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Lee Child is #1 New York Times bestsellling author of the Jack Reacher thrillers and the complete Jack Reacher story collection, No Middle Name. All his novels have been optioned for major motion pictures--including Jack Reacher (based on One Shot) and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. A native of England and a former television director, Child lives in New York City.

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Jack Reacher, the hulking ex-soldier readers will remember from Child's first two thrillers, Die Trying and Killing Floor, can kill with his bare hands, and sports chest muscles thick enough to stop bullets. He's actually a dynamo of a character, wily in an innocent sort of way, and the anchor to one of the best new series in thriller fiction. Here, Reacher is incognito, living the life of a drifter and digging swimming pools in Key West. When a PI from New York comes looking for him, and shortly afterwards turns up dead with his fingertips sliced off, Reacher flies north and discovers that the instigator of the search is Leon Garber, his former army commanding officer. But Garber has died the day before Reacher arrives. As Reacher finds out from Jodie Jacob, Garner's beautiful attorney daughter, Garber was helping an elderly couple to locate their son, who supposedly died in a helicopter crash during the Vietnam War. The military won't confirm the death, however, or even classify the soldier as missing in action. Pursuing the search together, Reacher and Jacob narrowly escape murder attempts by a pair of dark-suited thugs who work for an evil corporate loan shark named "Hook" Hobie, who has a hideously disfigured face and a metal hook for a right hand. Hobie is harboring a terrible secret linking him to the couple's vanished son, and he'll kill anyone who tries to discover his diabolical past. A showdown between the two men is inevitable, and when it happens, it's a beautÄalmost as good as Child's skillfully laid surprise ending and the crisp and original dialogue throughout. Reacher is a complex, contemplative brute whose aversion to social and material entanglements entail very peculiar habits and ideas. He never cleans his clothes, preferring to buy new ones (going to a dry cleaner implies a commitment to return); and he's spellbinding whether kicking in doors or just kicking around a thought in his brain. Literary Guild featured alternate; feature film rights for Killing Floor and the character of Jack Reacher optioned by Mark Johnson/Polygram; rights to Jack Reacher series sold to 18 countries. (July) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Child's newest Jack Reacher thriller is his best yet. It's as if the author, a former TV scriptwriter, actually took note of the scattered criticisms that appeared in the largely favorable reviews of his earlier books, Killing Floor and Die Trying. This time the plot does not rely on unlikely coincidence, the antagonist (a psychopathic, disfigured Vietnam vet with a secret) is a worthy opponent for the ex-military policeman- turned-drifter hero, and Reacher becomes multi-dimensional: he finds love and confronts his own fallibility. The story begins when the retired general who was Reacher's mentor seeks him out and draws him into a humanitarian task turned deadly. Meanwhile, Reacher is reunited with the general's daughter Jodie, his forbidden love 15 years earlier. In the end, forensic anthropology provides the key to the mystery, as the atmosphere of menace builds to a bloody climax. Child's crisp prose, intriguing protagonist, and skilled storytelling should win fans. Suspense fiction doesn't get much better than this.ÄMichele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Arlington, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

"Child grabs hold with the first page and won't let go until the finish. This is pulse-pounding suspense, and Child hardly misses a beat."--The Arizona Daily Star

"Good thrillers exist in a class of their own. The point of such a book is total escape and Tripwire fills the bill. A bang-up finale which makes the reader sit back and gasp with both wonder and understanding."--The Denver Post

"Not only bang-on suspense but an insightful look into how humans work."--Houston Chronicle "A stylish thriller as complex and disturbing as its hero."--Stephen White "A tightly-drawn and swift thriller that gives new meaning to what a page-turner should be."--Michael Connelly "Page for page, there's probably more fisticuffs in a Lee Child thriller than anywhere else."--Chicago Tribune "When you put a good villain together with a great hero like Jack Reacher...the result is a thriller good to the last drop. (Child) does a great job of balancing good and evil, and certainly Hobie ranks up there with some of the most memorable villains."--The Orlando Sentinel

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