Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher, No. 13)
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New York City. Two in the morning. A subway car heading uptown. Jack Reacher, plus five other passengers. Four are okay. The fifth isn’t.

In the next few tense seconds Reacher will make a choice--and trigger an electrifying chain of events in this gritty, gripping masterwork of suspense by #1 New York Times bestseller Lee Child.

Susan Mark was the fifth passenger. She had a lonely heart, an estranged son, and a big secret. Reacher, working with a woman cop and a host of shadowy feds, wants to know just how big a hole Susan Mark was in, how many lives had already been twisted before hers, and what danger is looming around him now.

Because a race has begun through the streets of Manhattan in a maze crowded with violent, skilled soldiers on all sides of a shadow war. Susan Mark’s plain little life was critical to dozens of others in Washington, California, Afghanistan . . . from a former Delta Force operator now running for the U.S. Senate, to a beautiful young woman with a fantastic story to tell–and to a host of others who have just one thing in common: They’re all lying to Reacher. A little. A lot. Or maybe just enough to get him killed.

In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America . . . and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it’s a mystery with only one answer–the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

Amazon Exclusive Essay: Lee Child on Gone Tomorrow

My career as a writer has been longer than some and shorter than others, but it happens to span the internet era more or less exactly. My first book, Killing Floor, came out in 1997. It probably sold some copies on Amazon, but not many, because the company was in its infancy then, barely two years old. In that book I even referred to “an e-mail,” thinking I was showing two of the characters to be amazingly cutting-edge and modern.

A year or so later I actually got e-mail, and a year or so after that I got a web site, and a couple of years after that I got broadband, and over the following few years I got into the habit of starting the day internet surfing, reading the news and the gossip.

But it is not until now that I can say that one of my books--the thirteenth Reacher thriller, Gone Tomorrow--is truly and exclusively a product of the internet age.

I started the surfing years in a sensible, structured manner, but I eventually learned that the best stuff comes randomly. I started to follow links on a whim, bouncing from place to place, Googling other people’s references, following the maze, looking for rabbit holes.

I found an anonymous police blog from Britain.

It was apparently hosted by a London copper, and because it was secure and anonymous it was uninhibited. The people who posted there said all kinds of things. There were complaints and there was bitching, of course, but also there was a frank and unexpurgated view of police work from behind the lines. I got there in the summer of 2005, just after the suicide bombings on London’s transportation system, and just after a completely innocent Brazilian student had been shot to death by London police, who were under the mistaken impression that the guy had been involved.

Now, as a thriller writer, I’m familiar with the idea that cops can be bent or reckless. But I’m equally aware that’s mostly literary license. I know lots of cops, and they’re great people doing a very tough job. Years ago I met a friend’s eight-year-old daughter--a sweet little girl with no front teeth--and she grew up to be a cop. She won a bravery medal for a difficult solo arrest during which she was stabbed and had her thumb broken. She’s tough, but she’s not bent or reckless. So are the other cops I know.

So I was curious: what happened with the Brazilian kid? How was the mistake made?

So I eavesdropped while the coppers on the anonymous site were asking the same question. And I learned something interesting.

Their first consensus explanation was: because of “the list.” The Brazilian boy was showing “all twelve signs.” I thought, what list? What signs? So I clicked and scrolled and Googled, and it turned out that years earlier Israeli counterintelligence had developed a failsafe checklist of physical and behavioral signifiers, that when all present and correct mean you are looking at a suicide bomber. The list had entered training manuals, and after 9/11 those manuals were studied like crazy all over the world. And the response was mandatory: you see a guy showing the signs, you put him down, right now, before he can blow himself up.

And by sheer unlucky coincidence, the Brazilian kid had been showing the signs. A winter coat in July, a recent shave, and so on. (Read Gone Tomorrow if you want to know all twelve, and why.)

All writing is what if? So I tried to imagine that moment of... disbelief, I guess. You see a guy showing the signs, and probably every fiber of your being is saying, “This can’t be.” But you’re required to act.

So for the opening scene of Gone Tomorrow, I had Reacher sitting on a subway train in New York City, staring at a woman who is showing the signs. Reacher is ex-military law enforcement, and he knows the list forward and backward. Half of his brain is saying, “This can’t be,” and the other half is programmed to act. What does he do? What if he’s wrong? What will happen?

