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Worth Dying For: A Reacher Novel (Jack Reacher Novels)
by Lee Child
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PublisherDelacorte Press
Release Date2010-10-19 (added to CC 15 Jan 2012)
Amazon Sales Rank1,463
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lee Child's The Affair.

“Jack Reacher is the coolest continuing series character now on offer.”—Stephen King, in Entertainment Weekly
 

There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska . . . and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved, decades-old case of a missing child that Reacher can’t let go.

The Duncans want Reacher gone—and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. For as dangerous as the Duncans are, they’re just the bottom of a criminal food chain stretching halfway around the world. For Reacher, it would have made much more sense to put some distance between himself and the hard-core trouble that’s bearing down on him. For Reacher, that was also impossible.

Member Reviews
(28 Nov 2013)
Powerful writing, excellent plot, nice gradual reveal of the crime that was committed 25 years ago and its residual impact on the present. Some scenes are among the most intense but realistic scenes I've ever read. The only flaw I noticed is Child seemed a little self-indulgent with certain scenes, using far more words than he needed to convey the essence of that scene, but his writing is so excellent and so entertaining I didn't mind that for example, he used many hundreds of words to describe a fight that only took a few seconds.

Jack Reacher is an impressive protagonist. The kind of guy you don't want to cross, but if he's on your side, you couldn't ask for a better ally.

Highly recommended.
(16 Jan 2012)
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