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A wanted man : a Reacher novel, Lee Child

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A wanted man : a Reacher novel
Title
A wanted man
Title remainder
a Reacher novel
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Lee Child
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Language
eng
Summary
Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. One man driving, eyes on the road. Another man next to him, telling stories that don't add up. A woman in the back, silent and worried. And next to her, a huge man with a broken nose, hitching a ride east to Virginia. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride. He has tied himself to a massive conspiracy that makes him a threat to both sides at once
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Award
British Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year, 2012.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ If a Lee Child novel begins with Jack Reacher standing by the side of a highway with his thumb out, you can be sure that the wrong guy is going to pick him up. You can also be sure that the novel will end with Reacher standing by the side of another highway, again with his thumb out. In between, all hell will break loose, with the mysterious Reacher, the man with no home, in the middle of it, subduing bad guys one bullet, or one head butt, at a time. In this seventeenth series installment, the wrong guys who pick Reacher up on a lonely Nebraska highway turn out to be two murderers and their female hostage—or at least that’s who we think they are, for a while. We think a lot of things for a while—about terrorists, Homeland Security bumblers, warring FBI factions, and undercover agents—but almost all our assumptions turn out to be false. Mostly, though, we don’t have much time for thinking, since we’re strapped into various Ford Crown Victorias—the standard-issue automobile of local cops and the FBI alike—careening down midwestern interstates as Reacher, sometimes a captive, sometimes a pursuer, plots to save the endangered and smite those who do the endangering. There may not be as much actual violence in this novel as in other Reachers, but when it comes, it comes in thunder, and the tension leading up to it feels never-ending. Our mothers were surely right to warn us against hitchhiking, both because the wrong guys might pick us up and, especially, because we’re not Jack Reacher, much as we’d like to be. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Jack Reacher prefers to come and go across the country anonymously, but that’s not at all true of the novels in which he appears. The publication of every new Reacher is heralded through every possible form of mass communication. Boy, would Reacher hate that. -- Ott, Bill (Reviewed 08-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 22, p32)
  • Bestseller Child’s surprise-filled 17th Jack Reacher novel (after 2011’s The Affair) takes the ex-military policeman on a wild road ride that builds to a terrific slam-bang climax. While hitchhiking one winter night in Nebraska with a broken nose that makes him look more than usually disreputable, Reacher is picked up by two men and a woman wearing identical cheap blue shirts. The fun begins when clues suggest that the men in the car are responsible for the brutal murder of another man at an abandoned pump station. The role of the woman in the car remains unclear. Sheriff Victor Goodman is quick to call the FBI, which arrives in the person of Julia Sorenson, only the first of many agencies and agents heard from. While the erratic trip through America’s heartland doesn’t always follow a logical path, Reacher displays his acuity, patience, endurance, and military skills in the exhilarating fashion series fans have come to expect. Agent: Darley Anderson, Darley Anderson Literary. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 30, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 31, p)
  • In Child's 17th Jack Reacher thriller, which picks up the action from Worth Dying For (after a detour in the prequel The Affair ) our loner hero is hitchhiking east to Virginia. Unsurprisingly for series readers, Jack's ride turns out to be not just a ride, but a car the state police, the FBI and the CIA are seeking, with occupants who are involved in a cold-blooded killing. To survive, Jack must use his wits more than ever. His statistical knowledge, analytical thinking, and insight into human behavior help him dig deep into a multilayered puzzle well before the need for an all-out physical confrontation builds to a heart-racing climax. VERDICT Fans will devour this volume quickly and long for the next Reacher novel. Readers who enjoy character-driven thrillers such as Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne books will be intrigued by this series. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/12; Jack Reacher , the film adaptation of Child's first novel, One Shot , starring Tom Cruise, will be released Dec. 21, 2012—Ed.]— Susan Carr, Edwardsville P.L., IL --Susan Carr (Reviewed September 1, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 137, issue 14, p88)
  • Will Jack Reacher ever make it to that woman in Virginia he was trying to reach in Worth Dying For (2010)? Not if all hell continues to break loose in Nebraska. Shortly after an eyewitness sees three men enter a small concrete bunker outside an anonymous town and only two of them emerge, Reacher, "just a guy, hitching rides," is picked up by a trio of corporate-sales types: Alan King, Don McQueen and Karen Delfuenso. In a tour de force that runs well over a hundred pages, Child cuts back and forth between the clues county sheriff Victor Goodman and FBI agent Julia Sorenson gather concerning the unidentified man in the green coat who was stabbed to death inside that bunker and the inferences Reacher is making about his traveling companions. For one thing, it's clear that King and McQueen know each other better than either of them knows Delfuenso; for another, a good deal of what they casually tell him about themselves isn't true. Just when you've settled down expecting Child to keep up this rhythm indefinitely, he switches gears in an Iowa motel, and Reacher's left out of danger but on his own--at least until Sorenson arrives to arrest him and the two of them form a quicksilver partnership whose terms seem to change every time Sorenson gets another phone call from the cops or the Feds. After working every change imaginable on their relationship, Child switches gears again and sends them a bang-bang assault on a hush-hush installation that shows how far into America's heartland its enemies have penetrated. In this latest attempt to show Reacher enjoying every possible variety of conflict with his nation's government short of outright secession, Child (The Affair, 2011, etc.) has produced two-thirds of a masterpiece.(Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2012)
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10132571
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Child, Lee
Dewey number
813/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3553.H4838
LC item number
W36 2012
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Reacher series
Series volume
17
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  • Reacher, Jack
  • Reacher, Jack
  • Ex-police officers
  • Private investigators
  • Murder
  • Conspiracies
  • City and town life
  • Secrets
  • Conspiracies
  • Ex-police officers
  • Murder
  • Private investigators
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a Reacher novel
Label
A wanted man : a Reacher novel, Lee Child
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http://www.leechild.com
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ocn772137972
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
405 pages
Isbn
9780440246312
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2012018420
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A wanted man : a Reacher novel, Lee Child
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http://www.leechild.com
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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rdacontent
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24 cm.
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1st ed.
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405 pages
Isbn
9780440246312
Lccn
2012018420
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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