That’s where the story starts. It ends hundreds of pages later, in a place you both do and don’t expect. --Lee Child

(Photo ? Sigrid Estrada)

New York City. Two in the morning. A subway car heading uptown. Jack Reacher, plus five other passengers. Four are okay. The fifth isn’t.

In the next few tense seconds Reacher will make a choice–and trigger an electrifying chain of events in this gritty, gripping masterwork of suspense by #1 New York Times bestseller Lee Child.

Susan Mark was the fifth passenger. She had a lonely heart, an estranged son, and a big secret. Reacher, working with a woman cop and a host of shadowy feds, wants to know just how big a hole Susan Mark was in, how many lives had already been twisted before hers, and what danger is looming around him now.

Because a race has begun through the streets of Manhattan in a maze crowded with violent, skilled soldiers on all sides of a shadow war. Susan Mark’s plain little life was critical to dozens of others in Washington, California, Afghanistan . . . from a former Delta Force operator now running for the U.S. Senate, to a beautiful young woman with a fantastic story to tell–and to a host of others who have just one thing in common: They’re all lying to Reacher. A little. A lot. Or maybe just enough to get him killed.

In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America . . . and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it’s a mystery with only one answer–the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

From the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews:

  • A perfect Reacher novel
    Reacher is back! And in top form! This novel was a perfect combination of mysteries within mysteries combined with suspense and action and just didn't quit!

    It opens with our hero sitting in a New York subway. Only a few other people are in the car, and one of them, frightenly enough, exactly fits "the list." The list is a bulleted list of tells, or signs, developed by the Israelis, that a person is a suicide bomber. But why, this woman, in this place -- a subway train in the middle of the night, going to nowhere important? Could it be a mistake? Reacher decides that he must approach her.

    What happens from that moment on is what sets the story, as he begins to find out her history, her motivation, and who else may or may not be involved.

    This novel represents Mr. Child at his very best. I hope all his fans read this, and that some other folks give it a try. You don't have to have read the rest of the books to pick this one up and read. Enough information is given to you, in a very unobtrusive manner, to enjoy this book.

    I recommend it 100%!...more info
  • Good- But Just Good
    Fair or not, every Lee Child Jack Reacher book has to be compared to the other Jack Reacher books. This was a reassuring step up from last year's "Nothing to Lose", but it still just missed. Like all the Reacher books, it can stand alone, but knowing the main character gives the reader instant familiarity with his eccentricities.

    This entry in the series has plenty of action, especially in the last fifty pages, and plenty of Reacher's stellar deductive reasoning. However, the setting, like that in "Nothing to Lose" just doesn't ring true (understanding that "ringing true" in any of these books is a relative term). The old Jack Reacher used to be thrust into situations where he was forced to fight the bad guys to a) save some one; and b) save himself. In this book as in last year's, Reacher thrusts himself into a life-threatening situation just because he "hates to go backward". It's fine if a character does not want to walk away, but the plot here is so forced it really defies logic, especially for Reacher who likes to portray himself as a person who reacts rather than an agressor.

    That having been said, the plot is still a good one. The foreign female characters are excellent (can't say much more without giving it away). What appears to be a suicide to start the novel is much much more and just the tip of the iceberg with foreign intrigue, the NYPD, FBI and nameless national agencies all aligned against Reacher at one time or another and even, for a short time, all at once. Once again, Reacher defies the odds through his unique blend or Holmesian reasoning and physical prowess.

    All in all, a fair book, but nothing great. I hope Reacher is not tiring....more info
  • I mean....it's Reacher
    Jack Reacher. He's the man, that's all there is to it. Is this a perfect novel? Nope. But since Jack is tha star, it's tough to give it any less than 4 stars. A terrifically gripping start. Awesome Reacher classic lines. Very enjoyable scenes. Not the best Reacher book, but a standard, classic, enjoyable Lee Child book. He is definitely one of the best characters in any novel today. ...more info
  • Read the price description, whiners.........
    Actually 4 stars, but hated seeing the rating dragged down so much by people who evidently can't read the kindle not fine print that says "NY Times BESTSELLER list"@ at 9.99 it doesn't say new releases... The book: engaging, entertaining and a return to form for Lee Child....more info
  • Love me some Reacher
    I always look forward to a new Reacher novel the way I do a great meal (I'm keeping this PG here)I've planned for weeks. I'm always torn between snarfing it down to find out what happens, or trying to make it last.

