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Lee Child
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1 April 2003 Jack Reacher (Book 6)

Jack Reacher walks alone.No job, no ID, no last known address.Doesn’t want to be found.But he never turns down a plea for help.Especially from a woman.

Now a woman tracks him down. A woman serving at the very heart of US power. A woman who needs Reacher’s native cunning, surly charm and controlled aggression to help her with her new job.

Her job? Putting herself in the line of fire. Protecting the Vice-President of the United States.

Her problem? Someone wants the VP dead.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (1 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553813439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553813432
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lee Child has inexorably pulled himself into the upper echelons of thriller writing with a series of tough, lean and perfectly crafted novels featuring ex-US military cop Jack Reacher. Without Fail is the sixth outing for the resourceful Reacher, and far from showing any signs of incipient fatigue, the series just goes from strength to strength as Child hones his abilities.

As in such previous books as Die Trying and The Killing Floor, Jack Reacher is a maverick. He carries no ID, and any place he hangs his hat is home. And while he's more than capable of dealing out massive violence to the bad guys who take him on, he's a sucker for a plea for help--particularly from a woman. This time, he's asked by the persuasive Ms Froelich to help her protect the Vice-President of the United States from an assassination attempt that's on the cards. So Reacher, with only the clothes he stands up in, finds himself deep in the rarefied world of the United States Secret Service in Washington, where his problems come from the stiff-necked bureaucrats as much as from the utterly ruthless killer who soon has Reacher in his sights as much as the Vice-President.

If the plot here is a tad reminiscent of the Clint Eastwood movie In the Line of Fire, that's no coincidence--Child has his characters discuss the echoes of their situation with that film at length. But, boy, does Child ring some powerful variations of his own on the theme: this the most kinetic Reacher novel yet, full of the brilliantly orchestrated set-pieces that are a specialité de la maison with the author (the final climax in a snowy ravine is a pip). The action here is relentless, but never at the expense of character--Child is canny enough to keep dark shadows from Reacher's past a key part of his motivation. And the skill that the British-born Child is so proud of--his faultless evocation of the American landscape--is the final icing on a very tempting cake. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'Jack Reacher is a most magnetic creation, tough, cool and ultimately moral' -- Irish Independent

'Lee Child's protagonist, Jack Reacher, is a hero in the Dirty Harry style...Produces a surprising twist when it's least expected' -- Sunday Telegraph

‘A good, edge-of-the-seat thriller’ -- Punch

‘Lee Child writes edgy American thrillers to rival the likes of Thomas Harris and John Grisham’ -- The Mirror

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darn good read 9 May 2005
By A Customer
I have to disagree with previous reviewers - this is one of my favourite Reacher novels. I, too, enjoy those moments when some thug goes after our hero and Reacher smacks him down without breaking a sweat. But what I really enjoyed about this adventure was the twists and turns in the plot - the drip drip of clues and the puzzling them out angle. I also found the personal elements of Reacher's complex and rather unhealthy relationship with his brother's ex-girlfriend very poignant and absorbing.
A plus for me, too, was that the reason for the vendetta against the VP wasn't the usual political theme of most other novels of this type. I found that very refreshing. Neither did I find it unbelievable as another reviewer suggests. People can be petty and revenge is a powerful motivator - especially when coupled with personal humilation. I had no trouble believing that someone would bear a grudge under the circumstances outlined.
All in all, this adventure didn't let me down or disappoint. I haven't read a Reacher novel yet that didn't entertain, delight and fascinate me from page one to page end and this one was no exception. I like that sometimes Reacher uses brawn in a novel and sometimes his heart and head. This novel was in the latter mold - but there are plenty of Reacher adventures that encompass the former elements, too.
All things for all readers. What more can you ask for?
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Reacher - One Man Army 16 Aug 2006
Lee Child never fails to thrill with his Jack Reacher novels and this one is no exception. Reacher - every womans dream man every mans boyhood hero. Once again Reacher takes on the bad guys. This time they are trying to kill the Vice President of the US of A. Reacher, an ex military policeman, travels through America with no ID, no job and no address. Not a wise thing to do in this day and age. He lives off his army pension and gets involved in more fights than Batman and Superman ever had to deal with. Once again Lee Child has put our hero into the middle of another, must read, adventure. I don't know where Lee Child gets his ideas from but, being selfish,I hope he continues to get them for a long time to come. Great read, as always,hard to put down even to sleep or eat.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite without fail 1 July 2003
Jack Reacher returns, but not ina guise that we have become used to. The book seems to take an age to get going (but it does). Reachers task of helping his dead brothers ex girl protect the new Vice President is a little thin as plots go. Child seems to be reaching (excuse the pun) for a link between old and new books.
Reachers latest incarnation seems almost frail by comparison to earlier adventures. His new partner in crime (an ex army buddy)takes away Reachers seeming invulnerability and capacity to see through every angle.
Read it. Its a fine book. But it leaves the reader wondering where all the normal pzzazz from earlier books went.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never mind Batman returns - Reacher is back 22 Aug 2006
I must admit I'm a fan of Lee Child and Jack Reacher. I have one question about this story ie how does someone who is unemployed,no home address and no ID get a job protecting the Vice President of America. UK job centres please take note. Someone is out to kill the vice president and Reacher is approached by (of course)a female to help her protect the vice president. Who are the bad guys ? Are they all outside the Whitehouse ? Well are they? Once again Lee Child has produced another non stop page turner. Be prepared to go out of circulation,for a time, when you start this book.It is difficult not to give a Jack Reacher (Lee Child) novel five stars. This one is no different from the others. Great story - buy it now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 26 Nov 2007
Like all Child's books, its a gripping read and would highly recommend it to anyone. Reacher is a legend and you can;t help but want to be him!
Read it!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lee Child does it again! 30 April 2002
By Christine L HALL OF FAME
The latest book about Jack Reacher is just as good as every single one of Lee Child's previous books. I feel that Jack Reacher as a character has now grown up and uses his brain a bit more than turning to the vigilante justice that we've been used to previously. The plot is an interesting one and I'm particularly impressed by the fact that Child refrains from using the President as his target, a choice that would have been much more obvious. He also shows us that he's less sentimental when it comes to killing off certain characters than most other authors, which adds to the entertainment value of the story. This is certainly another page turner from Lee Child and I highly recommend it. It would be advisable to read Killing Floor first though as this book, although it works well on its own, does refer to certain elements of that story and not reading it first would ruin that book for you later.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jack and Lee stumble (It had too happen sometime) 10 April 2003
By Rosslock VINE VOICE
It had too happen. It could not last. Having written excellent and very high quality action thrillers featuring the supremely self-confident and capable Jack Reacher, Mr Lee Child fails to deliver in 'Without Fail'. Oh, don't get me wrong, it is still an enjoyable read, but slower than previous novels and somehow slightly less captivating. Maybe because the theme, protecting a politician, in this case the up-and-coming future Vice-President is something that has been done many times before.
But I think the biggest problem is that Jack Reacher seems out of his depth. Yes, Jack Reacher falters and stumbles and makes a mistake in this book. And that I think is the books main problem. Jack is not supposed to be fallable. He is not supposed to get it wrong. Jack is invincible! Or at least that was the way he was in previous books. Also, the bad guys in this novel are, in my humble opinion, not very strongly written. Surely these are characters that Jack Reacher would have for breakfast.And their motivation for trying to assasinate the VP is very weak to say the least.
All in all, not the best Reacher/Lee (or is that Lee/Reacher) novel. But read it anyway, it is still good.
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