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Worth Dying for (Jack Reacher Novels) [Hardcover]

Lee Child
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 customer reviews)

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19 Oct 2010 Jack Reacher Novels
“Jack Reacher is the coolest continuing series character now on offer.”—Stephen King, in Entertainment Weekly

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child follows the electrifying 61 Hours with his latest Reacher thriller—a story that hits the ground running and then accelerates all the way to a colossal showdown.

There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska . . . and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go.

The Duncans want Reacher gone—and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment that’s already late—and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy. For as dangerous as the Duncans are, they’re just the bottom of a criminal food chain stretching halfway around the world.

For Reacher, it would have made much more sense to keep on going, to put some distance between himself and the hard-core trouble that’s bearing down on him.

For Reacher, that was also impossible.

Worth Dying For is the kind of explosive thriller only Lee Child could write and only Jack Reacher could survive—a heart-racing page-turner no suspense fan will want to miss.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (19 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385344317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385344319
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.5 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,744,409 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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Lee Child has had his readers biting their fingernails even more insistently than usual since his last novel. The author usually delivers one book a year featuring his laconic, super-resourceful hero Jack Reacher, but we were informed by his publishers that there would be a very briskly delivered successor to the last book, 61 Hours -- and the reason was not hard to see. A significant number of Reacher admirers had been startled by the fact that the ex-military policeman appeared to be dead at the end of his latest outing. But we can relax -- here’s the new book, Worth Dying For, with the tough Mr Reacher alive and kicking, and more than ready for another helping of pulse-raising action.

Initially, we are not told how Jack Reacher survived the seemingly-terminal events of the last book, as he makes his way south to an unwelcoming part of Nebraska in the dead of winter. He fetches up in a town in the grip of the powerful, manipulative Duncan family, and the cowed townspeople have no fight left in them. In a sleazy hotel, he encounters the town's alcoholic doctor, and the two end up driving to a house where they come across a grim case of domestic violence. And Child admirers won’t be surprised to learn that Jack’s life is soon on the line -- as usual. The stage is set for violent confrontation.

Lee Child, with each new book, effortlessly sails to the top of the bestseller charts – a feat already achieved with Worth Dying For. The secret? There are no frills with the business-like Mr Child - just copper-bottomed storytelling skills, fully on display with this new book. The frigid Nebraska setting here contrasts tellingly with the hot action. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A sequel to the terrific 61 Hours (try to read it first)... one of the great storytellers of the thriller genre" The Times "His is an ironclad storytelling ethos, a gift for narrative that grips like the proverbial vice... Reacher, as ever, is sui generis - a violent force for good set down by the author to eliminate evil and move on. But what counts is Child's ability to keep the reader turning the pages. If anyone can put down Worth Dying For after the first few pages, then they shouldn't really be reading thrillers at all" Independent "As a warrior who lacks a car, credit card, phone or weapon of his own, and has no continuing human ties or home, he is even more of a lone, denuded outsider than Lisbeth Salander, the heroine of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy. Both are avengers who play on our atavistic instincts: when we cheer their lethal justice - if we do - we're acknowledging the pull of a primitive hatred that demands death and can't wait, scornful of the protracted pussyfooting of the law" The Sunday Times "Worth queuing up for" Sun "Explosive as ever" Daily Mirror

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth Dying For? Not really! 18 Nov 2010
By Nikki-ann VINE VOICE
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Having read 61 Hours: (Jack Reacher 14) (Jack Reacher Novel) by Lee Child (the previous book in the Jack Reacher series) and enjoying it, I decided to get the latest book in the Jack Reacher series, Worth Dying For. Well, 61 Hours had left us with a cliff hanger too, so I HAD to get Worth Dying for as it promised to tell us how he did it.