    I read "Gone Tomorrow" in less than four hours. Call me a binger. It was worth it.

    My only minor quibble is that I really, really wanted to know what was in the picture, and that annoyed me. Other than that, it was Reacher at his best.

    Having just read another "suspense novel" from another, mysteriously best-selling author that was incredibly poorly written and shoddy, reading Lee Childs was the perfect antidote. Thank you.

    Of course...now I'm panting for the next installment!...more info
  • Bait and Switch
    Lee Child is great and I was looking forward to reading the new Reacher novel on my Kindle.... But I won't until Amazon keeps its promise for $9.99 best sellers. ...more info
  • Reacher returns
    He's back in New York City and the story is great. The 400+ pages go by in a heartbeat in a terrifically entertaining story that starts with a middle of the night subway ride. Before it ends Jack Reacher runs afoul of the New York City Police Department, the FBI, some DoD agents, a former Delta Force operative who is a candidate for the senate, and three formidable females: one a NYPD officer, who is nice, and two from southwest Asia who are definitely not nice. (Of the "good" guys, the NYPD comes across as the most rational and professional--art imitating life!). The midtown area of Manhattan begins to seem like a character as well, but unfamiliar as Reacher goes about his business late at night. Bad guys, beware. He's back. And this book is as good as the best of the earlier Reacher novels. I recommend it highly, but I am disappointed by the Kindle price, $14.58, which is only 27 cents less than the hardcover price.

    (update: On May 28, 2009, just nine days after it went on sale at its pre-order price of $14.58, the price of the Kindle edition of Gone Tomorrow was reduced to $9.99. This seems to be the way Amazon operates with some new Kindle books; they refuse to refund the difference which they have always done in the past when a price changed right after a purchase. This certainly takes the bloom off the Kindle. The moral of the story is do not pre-order or buy a new title for a few days until the Kindle price drop comes.) ...more info
  • The thinking hero fails to question
    As a preface I will state that I have read and enjoyed every one of the previous Reacher novels. But this latest offering by Lee Child fails to deliver [even though he does make sure that there is enough excessive blood and violence at the end of the book]. One of the key characters in the book, a U.S. congressman, tells Reacher that "Bin Laden knocked down the Twin Towers. He attacked the Pentagon. He is the world's worst terrorist." Reacher, this most highly intelligent killing machine, does not dispute what Congressman Sansom has said. But the FBI most certainly did as it has refused to place bin Laden on its Most Wanted List for being the [alleged] mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks. That is because they have stated that they do not believe that there is enough evidence, despite the propaganda put out by Bush and Cheney [and which Cheney continues to put forth], to link bin Laden with 9/11.

    One has to wonder why Sansom's aide Springfield, who has connections to many of the various intelligence agencies, did not inform the congressman or Reacher that no jets were scrambled until the drama of 9/11 had played out. How did the [alleged] 19 hijackers manage to shut down NORAD, the FAA and the air force? It is extremely doubtful if bin Laden, hiding in his cave thousands of miles away in Afghanistan when this happened, managed to somehow make this happen. Why did Reacher not inquire of the congressman how these [alleged] hijackers, all of them between 5'5" and 5'7" tall and of slender build, managed to overcome the flight crew and the rest of the passengers, not with Uzi submachine guns or with pistols, but with box cutters. Why does Reacher not know that 99.9 per cent of the wreckage of that plane that supposedly hit the Pentagon was never found? Perhaps Reacher should become connected to the Internet to realize that he has been had.

    The point of all this is that we have Jack Reacher, a person who is very quick [justifiably] to usually question authority, now going along with the official conspiracy theory put forth by the U.S. government. This simply defies credibility that Reacher, this most intelligent of fictional heroes, would have blindly accepted the story that John Sansom was spinning. Reacher eventually discovered that the bad people were lying to him but yet is loath to believe that his government would lie to him just as I was lied to when I and hundreds of thousands of others ended up unnecessarily and unjustifiably in a place called Vietnam.

