#1 NEW YORK TIMES""BESTSELLER
A bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she''s going to live long enough to testify, she''ll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.
Reacher''s original plan was to keep on moving. But the next 61 hours will change everything. The secrets are deadlier and his enemies are stronger than he could have guessed--but so is the woman he''ll risk his life to save.
From the Publisher:
Jack Reacher is back.
The countdown has begun. Get ready for the most exciting 61 hours of your life. #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child’s latest thriller is a ticking time bomb of suspense that builds electric tension on every page.
Sixty-one hours. Not a minute to spare.
A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she’s going to live long enough to testify, she’ll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.
Reacher’s original plan was to keep on moving. But the next 61 hours will change everything. The secrets are deadlier and his enemies are stronger than he could have guessed—but so is the woman whose life he’ll risk his own to save.
In 61 Hours, Lee Child has written a showdown thriller with an explosive ending that readers will talk about for a long time to come.
From the Hardcover edition.
Always living on the fringe, Lee Child's long-enthralling hero, military police officer Jack Reacher (now starring in his 14th thriller), likes to travel on the cheap. So hopping onto a tour bus seems like a good way to get where he's going. But when the South Dakota winter weather proves more than the bus can handle, he ends up stranded in a small town. Good thing, too, because the local police waste no time in getting Reacher involved in protecting a key witness in a drug case that links this rural enclave to a meth production racket and to a menacing Mexican drug lord. Child keeps things moving on a tight schedule in this story, which he structures around a 61-hour countdown that is initiated with the book's opening scenario. Something very bad is on its way, but Child keeps readers guessing and second guessing to figure out exactly what is in store.
Lee Child is the man behind Jack Reacher, a six-foot-five-inch drifter and ex-military policeman who has been featured in more than a dozen best-selling thrillers. Child, who stands the same height as the hero of his series, was born in Coventry, England, and raised in the nearby working-class city of Birmingham. He began his career as a producer with Granada, the television company responsible for such shows as THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN and BRIDESHEAD REVISITED. In 1995, when he was 40, he was laid off due to a corporate restructuring. He used his unexpected free time to write the first Reacher novel, KILLING FLOOR, which was published in 1997. The book, which won an Anthony Award for best debut of the year, proved exceptionally popular, and Child now has millions of avid fans. Child once said of his protagonist, "I look at the character as an update of a very old figure, who comes out of 1,000 years of literary tradition: the loner, the mysterious stranger, the knight errant who shows up, solves a problem and then leaves. He came out of Scandinavian sagas and English tales of knights and survived into the American West and pop lit." Explaining why Reacher's adventures take place in the U.S., Child, who is married to an American woman, has said, "The idea of writing against a huge landscape, a vast continent where anything could happen, greatly appealed to me."
"[A]s always Child delivers enough juicy details about the landscape, the characters and Reacher's idiosyncrasies to give the story texture and to lower our pulse rates, if only momentarily. Even without the apparently game-changing finale, this is Child in top form, but isn't he always?" (starred review)
- Bill Ott
"In his 14th outing, implausible, irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit." (starred review)
"Jack Reacher...[is] indisputably the best escape artist in this escapist genre."
- Marilyn Stasio