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Lee Child is the author of twenty-one New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, twelve of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures--including Jack Reacher (based on One Shot) and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in one hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.

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The promo copy on the ARC of Child's new thriller proclaims, "We dare to make this claim: Lee Child is the best thriller writer you're probably not reading-yet." Hopefully the "six-figure" marketing campaign promised by Child's new publisher will make that statement obsolete, because readers will be hard-pressed to find a more engaging thriller this spring season. Child is a master of storytelling skills, not least the plot twist, and the opening chapter of this novel spins a doozy, as a high-octane, extremely violent action sequence sees Child hero Jack Reacher rescue a young man, 20-year-old Richard Beck, from an attempted kidnapping before the rug is pulled out from under the reader with the chapter's last line. The rest of the novel centers on the Beck family's isolated, heavily guarded estate on the Maine coast where Reacher takes Richard. Richard's father is suspected by Feds of being a major drug dealer and the kidnapper of another Fed, and also seems to have ties to a fiend who killed Reacher's lady 10 years before, someone Reacher thought he'd killed in turn, in a vengeance slaying. Tension runs high, then extremely high, as Reacher, ingratiating himself with the dealer and hired on as a bodyguard, pokes around the estate, looking for the kidnapped Fed and evading and/or disposing of in-house bad guys as they begin to suspect he's not who he seems. But then little in Child's novels is as it at first seems, and numerous further plot twists spark the story line. What makes the novel really zing, though, is Reacher's narration-a unique mix of the brainy and the brutal, of strategic thinking and explosive action, moral rumination and ruthless force, marking him as one of the most memorable heroes in contemporary thrillerdom. Any thriller fan who has yet to read Lee Child should start now. (May 13) Forecast: The publisher is aiming at Father's Day sales, and with the help of a massive campaign, including print, radio and airline advertising, Child could be poised to reap the sort of sales he deserves. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Retired Army MP Jack Reacher embarks upon his seventh case when he's fingered by the FBI to infiltrate a crime syndicate and extricate a missing female undercover agent. In a breakneck first chapter that leaves the listener gasping, Jack whisks the crime boss's college-age son from an attempted kidnapping and grudgingly agrees to rush the terrified kid home to daddy. But insinuating Jack into the family compound was the goal all along-the FBI staged the kidnapping to put him undercover. Jack has 15 days to crack the case while he prowls for clues at an isolated coastal Maine estate, occasionally slipping off for an increasingly sizzling rendezvous with his sexy (female) FBI contact. An eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, Jack whittles away at an edgy entourage of murderers, molesters, and thieves like picking off steroid-plumped birds on a wire. This work is read by Dick Hill with a gritty masculinity that perfectly suits Jack. Every public library will want to add this to the other six Jack Reacher thrillers in their collections. Highly recommended.-Judith Robinson, Univ. at Buffalo, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"Gripping and suspenseful . . . Child ratchets up the suspense to new heights."--The Denver Post

"A page-turner . . . [Lee] Child's tale drives hard and fast."--Los Angeles Times Book Review "Wickedly addictive . . . so fast-paced it makes the eyeballs spin."--Orlando Sentinel "A story that will sweep you along as fast as some of the riptides Reacher survives."--St. Petersburg Times

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