    It would appear that Lee Child's characters should be more respected for their intelligence than the way that they have been portrayed by their creator....more info
  • Everything you need. Nothing you don't.
    Action that literally takes your breath away. Puzzles that make you think HARD and then wonder how you DIDN'T see that solution. Clipped sentences. Like these. Addicting, really. So don't whine about the price. You need this satisfying fix of Lee Child's Reacher the way I need a cup of coffee in the morning. Sure, we could skip it. But then we'd be irritable and groggy when we could be happy and engaged. ...more info
  • Gone Tomorrow
    I have read all of the Jack Reacher series and I enjoyed this episode the most so far. I can hardly wait to read No. 14 which I understand the author, Lee Child, is currently writing. Enjoy...more info
  • Lee Child please reconsider
    I am one of a growing number of Lee Child fans who have become increasingly disappointed with the last two Reacher novels. I appreciate the hard work that goes into his writing,but it seems as if Mr. Child hasn't gotten (or doesn't care) about any feedback of his recent work. 'Gone Tomorrow' is incredibly boring! I know
    it is not a stand alone book (I have read all in the series) but I can't imagine what a reader new to the series must think of the Reacher character if they read this book before any other... Mr. Child please listen to what your readers are saying and stop stringing us "Reacher" fans along only to be disappointed over and over again.

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  • Gone tomorrow....fast paced...Reacher at his best..
    How do you dare put a book down when by page 2 the main character (Jack Reacher, of course) spots a woman who appears to be a suicide bomber on a subway train. She sits in a black heavy coat mumbling to herself. Reacher knows something is wrong. He lists the criterion for suicide bombers. Reacher knows after he goes through the list that he is dealing with a very dangerous situation. What will Reacher do?

    Lee Child writes a fast paced book, of course, and this one does not fail to explode out of the gates and never slows down. Reacher has to deal with the NYC Cops, the Feds, Dept of Defense and possibly even the Taliban or Al Qaeda who have possibly infiltrated the city of New York.

    The plot moves quickly and I found myself turning the pages in total enjoyment. The only problem I had with the plot was the "memory stick" which had a good premise (what was on that memory stick?), but it seemed to fade out of importance near the end and I thought Lee Child could have done more with that issue.

    Still, it's a great read and Jack Reacher fans can rejoice as he is back and better than ever!...more info
  • Best Reacher so far!
    This book kept me turning pages, walking around the house with the book attached to my hands. The story line is better than book 12 (although it was enjoyable too) & very timely. I like a good terrorist/political thriller & NYC as the main setting was great. Can't wait until book 14 - Reacher is always interesting!...more info
  • Not Close to his Earlier Books...
    Your memory of what's it's about will be Gone Tomorrow, or shortly if you finish. You won't forget, however, the Kindle price, and the way you were mislead when making the $350+ purchase....more info
  • Reacher and Child at their Best
    Everyone who has read Lee Child's Jack Reacher books has a favorite. Mine happens to be the newly published GONE TOMORROW, and there are a number of reasons for this. For one, the novel is set in New York City, where Reacher, at least for me, seems to be at his best. Another is that the always self-assured Reacher reveals a side and quantity to his wit and wisdom heretofore unseen. A third is the nuggets of information about New York that are dropped appropriately and generously throughout the book. And then, of course, there is the story, which is perhaps the most interesting and complex tale with which Child has graced us to date.

    GONE TOMORROW begins with Reacher on the subway, undertaking the first leg of a journey to take him out of town. We learn soon enough that his entire reason for being in the city was to visit some Bleecker Street clubs and listen to music. But his travels are interrupted when he spots a woman who meets almost all the criteria for a suicide bomber (the criteria list, if you haven't seen it, is worth the price of admission all by itself). When he approaches her and attempts to quietly and civilly ascertain her intentions, she shoots herself. Suddenly, Reacher is a person of interest in the eyes of a number of different groups of people.

    First are the two officers investigating the death of the woman, whose name is Susan Mark. The police are almost immediately followed by a trio of nameless federal agents from an unidentified federal agency. Next are a quartet of gentlemen from a private investigator's office that does not exist, as Reacher soon finds out. Then there is the brother of the unfortunate Mark, a cop from a small town in New Jersey who cannot believe that his sister committed suicide. While each group seeks information from Reacher, it is Reacher who manages to extract a crumb, a thread, or a nugget of information regarding Mark, and the events that led to her killing herself on a New York subway train, alone and far from home.

