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“Child is one writer who should never be taken for granted.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“[Lee Child] shows no signs of slowing down. . . . Reacher is a man for whom the phrase
moral compass was invented: His code determines his direction. . . . You need Jack Reacher.”The Atlantic
 
“Superb . . . Child neatly interweaves multiple narratives, ratchets up the suspense (the reveal of the motel plot is delicious), and delivers a powerful, satisfying denouement. Fans will enjoy learning more of this enduring character’s roots, and Child’s spare prose continues to set a very high bar.”
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“Another first-class entry in a series that continues to set the gold standard for aspiring thriller authors.”
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“With his usual flair for succinctness and eye for detail, Child creates another rollicking Reacher road trip that will please fans and newcomers alike.”
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“Cerebral . . . One doesn’t want Mr. Child’s storytelling to end. . . . Get your copy soon before
Past Tense sells out. Then enjoy the ride.”New York Journal of Books
 
“The way everything winds up for all the participants shows a satisfying generosity of storytelling spirit.”
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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 is today’s James Bond, a thriller hero we can’t get enough of. I read every one as soon as it appears.”
—Ken Follett

“Reacher is the stuff of myth. . . . One of this century’s most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes.”
—The Washington Post

“I’m a fan.”
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“The Reacher novels are easily the best thriller series going.”
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moral compass was invented: His code determines his direction. . . . You need Jack Reacher.”The Atlantic
 
“I pick up Jack Reacher when I’m in the mood for someone big to solve my problems.”
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“[A] feverishly thrilling series . . . You can always count on furious action.”
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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.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Delacorte Press; First Edition (November 5, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0399593519
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0399593512
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.3 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.17 x 1.25 x 9.29 inches
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Lee Child is one of the world’s leading thriller writers. He was born in Coventry, raised in Birmingham, and now lives in New York. It is said one of his novels featuring his hero Jack Reacher is sold somewhere in the world every nine seconds. His books consistently achieve the number-one slot on bestseller lists around the world and have sold over one hundred million copies. Two blockbusting Jack Reacher movies have been made so far. He is the recipient of many awards, most recently Author of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards. He was appointed CBE in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours.

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