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One Shot (Jack Reacher #9) A Jack Reacher Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Lee Child
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0440246075
ISBN-13: 9780440246077
Sku: 211285536
Publish Date: 10/27/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.25H x 4.25L x 1T
Pages:  466
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Originally published in hardcover: New York: Delacorte Press, 2005.
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The ninth thriller to star ex-military cop Jack Reacher literally opens with a bang--several of them, in fact. A sniper lurks in a parking garage during rush hour and calmly picks off five people exiting an office building. Overwhelming physical evidence names the perpetrator as Gulf War veteran James Barr. Barr, now in police custody, insists on his innocence and asks to speak to Jack Reacher. Reacher seems an odd choice for a defense witness; because he's still angry that Barr walked away scot-free from a similar incident in which he gunned down four people in Kuwait. Surprisingly, Reacher becomes convinced of Barr's innocence; unfortunately, a jail beating has left the suspect with amnesia, making him unable to speak in his own defense.
Author Bio
Lee Child
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."

Praise

New York Times
"Mr. Child's tough talk and thoughtful plotting making an ingenious combination, turning novels like his new ONE SHOT into pure, escapist gold. Not for nothing do reviewers tell readers to disconnect the phone when the latest Reacher knockout comes along." - Janet Maslin 06/09/2005

Kirkus Reviews
"Reacher's back and Child's got him tracking a complex case, springing surprises and dispatching a nasty crew in a punishing finish....Par for the series: canny plotting, tight prose, swift tempo." 04/01/2005

Publishers Weekly
"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 villain's lair....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." 05/23/2005

Deadly Pleasures
"Child's books are as good as it is possible for them to be. Or maybe they're better than that, who knows?" - Russ Isabella Spring 2005

New Yorker
"[C]ertainly ranks in the first tier of the series....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." 07/04/2005

Literary Review
"The [Reacher] books are all hugely exciting....[ONE SHOT] is standard (meaning immaculate) Reacher fare....[Reacher pursues the villains] cunningly, courageously and credibly." - Philip Oakes April 2005

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Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0466
Product attributePublisher:   Dell Publishing Company
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