    Reacher soon ferrets out two vital pieces of information: Mark knew something about John Sansom, an up-and-coming Senatorial candidate from North Carolina, and she was in New York to meet with a woman named Lila Hoth, a foreign national who was waiting for that information, supposedly with benign and benevolent intent. Everyone (except for the police and Mark's brother) is lying to Reacher, as they all think that Reacher knows more than he actually does. What develops is that Mark was in possession of a memory stick containing documentation of an incident that occurred decades before and could cause some earth-shaking, and world-changing, embarrassment to a number of people for different reasons.

    Reacher, for his part, is initially compelled to find out why Mark killed herself in front of him. His private investigation leads him from Manhattan to Washington, D.C. and back again, down streets that are on and off the beaten path and into buildings that few if anyone ever notice. Everybody is playing for keeps; when Reacher learns the what, the why and the who behind Mark's suicide, however, the matter becomes intensely personal for him, and he unleashes himself in a manner rarely seen thus far in the series.

    There are some nice touches throughout GONE TOMORROW, brilliant in their simplicity. A loner who is always on the move (though not on the run), Reacher has let technology pass him by. One scenario involves Reacher needing to avoid a spot of trouble by turning off the ringer on a cellular phone, something he does not know how to do. Another displays his unfamiliarity with playing a DVD on a computer, a mildly amusing vignette that sets up a stark contrast for what follows. Whatever Reacher lacks in technological familiarity, however, he more than makes up for in urban knowledge. His apparently encyclopedic knowledge of the city, encompassing information that is useful as well as that which only seems to be trivial, serves him well, especially near the end of the book, when Reacher pulls off a neat trick that had me howling as much from its execution as from its truly brilliant setup. Then there is the ticking clock of the plot, which starts at the beginning and gets louder and louder, even as there is some misdirection as to what the clock actually is, and where.

    The best part of GONE TOMORROW, though, is the mystery behind all that occurs, a puzzle that Reacher slowly and painstakingly unravels while on his way to a climax that is stunning in its violence yet brutally satisfying. Both Reacher and Child are at their best here.

    --- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub

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  • Price too high
    I absolutely LOVE my Kindle 2. I love Jack Reacher. I do not love paying more than the $9.99 price promised for Kindle books. It's not the money, it's the principle. I can read other books until the price drops or the hardcover is available at Barnes and Noble on the marked down shelf for $5.00....more info
  • Too expensive! What happened to Amazon's promise of $9.99 best sellers?
    Would love to buy this book because I love the Reacher novels, but I feel cheated that Amazon sold me on the lower price of best sellers for Kindle, and now they are not living up to this. PLEASE DON'T BUY AN KINDLE BOOKS FOR MORE THAN $9.99 or they will continue to go up....more info
  • such a let down
    I love Lee 'Child., one of our best fiction writers, this one just seems so long, so wordy, way too detailed.. pages discussing weapons, pages and pages discussing the subway system. its almost like a 100 page book turned into a 400 page book.. I really dont like to say anything bad about any author because i cant imagine what thinking and hard work goes in to their books, but i ordered this on Kindle and paid 9.99 and wish i would have skipped it all together. unbelieveably long and boring story plot, really dumb sex scene which lent absolutely nothing to the story and was hard to believe. This book, i would have to say is his worse to date. so please dont decide on his talent with this one, pick up anything else he has written and you will be happy. dont know what he was thinking, but hopefully the next will be better. Lia...more info
  • Jack is Back
    I am giving 5 stars for this book because it is as good as it gets for the character as he has evolved. The earlier novels that explored Jack's past and how he came to be who he is were better books. But Child is through with developing the character, it seems. So I have decided to evaluate him on the basis of the action/intrigue formula. And Child has returned to top form with this entry.

    I won't go on and on regarding the plot. There are many good synopsis reviews here. But this was a great read. It was intriguing, exciting, and satisfying. The villains were very very bad, frighteningly plausible, and yet unique. In response, Reacher rained down enough righteous fury to satisfy the most depressed international news junkie. Lee Child is to be congratulated on creating a book superior to several previous efforts, rather than continuing on an inspiration-drained slide, as has been the fate of other series that started well. The author is still not thrilled with the excesses possible under the Patriot Act, but he does not spare us any details of just how dangerous our enemies are either. Hey, we get all our great plots and action from the guy, Don't begrudge Mr. Child a bit of a bully pulpit - as long as it doesn't become a political diatribe like Born to Lose. He obviously listens to his fans; and that is a smart man.

