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The Hard Way (Jack Reacher) Mass Market Paperback – May 19, 2009
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“The truth about Reacher gets better and better. . . . This series [is] utterly addictive.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money because Edward Lane, the man who paid it, would do anything to get his family back.
Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation. He will use any tool to find his beautiful wife and child. And Jack Reacher is the best manhunter in the world.
On the trail of vicious kidnappers, Reacher learns the chilling secrets of his employer’s past . . . and of a horrific drama in the heart of a nasty little war. He knows that Edward Lane is hiding something. Something dirty. Something big. But Reacher also knows this: He’s already in way too deep to stop now. And if he has to do it the hard way, he will.
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"Reacher, a former Army military police major, is a character like no other. Intuitive, independent, indomitable - he walks softly and carries a very big stick."—The Biloxi Sun Herald
"Plenty of suspense writers play the tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold card, but Child is indelibly skillful, quickly sketching intriguing characters as he drops bombshell after bombshell. With its taciturn but engaging hero and almost unbearably prolonged tension, The Hard Way makes reading easy indeed."—The Miami Herald
"In The Hard Way, Reacher is better than ever."—Contra Costa Times
"Fans...will find themselves hanging onto their armchairs for dear life. The Hard Way is a breathless, well-paced thriller."—Denver Post
“Nine red-hot books ago, Lee Child concocted the rough, tough Superman of the crime-busting genre, as smart and charismatic as he is unbeatable. And then Mr. Child broke the mold. Early next week (why delay good news?), Reacher returns in this series' 10th installment, The Hard Way. It's one more labyrinthine story that takes off like a shot: as usual, Mr. Child has you at hello.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Plunges Reacher into one of his most challenging-and thoroughly engrossing-adventures to date."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Like all the best thrillers, this one is about more than pace--the narrative propels you forward with a locomotive’s thrust, but Child never loses sight of the small detail or the human fabric."—Booklist, starred review
"[Child] shows again his mastery of the thriller.... Jack Reacher may know the time to the minute without a watch and bring justice to bear wherever he goes, but this time he doest it the hard way, sweating the details and working the clues.... Tension builds through the plot twists to another riveting finish."—Library Journal, starred review
About the Author
Lee Child is the author of more than two dozen New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, with most having reached the #1 position, and the #1 bestselling complete Jack Reacher story collection, No Middle Name. 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 and Wyoming.
- Publisher : Dell; Reprint edition (May 19, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0440246008
- ISBN-13 : 978-0440246008
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not the most exciting novel in the series but entertaining enough for me. There's less action, gunplay and brawling than some of the other stories which may leave some readers disappointed. Happily, Lee Child's penchant for errors on US military topics and inaccuracies regarding various firearms is absent from "The Hard Way" which is a postive. It's true as some other reviewers observe that these stories are a bit formulaic but as it turns out it's a successful formula so why change it? I'll be starting "Nothing to Lose" shortly and looking forward to it.
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I was buying Jack Reacher book's regularly and have most of them.
Then the absolutely terrible decision was made to put the diminutive Tom Cruise in the films to play the huge,rugged,hero Jack Reacher.
It spoiled it for me.And everybody i know.When reading the book is now,instead of a big,muscular intimidating,attractive man in my mind's eye,there is the small pretty boy cruise.
WHY?Mr Child,did you allow this to happen?
A complete disaster and a real loss and disappointment for thousands of reader's.
A very detailed and horrific flashback sequence for one character in Africa bookended by a detailed view of New York and a great depiction of South Eastern England. You can tell the author has a great affiliation with both places. The story rattles along at a great pace, I have read this a number of times and still get excited by the twists and turns. The bad guys are suitably deserving of their fate and Reacher and co do a great job of discovering things and dishing out justice as required.
Certainly this is in my top 5 of the Reacher stories, and would have made a much better film than either if the two that were chosen by Messrs Cruise & co.
However, in the end I did finish it, despite Lee Child's annoying 3rd person comments near the end along the lines of "Reacher alone in the dark and invincible". There was a big twist at the end that I didn't see coming, which again helped it to get 3 stars. But would I recommend it - no I wouldn't. There are better Reacher novels than this.
The US has obviously been very kind to Childs, it has made him a rich man and his invulnerable hero, Reacher, a world best seller.
England is not so well beloved by Childs, through Reacher's eyes he only sees a dirty, over-crowded, inefficient country. Reacher appears to have a great deal more first hand knowledge of the place than might be reasonably expected. He bemoans the mollycoddling of the British 'Nanny State', apparently seeing it even in the over-busy road markings of London's streets. The hackneyed accusation of poor British dentistry is also trotted out. We begin to hear Child's voice much more than Reacher's and it is a familiar one of the ex-pat who believes himself only appreciated in his adopted land. It is not deeply thought out nor analysed in any detail and is at odds with Reacher's normal take on his surroundings.
I don't expect to like every author as a person but equally their personal views are not thrown in one's face with quite such alacrity. Maybe Great Britain was particularly uncaring and neglectful of Child's obvious abilities, if so he is getting his own back here.