On his way through desolate Nebraska to Virginia to see the new CO of the 110th Special Unit, Jack Reacher arrives at a motel and encounters the local alcoholic doctor. The two end up visiting a victim of domestic violence, but Reacher soon learns that she's the least of their troubles. The victim is the wife of Seth Duncan and the Duncan family are running the town. People are afraid of them and what they'll do if they step out of line. Jack Reacher, of course, won't stand for this and sets about vengeance.

I expected the book to start with telling us how Jack seemingly survived the end of 61 Hours, but it didn't and I was a third of the way through the book before I found out. Was it worth it? No, not really. I don't know what I expected, but, for whatever reason, I found it a bit disappointing and not worth the suspense from the end of the previous book.

Furthermore, I became increasingly annoyed at Jack Reacher. While I'm aware that his life was in danger (well, it was after he stuck his nose in), I became increasingly annoyed at the increasing body count (whether injured or murdered). The man seems to come across as if he's the law and God forbid if you get in his way! Where's the justice in that? I like that he helps people, but I also believe that somebody who has done wrong should stand trial and take their punishment from the law, not from one man.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok I guess 20 Oct 2010
This was another fine example of Lee Child's incredible writing talents which is why it is being given the three star rating, because even though it was really well written and laid out with plenty of action and mystery to it that kept me reading to find out more, I was disappointed.

This was supposed to be a follow on from 61 hours, which was why I bought this book, because I wanted to know what happened to Reacher and if he escaped, instead, as pleased as I was that he did (obviously) survive, it offered only the vaguest of explanations and didn't even bother giving a full recount of how he managed to get out of his predicament at the end of 61 hours.

Impressive piece of writing, cannot wait for another, but I feel it could have recounted Reachers escape at the end of 61 hours.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A latter day western 30 Sep 2010
I get the impression that this is the book that Lee Child has always wanted to write. The lone hero up against the family controlled town is a theme we are familiar with from all those old Western films we used to watch and it is brought bang up to date with this effort. It is no coincidence that the book is set in the heart of cowboy country in Nebraska.

I can't fault the book. I doubt this will be anyone's first exposure to Jack Reacher therefore you will know what to expect. He gets into scrapes he could avoid but chooses not to and he knows just how much violence is required to get out of these scrapes. His knack of being always (well almost allways) right can be a tad annoying at times, perhaps he is just TOO infallible, but that's one of the joys of this series. He's not a superman but equally he's not an everyman. He's jack Reacher, he has his standards and he will stick to them.

Plot? Well 15 books into the series this is possibly the most believeable plot of them all. It is genuinely thrilling and as the book reaches its climax it becomes increasingly difficult to put down. In fact as you may guess from this review, I got this book this morning and have read it virually non-stop since getting home which by my reckoning means it took me just over 9 hours to read, which may suggest a "slight" read but believe me it really means it grips from page 1 and won't let go.

I've had my doubts about some previous volumes in this series, but 61 Hours and now this one have re-established my faith in Lee Child. One problem. Since I've read this one so soon after publication it will be ages till the next one comes out. I may have to return to some of the earlier books to pass the time.
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104 of 113 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reacher (continued) 5 Oct 2010
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"To be continued" it said at the end of the last book, ending on a bit of a cliff-hanger. That kind of raised expectations that this would be a continuation of that book, but no this is a stand alone story although Reacher carries forward some injuries and there is a very brief explanation as to how he got them.

The iconic loner/drifter Reacher is in bleak Nebraska and gets caught up in a region ruled by the Duncan family who are waiting for a mysterious shipment and Reacher seems to be an obstacle. The last book "61 Hours" had a strong element of waiting for something to come in, and we have seen quite a bit of Reacher in bleak American towns, so there were elements that felt familiar. Reacher also discovers that a girl went missing many years ago and once his sense of justice kicks in, there is no way he can leave until he resolves things.

Typical Reacher then, a page turner with a great character. Perhaps too samey to other Reacher stories to be one of the author's best, but it is still sucks you in and makes you want to read just one more page.
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One of the best reacher books yet. Hard to put down, right from the start. Not really a follow on from previous book, but did put a ending to it.
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