A Wanted Man: (Jack Reacher 17) Hardcover – 30 Aug 2012
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"I love him. It's said that a Jack Reacher novel is bought every four seconds somewhere in the world. He is to crime fiction what Clint Easwood's 'man with no name' was to the western. Lee Child's genius in 17 novels has been to create a tough guy hero that men will envy and women will adore." (Daily Express)
"Pure escapism...He has redefined the thriller for the 21st century...Reacher is a knight errant every bit as much as Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe was. ...stunningly good." (Henry Sutton Daily Mirror)
"I am no longer (if I ever was) an unbiased critic. I am more of a Lee Child fan. I am pro-Reacher, his massive but benevolent brute of a drifter, vigilante hero....I'll definitely barrel through the next one too." (Andy Martin Independent)
"Smart, breathless...more ingenious than other Reacher books have been about the underground activities Reacher is thwarting." (Janet Maslin New York Times)
"A fascinating, swaggeringly confident performance" (Sunday Times)
Reacher is back - the taut new thriller from the Sunday Times and New York Times number one bestseller, winner of the Specsavers Crime & Thriller Book of the YearSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
As I don't believe in spoiling the book for those who haven't read it, all I will say is that the storyline is unimaginative, underdeveloped, and downright boring. You can't keep Jack in a car for half the book. It won't work. Sorry Lee, but you've written so much better. After the utter disappointment A Wanted Man was, I went back and started reading the Reacher epic from the beginning. It is fantastic. My favorite so far has to be Tripwire. The character development, storyline, and suspense are all there. Although, Die Trying and Killing Floor were very enjoyable as well. I guess early Jack is best Jack. Like my other favorite, Jack, Mr. Daniels.
I know Lee Child is a fabulous writer. I'm thinking he was either distracted, or maybe had this book written already and needed to bring his publisher another book to sell. Anyway, I am still a huge Reacher fan and I appreciate the work Lee Child puts into his novels. Just not this one. Sorry Lee. Gotta tell it like it is.
I like the stories I read to be fast paced, interesting dialogue, likable characters and intriguing plot, which the past Reacher novels usually dished out in bucket loads. Sadly this book does not deliver any of these. It shouldn't take over 75% of a book to be read before anything of any consequence actually happens and even when it does it seems rushed and detached.
I'm a huge fan of Child's writing and I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the Reacher books so I truly hope that the next one is back to what we know and love.
Unfortunately the book just wasn't up to the usual high standards of a Reacher novel, I thought the storyline was dull, support characters flat & even the action was lacking. Overall this is the worst of the Reacher novels in my opinion & I hope Child is not sacrificing quality for his promise of 1book per year.
Either that or he's been too busy messing about with the Reacher film.
To summarise then this book is about as good as the decision to cast Tom Cruise as Reacher.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Firstly, I have read many crime novels over a number of years, however, my opinion would differ from other people who read the same books, I have read just about all the Jack... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Robert Day
Item as described, excellent service, fast & efficient and highly recommendedPublished 10 days ago by Mr. A. J. Mcintosh
This is only the second book I have read by Lee Child and after enjoying the other one I was really looking forward to this one but was rather disappointed. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Julia
Great 1st half that fizzled in to a dull 2nd half and characters that I felt no attachment to. Struggled to finish it to its unsatisfying finale.Published 26 days ago by Roddenberry