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Tripwire: (Jack Reacher 3) Paperback – 20 Apr 2000


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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (20 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553811851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553811858
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (870 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,551 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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Ex-military policemen Jack Reacher is lying low in Key West, digging up swimming pools by hand. He is not best pleased when a private detective starts asking questions about him, but when the detective, Costello, turns up dead with his fingertips sliced off, Reacher realises it is time to move on. Soon (as in Child's two previous excellent thrillers Die Trying and Killing Floor) Reacher is up to his neck in lethal trouble involving a vicious Wall Street manipulator, a mysterious woman (of course) and the livelihood of a whole community. Even the fate of soldiers missing in action in Vietnam is stirred into the brew. But this is not a book by one of the new breed of US thriller writers: Child prides himself that, as an Englishman, he writes American thrillers that are utterly convincing in milieu and toughness of action, without a trace of English sensibility. This new one is no exception-- every bit as lean and compulsive as its predecessors, it also builds on the freshest aspect of those books: Reacher may be a tough, epic hero, but he always remains human and vulnerable. Here's one for that long plane or train journey.

--Barry Forshaw

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"A slickly effective thriller which confirms Child's ability to keep the reader guessing - and sweating" The Times "A fast-moving, violent and gripping mystery with a very bad baddie, and a tough, pragmatic hero in Jack Reacher" Daily Telegraph "Lee Child continues his meteoric rise and mastery of suspense with Tripwire. It's a tightly-drawn and swift thriller that gives new meaning to what a page-turner should be" -- Michael Connelly "Establishes Child in the premier division. Taut, with more than a touch of sweet romance, this is dangerously compulsive, so be warned - don't start it at bedtime or you'll be up all night" Manchester Evening News "Good thrillers exist in a class of their own. The point of such a book is total escape and Tripwire fills the bill... includes a bang-up finale which makes the reader sit back and gasp with both wonder and understanding" Denver Post --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.

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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Thorbes on 8 May 2007
Format: Paperback
Jack Reacher novels are always pretty good. Child's got a knack for keeping what are essentially quite similar stories fresh and interesting.

Here, however, he turns it up a notch and delivers probably the finest Reacher novel I've read.

While the novel is not going to win any awards for great literature, the so called heavyweights like Dan Brown and Michael Reilly could take a leaf out of Lee Child's book when it comes to penning a good thriller.

The story begins when a man sent to find Reacher by a woman Jack's never heard of turns up dead behind a motel in Florida with his fingers cut off. Reacher's curiosity is piqued and he journey's to New York to find out why the man had to die, and what it has to do with him.

His search brings him face to face with his own past, and with Victor `Hook' Hobie.

Hobie is far and away the best villain to feature in any Jack Reacher novel I have read so far. A man with a secret that he will go to any lengths, no matter how brutal or sadistic, to protect. For the first time, you feel that Reacher has met an adversary worthy of the name, and as the book winds towards its climax, it grabs hold of you and won't let you go.

An essential read for Child fans and a great book in its own right to keep the Reacher virgin entertained, I honestly can't recommend this book enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By deputy_derrick on 6 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
Another winner from Lee Child!He clearly puts some much into these and we really reap the rewards in every page. The ideas are so original, the prologue sets up the story and throughout its purpose is slowly revealed and at the end it all comes together beautifully.

I'm glad that there are so many more Reachers out there.

Keep them coming!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr James Martin on 15 Jun. 2011
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After the gung-ho action of "Die Trying", it was definitely a sensible move to reign back the kill count for this third Jack Reacher novel. Tripwire is actually similar in style and structure to the original (Roacher roams about freely, gradually unravelling the mystery).

It's not giving away much to mention where the bulk of the tale takes place. The cities of Miami and New York are used splendidly, and again, it's a nice change from Die Trying as that was set almost entirely in the countryside.

The chief bad guy, 'Hook Hobie', is probably the finest lead villain of the series so far. He's a monsterously evil man, and waiting for him to come a cropper to Reacher is one of the guilty pleasures of the book. Hobie has a good backstory too. He's very well developed.

Also good is the introduction of Jodie Garber, Reacher's new love interest. In a change from the previous books, Garber is not just a random cop or agent-on-scene, she's a ghost from Reacher's army past. This allows some good page time to be spent exploring Reacher's feelings towards the army (and Jodie), providing good depth to the narrative.

Overall, this is a huge improvement over Die Trying, itself an excellent yarn. Tripwire though is a wonderfully crafted thriller. It's difficult to predict what will happen next and it will keep you on your toes from beginning to end. Fully recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roy J Kilgour on 1 Mar. 2013
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As in all his books he goes into far too much detail, for example several pages telling the reader how he got from one location to another. By the time youve read all the unnecessary informative you've forgotten the plot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Menarc58 on 12 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a great read as are all of the Jack Reacher series, could not put it down, if you have not read any of this series you must, you will be hooked.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Al plus boots on 7 Sept. 2000
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This was my third Lee Child novel, and I was not disappointed. This story moved at a cracking pace, but was different in style, which was refereshing. It allowed more depth & insight into the character of Jack Reacher. The standard has been maintained, I am looking forward to 'The Visitor' next...
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By 100wordreviewer on 9 May 2006
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I've read most of Lee Child's thrillers and this is my favourite. The story is compelling, with plenty of twists and mysteries to unravel. The villain is exceptionally threatening. There are plenty of minor characters to identify with, so every reader can think "what would I do if that was happening to me?" I also found Child's tough-guy hero Jack Reacher more rounded and convincing in this book than in eg Killing Floor or Persuader. All in all, a tremendously good read.

Downside: avoid if graphic violence and torture disturb you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ***Jesus Loves YOU!*** on 12 Nov. 2014
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Excellent reading once again if you can stand the pace, charting Reacher on another adventure which includes fulfilling his love for an old family friend. This softer side is very touching as it's hard to imagine him in this role.

Fans of his previous 2 books The Killing Floor and Die Trying, will know that there is always action where he is concerned and this book in no exception. Explosive from the word go...hold on to your seat because you are in for a hell of a ride.

Don't we all wish we had a friend like Reacher, some-one that has your back covered, a very loyal friend who is always there for you no matter what, beating the bad guys before they can hurt you...and a little romance thrown in...with-out the graphic sex....sigh!

Get the book, read the book and then hurry out to buy the next one!

Highly recommended, thank you Lee.
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