"Pure, escapist gold...Reacher has amazing powers of deduction, a serious conscience and the occasional touch of tenderness. It's a wildly improbable mixture, one that can't be beat."
The New York Times
Jack Reacher is working on his tan with a Norwegian blonde on the beach in Miami. The weather is hot and he is so cool you could skate on him. But he doesn't like to stick around. He likes to be on the move. He was in the machine his whole life. Then the machine coughed and spat him out. Now he takes it easy. He's not looking for trouble. But sometimes trouble looks for Reacher.
A lone gunman hides in a parking garage and shoots into a crowd in a public plaza in a small Indiana city. Five random people die in a senseless massacre. The shooter leaves a perfect trail behind him and the police quickly track him down. His name is James Barr. It's a watertight case. After his arrest, James Barr refuses to talk. Then, to his lawyer, he utters a single phrase: "Get Jack Reacher for me." But Reacher's already on his way. What could connect this obvious psychopath with our wandering ex-army cop?
By the time Reacher hits town, Barr's been beaten badly enough to forget everything about the day in question. So Reacher begins to piece together the wealth of evidence; he does the math and comes to a few conclusions of his own.
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One Shot is pure adrenaline, from its well-constructed setup to its explosive, unforgettable finale.
Elegant, logically constructed mysteries...Mr. Child's idea of heroism has nihilism around the edges but a fierce, fighting spirit at its core. In marked contrast to the brooding figures who otherwise dominate contemporary detective stories, Reacher is not one for self-doubt. His is a two-fisted decency. But Mr. Child also gives him amazing powers of deduction, a serious conscience and the occasional touch of tenderness. It's a wildly improbable mixture, one that can't be beat.
The New York Times
Reacher's heroic origins can be traced to the peripatetic knights of King Arthur's Court up through such self-appointed arbiters of justice as "Bulldog" Drummond, the Saint and James Bond and his brothers in spydom. There's also more than a shade of the great Sherlock in the way he reads people and situations. [T]he character is convincingly all-American, as hard-boiled as Mike Hammer or Sam Spade. [C]ompelling, furiously paced escapist fiction that doesn't stint on deduction, you should definitely follow murder suspect James Barr's example and "Get Jack Reacher." Los Angeles Times
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.
[R]eading entertainment at its very best. Lee Child can set the hook
into the reader faster and deeper than any other writer... I defy you to
read the first chapter or two of this book and then set it down. Just
not gonna happen.
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.
As usual, Child makes the most of Reacher's dry wit, cut-to-the-chase psychology
and stubborn taciturnityin short, this is a vintage double play for author and leading man.
Reacher inhabits loner land in a way that makes Sam Spade look like the social
director at the community center. A combination of the gunslinging drifter of
paperback Westerns, the hard-boiled detective of Mickey Spillaneville and do-gooder
doctor Richard Kimble of "The Fugitive."
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