Jack Reacher is back this week in the new Lee Child thriller A WANTED MAN.
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.
Early reviews for A WANTED MAN are lauding another white-knuckle Jack Reacher novel.
With Child, you can always count on furious action — and a damned good time.
—The Miami Herald
[A] page-turning caper filled with well-timed surprises. Less surprising, but no less welcome for that, is Reacher’s grace under pressure—whether in math-induced meditation (“numbers called to him, twisting and turning and revealing their hidden facets”) or in chilling battle mode (“it had been a head shot, through and through . . . like a curveball finding the strike zone”).
There is also the saving grace of Reacher’s deadpan humor—as when he is
sawing with a motel key at a captive’s rope bindings. “Don’t you have a knife?”
the man asks. “I have a toothbrush,” Reacher responds. “That won’t help,” the captive says, to which Reacher retorts: “It’s good against plaque.”
—The Wall Street Journal
In December, Jack Reacher will be gracing movie screens for the first time. Many faithful Reacher fans are still unsure of the Tom Cruise casting. For now, you can be the judge with the Reacher preview.