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Nothing to Lose (Jack Reacher) [Hardcover]

Lee Child
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24 Mar 2008 Jack Reacher
Two small towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, nothing but twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher can't find a ride, so he walks. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets are four redneck deputies who want to run him out of town. Mistake. They're picking on the wrong guy. Jack Reacher is a big man, and he's in shape. No job, no address, no baggage. Nothing, except bloody-minded curiosity. What is the secret the locals seem so keen to hide? A hard man is good to find. Ex-military cop Reacher is today's most addictive hero. Now he pulls on a tiny loose thread, to unravel conspiracies that expose the most shocking truths. Because, after all, Jack Reacher has nothing to lose.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Printing edition (24 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593057023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593057025
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.6 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee Child is one of the world's leading thriller writers.His novels consistently achieve the number one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages.His debut novel, Killing Floor, was written after he was made redundant from his television job in Manchester, and introduced his much-admired maverick hero, the former military cop Jack Reacher.Born in Coventry, he now lives in America.

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Classic Child...Reacher, both a man's man and a ladies' man, proves once again that he's also his own man. -- Mirror

Reacher fans will love it...taking justice into his own hands and to hell with the wos'name...a solid inter-Bond-film substitute. -- Maxim

Slots a series of bone-crunching brawls into a surprisingly sinuous and zeitgeisty plot...Reacher's bare-knuckle sleuthing certainly keeps the adrenalin up. -- Financial Times

[Child] makes what he does seem simple. If it is, though, it's strange nobody else has managed it so well. -- David Sexton, Evening Standard

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The new Jack Reacher thriller by the no.1 bestseller. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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120 of 126 people found the following review helpful
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
After having Reacher team up with his former army colleagues in "Bad Luck and Trouble", Lee Child has gone back to Reacher's loner roots. "Nothing to Lose" opens with Reacher literally walking into the small town of Despair, Colorado, where he's promptly arrested and run out of town. What are the secrets that the residents of Despair are so desperate to keep hidden? Reacher is equally determined to find out...

The pace of this book is slower than most of the others that Lee Child has written and my feeling is that perhaps it related to a departure from formula. Usually Reacher encounters someone - a former colleague, an attractive woman, a man with a missing wife - with a problem and that creates the momentum. In this book, he simply stumbles on behaviour that he finds odd, and therefore starts investigating. Along the way he teams up with a local policewoman who also provides the obligatory romantic sub-plot. The book keeps you guessing with lots of sub-plots and little mysteries along the way (some of which turn out to be red herrings, but I suppose that adds to the intrigue).

"Nothing to Lose" delivered my much-anticipated "Reacher fix", but it's not Lee Child's best. Although it's a stand-alone novel, I wouldn't recommend starting here if you haven't read any other Lee Child books: you won't get what the fuss is about. I wasn't as absorbed by this one as I have been by the others in the series. The middle section dragged a little, but having said that it's still an easy read that goes down fast and keeps you up turning pages into the night. Probably if it had been another author this would have rated 3 stars for me, but I'm a shameless Reacher fan, so I'm rating it 4 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Lee Child book 25 Sep 2008
This was my first Lee Child book (Just bought the first one). I got into it straight away and was quite shocked to see some of his loyal fans give low scores. Highly recommend this book as the story stayed with me for a long while before I went out and bought the first book. I can only assume some fans have OD on the series, I guess they will be replaced by new fans like me. Look forward to the series....
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reacher still good but something is missing 3 April 2008
I read all the Reacher books and found them to be entertaining in a testosterone kind of way. You like to feel the rush of righteous punishment when Reacher mercilessly deals out death or beatings in his competent way.
This book, however, feels a bit stretched and by the numbers.
The scenery is somehow more claustrophobic and there is not the same sense of peril. The bad guys seem staggeringly clumsy and Reacher seems to be running circles (literally) around them. Kudos to Reacher but it doesn't make for a very compelling book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Since I read my first Reacher tale about a year ago I must have been through eight or nine of them. They are certainly a little formulaic in that Jack is drifting around the countryside and chances across some bad guys, and sorts it using his unique blend of analytical reasoning and brute force. Add in a bit of romantic interest and that's about it really. However, they are well written and I would judge them all as good to outstanding reads.

Nothing to Lose had the same elements as the others but for some reason it did not work nearly as well. Exactly what went wrong is quite hard to work out. It is quite long by Lee Child standards and unusually the narrative seems to drag a bit, although it does pick up towards the climax. It is rather unclear until the end exactly what misdeeds are being perpetrated and the whole story revolves around Jack travelling between the twin towns of Hope and Despair.

Every author is entitled to write a book once in a while which is not up to the usual standard. This is by no means a stinker, but it is not the page turner we have come to expect from this author. If this was the first Reacher book I had read, I would probably not have gone on to read the others which would have been my loss.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ROUTINE REACHER 7 July 2008
I'm a big fan of Lee Child and his rogue, justice-dealing loner, Reacher. In "Nothing to Lose", Reacher must solve the mystery of a remote town, Despair, whose people seem unaccountably keen to see the back of him. This makes the plot reminiscent of the first Jack Reacher, "Killing Floor". Indeed, the whole plot is uncomfortably formulaic and reminiscent of earlier Lee Child thrillers, from Reacher shacking up with an interesting loner female to his final assault on a stronghold defended by some tough guys. I hoped desperately for some twists or intriguing characters, but in vain. Indeed, the plot conceit of having two neighbouring towns entitled "Hope" (decent place) and "Despair" (dump) was symptomatic of what feels like the author's need to let a second pair of eyes edit this down to something tighter and better (see eg "Tripwire" or "Echo Burning"). I'd have liked to another outing for Reacher's best female sidekick, the enigmatic Neagly, too (see "Without Fail" and "Bad Luck and Trouble"). And Reacher's terrific, ironic sense of humour, as seen in "The Enemy" seems to have deserted him.

So why 4 stars? Well, it's still a decent read, and moves along briskly enough. But c'mon Lee Child, you can do better than this!

For: an OK read. Against: slow-moving and formulaic in places.
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