Child's crisp prose, intriguing protagonist, and skilled storytelling should win fans. Suspense fiction doesn't get much better than this...

- Library Journal

  • Good thrillers exist in a class of their own. The point of such a book is total escape and Tripwire fills the bill. (Tripwire) includes a bang-up finale which makes the reader sit back and gasp with both wonder and understanding.

    —The Denver Post

    (Child's books) bring us not only bang-on suspense but an insightful look into how humans work.

    —Houston Chronicle
  • When you put a good villain together with a great hero like Jack Reacher..., the result is a thriller good to the last drop. (Child) does a great job of balancing good and evil, and certainly Hobie ranks up there with some of the most memorable villains.

    —The Orlando Sentinel

    Page for page, there's probably more fisticuffs in a Lee Child thriller than anywhere else.

    —Chicago Tribune
  • Lee Child can write. His first novel, Killing Floor, won the Anthony and the Barry Awards for Best First Mystery. It's no wonder. Child grabs hold with the first page and won't let go until the finish. This is pulse-pounding suspense, and Child hardly misses a beat.

    —The Arizona Daily Star

    (Reacher) is a character who deserves to be around for a long time.

    —Green Bay Press-Gazette
  • Tripwire maintains his quality and accelerates his thriller-style plotting. Child's complex tale explores a violent underworld and the determination of a tough, thoughtful main character. Throughout this cross-country cat-and-mouse tale, the author's spare style reveals telling details: layers of intrigue, poignant moments, hideous crimes and ingenious solutions.

  • Jack Reacher (is) a dynamo of a character... and the anchor to one of the best new series in thriller fiction. ... A showdown is inevitable, and when it happens, it's a beaut—almost as good as Child's skillfully laid surprise ending and the crisp and original dialogue throughout. Reacher is a complex, contemplative brute. He's spellbinding whether kicking in doors or just kicking around a thought in his brain.

    —Publisher's Weekly (starred)
  • A solid thriller that brings to mind the knight-errant adventures of John D. McDonald's Travis McGee. Edgy, exciting reading.


    Child's newest Jack Reacher thriller is his best yet. Child's crisp prose, intriguing protagonist, and skilled storytelling should win fans. Suspense fiction doesn't get much better than this.

    —Library Journal
  • Reacher swashbuckles with the best of them.

    —Kirkus Reviews

    Lee Child continues his meteoric rise and mastery of suspense with Tripwire. It's a tightly-drawn and swift thriller that gives new meaning to what a page-turner should be.

    —Michael Connelly
  • Lee Child continues to prove himself as a writer of rare talent and uncommon intensity. With Tripwire, he's created a stylistic thriller as complex and disturbing as its hero. Despite captivating shadows that darken his soul, Jack Reacher fights evil with the tenacity of John Wayne.

    —Stephen White

Publication Information (click to expand)

Putnam hardcover June 1999

Jove mass-market paperback July 2000 9780515143072

Berkley trade paperback July 2005 042520622X

Penguin e-book May 2007 9781440638930

Bantam hardcover April 1999

Bantam paperback April 2000 0553811851

Brilliance Audio Unabridged 1593555601 / CD 1590865251

Nova Audio Books January 2000 Abridged 1567409792