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Jack Reacher (One Shot) Paperback – July 19, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
The final sentence of Child's ninth suspenser (after The Enemy)—"Then he could buy a pair of shoes and be just about anywhere before the sun went down"—is quintessential Jack Reacher, the rugged ex-army cop who practically defines the word "loner" and kicks ass with the best of 'em. In the book's gripping opening, five people are killed when a shooter opens fire in a small unnamed Indiana city. But when ex-infantry specialist James Barr is apprehended, he refuses to talk, saying only, "Get Jack Reacher for me." But Reacher's already en route; having seen a news story on the shooting, he heads to the scene with disturbing news of his own: "[Barr's] done this before. And once was enough." Nothing is what it seems in the riveting puzzle, as vivid set pieces and rapid-fire dialogue culminate in a slam-bang showdown in the villains' lair. (And what villains: a quintet of Russian émigrés, the stuff of everybody's worst nightmares, led by a wily 80-year-old who makes Freddy Krueger look like Little Lord Fauntleroy.) As usual, Child makes the most of Reacher's dry wit, cut-to-the-chase psychology and stubborn taciturnity—in short, this is a vintage double play for author and leading man.
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From The New Yorker
Child's new novel begins when a sniper methodically kills five office workers with six quick shots and then disappears. But in a Child thriller the expectations aroused by one page are sure to be dashed on the next; unravelling and re-tangling violent narratives is the writer's specialty. This is the ninth of his books to feature the drifter-investigator Jack Reacher—a hybrid of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee and Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer—and it certainly ranks in the first tier of the series. There is considerable mayhem, lovingly described ("A long time ago the bones in his spine had been methodically cracked with an engineer's ball-peen hammer"), and there's a good cast, including suspicious law-enforcement personnel and an elderly Russian who is missing most of his fingers. Before it's all, vividly, over, one feels confident that Reacher—smart, rootless, and brave—will not only get his man but make him suffer.
Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There were many differences between the book and the movie. I might have liked the movie better, but I don't think that comparison is fair to either. I liked the 'new' characters and the way Reacher used a totally different set of clues to solve the mystery of James Barr in the book.
There was one paragraph that I noticed that might not have meant a lot to many readers. It had nothing to do with the plot of the book. Just Reacher musing while riding in the back seat of a car traveling through a section on the outskirts of town. It is on page 392 of the 2012 Dell Mass Market Edition paperback. It is the first paragraph after the scene break beginning with "The co-worker lived in a plane...." I agree totally with Reacher's last sentence in the paragraph.
I would like to have given the book it's fifth star, but Child is still suffering a bit from living in the UK so very long.
Can't wait to read others in the series. Mike
There are a lot of differences between the movie and the novel. I mean, the basic story of the book is in the film. But the film is missing some sequences from the book. There are also sequences in the film that weren't in the novel. In the novel, you get characters that were left out of the movie (the supposed shooter's sister, the TV reporter, and the Brigadier General...). Plus the ending is different... it happens at the Zec's house... not at the Quarry. And Reacher gets to talk to the supposed shooter in the novel...not in the film. And the Zec's fate is different in the novel... interesting, right?
The film is great... I really liked it. And it got me to discover Reacher. Admittedly, there's no way a 400 page book can be completely represented in an hour and a half movie. The filmmakers did a great job of capturing the allure of Reacher. But let's not forget: the books are always better!
In the book, I really liked the dialogue between Reacher and the gun range owner. I laughed out loud at their discussions.
So if you've seen the film, it's still definitely worthwhile to read the novel. I highly recommend it.