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Another heartstopping page turner featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the new blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise. Jack Reacher, adrift in the hellish heat of a Texas summer. Looking for a lift through the vast empty landscape. A woman stops, and offers a ride. She is young, rich and beautiful. But her husband's in jail. When he comes out, he's going to kill her. Her family's hostile, she can't trust the cops, and the lawyers won't help. She is entangled in a web of lies and prejudice, hatred and murder. Jack Reacher never could resist a lady in distress.

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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 26mm | 240.4g
  • 01 Apr 2002
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
  • London
  • English
  • 0553813307
  • 9780553813302
  • 729

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Lee Child is one of the world's leading thriller writers. His novels consistently achieve the number one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages. Born in Coventry, he now lives in America. Visit www.jackreacher.co.uk.

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"'In the space of less than five years, Child has established himself as one of Britain's most successful commercial novelists...Complete with crackling fast dialogue, an edgy ambivalent plot, and the capacity to make his readers turn the page, this feels like Child's breakthrough book into the mega-sellers. He is that good.'" -- Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail "'Reacher is a hero in the old Wild West stle: a fearless and capable loner, who lives by his own set of morals and is proud never to have killed a man who didn't deserve it...The author is in complete control of his complicated plot and has produced another real pageturner'" -- Susanna Yager Sunday Telegraph "'Plenty of twists and plenty of excitement...another real page-turner'" Sunday Telegraph "'If you like thrillers of the bang-wallop variety, with a nice bit of plotting thrown in, this is the one for you'" Irish Times "'Big, bruising actioner...Child's great strength lies in spelling out exactly how explosive things are made to happen...Cathartic stuff, expertly delivered'" Literary Review

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Since Child began his series of gritty, involving thrillers such as Killing Floor, Die Trying and Tripwire, he has slowly built a reputation as one of the most reliable practitioners of the genre. The authenticity of the US setting in books is doubly impressive given that Child is English. That authenticity extends to the characters, perfectly realized against a menacing American landscape, and his hero Jack Reacher has inexorably become one of the most distinctive protagonists around. This time, Reacher is grimly enduring the intense heat of a Texas summer, and has decided to find what fate has to offer in other towns. He's not too concerned about who will pick him up when he hitches a ride. It turns out to be a seductive young woman, obviously wealthy, driving a Cadillac. The girl, Carmen, tells him she has a little daughter who is being pursued by sinister, unidentified men. And her abusive husband is in jail, and likely to kill her when he gets out. So it's a bad idea for Jack to travel to Carmen's lonely ranch in Echo County and get mixed up in her troubles, but (of course) that's just what he does. And before long he's up against deception, violence and some dangerous sexual situations, with crooked cops and shifty lawyers making his life even more complicated. This novel exerts its grip within pages, and Child's ex-military cop hero is as winning as ever - even if he continues to show bad judgment. Another winner from an accomplished author. (Kirkus UK)

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