the former MP investigated a similar crime committed by Barr in Kuwait 14 years earlier. Then just hours after being jailed, Barr inadvertently disses a fellow inmate, is beaten into a coma, and suffers amnesia, complicating the case. The more Reacher investigates, the more removed he finds Barr to be from the crime. Both the evidence and the police chief are too perfect, and a puppet master who will sacrifice innocents to remove Reacher from the scene seems to be pulling the strings, with help from an inside man. Child has written 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. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/05; see Q&A with Child on p. 70.-Ed.]-Michele Leber, Arlington, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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 ?migr?s, 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) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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