Lee Child is the author of nineteen New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, ten of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures; the first, Jack Reacher, was based on One Shot. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in almost a hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.
While reader Hill has proven himself to be an all-purpose narrator with a 200-plus audiography, his specialty is interpreting suspense and crime fiction like this bullet-paced thriller. Written lean enough to make Hemingway seem chatty, the ninth novel to feature the resourceful ex-military cop Jack Reacher begins with a bare-bones description of an unemotional sniper prepping for and carrying out a mass slaying in the business area of an unnamed Indiana city. The killer's dispassion is chilling, and Hill, who has narrated the author's previous titles, matches the mood with an objectivity that raises the goose-bump level even higher. When Reacher, one of fiction's more reticent heroes, arrives on the scene, Hill provides him with a brusque, confident, properly manly voice, but adds a note of wariness that subtly suggests the adventurer's cynical nature. This tops a gallery of smart audio portraits, each with his own identifiable accent. Child has purposely designed the novel to move forward unfettered by stylish flourishes, and Hill follows that plan, concentrating mainly on increasing the pace as the story speedballs to its satisfying conclusion. Simultaneous release with the Delacorte hardcover (Reviews, May 23). (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Accused of five murders in what looks like an open-and-shut case, the bad guy fires his last shot: he wants to speak to Jack Reacher. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"Reacher's back ... gonzo action ... canny plotting, tight prose, swift tempo."--Kirkus Reviews
"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."--Publishers Weekly "Child has a gift
for throwing you a curve just when you think you've seen it
all."--Rocky Mountain News "Sparse prose and fast
pacing--[One Shot] is sure to be found in many hammocks this
"If you're looking for a new series, this [the Jack Reacher novels] is one of the best in the thriller genre."--Salt Lake Tribune
"Electrifying . . . This series is utterly addictive."--New York Times