"Textured, swift and told in Reacher's inimitably tough voice, this title will convince those who still need convincing that Child has few peers in thrillerdom..."
You're in the Army now, son...
New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The Cold War is ending. Soon America won't have any enemies left. The Army won't have anybody to fight. Things are going to change. Jack Reacher is the Military Police duty officer on a base in North Carolina when he takes a call reporting a dead soldier in a hot-sheets motel. Reacher tells the local cops to handle itheart attacks happen all the time.
But why is Reacher in North Carolina, instead of Panama, where the action is? Then the dead man turns out to have been a two-star general who should have been in Europe. And when Reacher goes to the general's house to break the news, he finds another corpse: the general's wife. What is he dealing with here? The last echoes of the old world... or the first shocks of the new?
Winner of 2005 Nero, Barry and (yes, this is not a typo) Jack Reacher awards. The
Nero Award, for literary excellence in the mystery genre, is awarded by The Wolfe Pack.
The Barry Award for Best Novel of the Year is awarded by Deadly Pleasures magazine. The Jack Reacher Award win was the first annual award
presented by Crime Spree Magazine and it was for
the very readable, appealing-to-every-age, Jack Reacher novels!
Bantam UK hardcover April 2004 0593051823
Bantam UK paperback April 2005 0553815857 / 9780553815856
Delacorte hardcover May 2004 0385336675
Dell mass-market paperback April 2005 0440241014 / 9780440241010
Delacorte ebook May 2004 0440334985
Bantam US trade paperback Sept 2010 9780440423003
Brilliance Audio May 2004 Unabridged 1590864093 / Abridged 1590864115
The latest entry in what is arguably today's finest thriller series (Persuader, etc.) flashes back to series hero Jack Reacher's days in the military police. It's New Year's Eve 1990, the Soviet Union is about to collapse and the military is on tenterhooks, wondering how a changed globe will affect budgets and unit strengths, when the body of a two-star general is found in a motel near Fort Bird, N.C. Investigating is Reacher, 29, an MP major who's just been transferred from Panama-one of dozens of top MPs swapped into new posts on the same day, he later learns. Missing from the general's effects is a briefcase that, it's also revealed later, contained an agenda for a secret meeting of army honchos connected to an armored division. Then the general's wife is found bludgeoned to death at home and, soon after, a third body surfaces, of a slain gay Delta Force soldier whose murder contains clues pointing to Reacher as culprit. With Summer, a young black female lieutenant MP at his side (and, eventually, in his bed), Reacher digs deep, in his usual brilliant and violent way, butting against villainous superior officers, part of a grand conspiracy, as well as against members of Delta Force who think that Reacher killed their colleague.
Unlike recent Reacher tales, the novel is as much mystery as thriller, as Reacher and Summer sift for and put together clues, but the tension is nonstop. There's a strong personal element as well, involving Reacher's relationship with his brother and dying mother, which will make the novel of particular interest to longstanding fans of the series. Textured, swift and told in Reacher's inimitably tough voice, this title will hit lists and will convince those who still need convincing that Child has few peers in thrillerdom.
Publishers Weekly, starred review
Fabulously suspenseful prequel... Child has turned away from formulaic high-jinks to explore his characters instead: The result? His best so far.
Kirkus, starred review
Jack Reacher novels pack a 'Dirty Harry' wallop, with their steely, no-nonsense hero given to terse but effective forms of self-expression. Say what you will about the man's tactics, he has a knack for sizing up human nature and getting his job done. In a world full of changing boundaries and moral ambiguities, he emerges as a classic noir loner, and a very charismatic one, despite his willingness and ability to inflict damage on those who he thinks deserve it. It is worth underscoring that these books, while crackling with assertiveness, do not present Reacher as a loose cannon. They avoid the ugliness of an action hero with too free a hand. [This is] lean, dynamic storytelling.
Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Lee Child's bullet-train thrillers about Jack Reacher couldn't be much more hell-for-leather than they already are. They can be enjoyed simply as superior action stories, with their muscular prose and elegantly simple plots; but the complexity of their star makes them especially rewarding. Reacher, an ex-military cop turned drifting loner, is the thinking reader's action hero, a surprisingly tender combination of chess master and G.I. Joe, a guy who always thinks six or eight steps ahead before making his move.
Superlative suspense series... trademark smart story lines, crisp prose, and nonstop action with a slam-bang finish make this essential...
Library Journal, starred review
Known for his hold-your-breath action scenes, Child proves equally adept at portraying how a criminal investigation uses the smallest of building blocks... to construct a compelling circumstantial case. Combine that with finely textured relationshipsalways an extra dimension in this seriesand you have a novel that takes Child in a new direction... but does so flawlessly.
Booklist, starred review
Child knocked this one out of the ballpark. ...a rip-roaring read from the first page to the last.
St. Petersburg Times
Reacher is still one of the two or three most compelling figures in the new hard-guy, lone-wolf genre. The pages almost turn themselves.
New York Daily News
The eighth novel in the series will enthrall Reacher's many fans.... The Enemy sizzles with suspense and action. Child sets a breathless pace laced with laconic asides from the opening paragraph to the final line.
The Enemy sizzles with suspense and action. Child sets a breathless pace laced with laconic asides from the opening paragraph to the final line.
Lee Child, considered by some to be the best thriller writer in the business, has created an alter ego in Jack Reacher, who, like Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan or even Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, succeeds because we either want to be him, or to be with him when our back is against the wall.
Child builds suspense in a deceptively spare, wiry prose style that doesn't waste a word or miss a trick.