    Back to his protagonist and our hero, Reacher is a bit superhuman, but we like him that way. Jack has to be 47 at the time of the action in 2008, since he states that he was still at West Point in 1983 (22 maximum plus 25). He gets a lot of "senior" comments from active law enforcement types, but holds up just fine, thank you. However, it was cool to have him being taken a bit down to size (figuratively speaking) by Delta Force veteran Springfield's comments regarding the denouement, despite his obvious prowess. And as for what one reviewer has referred to as the gratuitous roll in the hay, would he be Reacher without reminding you that he is a sexual, if not romantic, guy? I was waiting for it and could actually have used a few more details, thank you. As a female reader, I like my action heroes sexy as well as lethal. For sexless I could just turn to the Terminator. And speaking in that vein, Child makes Reacher larger than life without becoming a cartoon. I kind of dreaded the new Reacher novel after being mired in Despair the last time. But Hope prevailed. Ok that's corney, but pretty hard to resist. At any rate, I can't wait for Number 14. ...more info
  • Much better...
    Much better than the last one. A great read, and much less formulaic than usual. AND Reacher makes mistakes!!!
    Child doesn't, though....more info
  • One voice, over and over
    I'm not going to comment on the story, just on the style, which may or may not be important to you. "Good" authors realize that each character in a novel should have their own voice, meaning they sound distinct, have their own way of speaking, use words and inflections that are relatively unique to them. I really like Child's Jack Reacher, but more so in his earlier works than in his recent stuff. However, Child is Child, and Reacher is Child, and so is everyone else. Here's an example from the hardcover book, pages 141 and 142: In narrative (Reacher's voice): Jake was quiet for a spell. Then Jake says, "For a spell everyone wants to be ..." And soon (Jake again): "But I went through a spell where I..." Then, next page, back to Reacher's narrative: Lee stayed quiet for a spell..." Okay, using "spell" in this sense isn't terribly common. It's distinctive and it is the kind of thing one person might be inclined to do, but here we have Jake (a character) and Reacher both using it, so really it's just Lee Child, intruding. I realize that this is picky and minor, but writers who are aware of the differences in their characters spot this kind of awkwardness and get rid of it. One last thing: book after book, Reacher says (usually thinks), "That's for damn sure." Wow, that gets tiring, novel after novel, even if it is Reacher's voice . . . that's for damn sure....more info
  • Gone Tomorrow
    Like so many others I got taken in by the higher prices of Amazon. I love Lee Child books, but I will not buy this book till the price comes down to $9.99. Why does Amazon have to play these games ? Grow up Amazon and honor your Kindle agreements about $ 9.99 pricing. I love the Kindle, but don't like the game playing with price....more info
  • Better than last book but too much blood and gore

    I've always loved the Jack Reacher novels, so I was glad that this one was more true to form than the last one. It was fast paced and I had trouble putting it down.
    I thought that it was more gory than usual, however. I can recall one other book in the series that included passages that disturbed me, and this book had more than that one. Too much torture and blood for me.
    Also, I agree with the reviewer who said that the sex scene was gratuitous. It seemed like Lee Child finished the book and then realized he forgot the obligatory sex scene, so threw in a couple of uninspired paragraphs....more info
  • Lean, mean, and no mercy
    Shame on you Lee Child for not having pity on us working folks - am dragging as I write from staying up until 3 in the morning - poured through this voraciously flipping pages to see what happens next. The phrase "grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go" as been overused but the clean sparing prose just dragged me in. For those who were complaining about the detail overload or wordiness of Lee Child's last - here yah go - this one is stripped down with almost no warm fuzziness or backstory - you are just dropped into the middle of things.

    It's brutal enough with plenty of twists - there were parts where I was thinking OMG. How is it this guy can write in so much detail about weapons and it works so well, and then give you just enough detail in other parts that your mind fleshes things out? This book reminds me of a favorite ("Persuader") and is pure Reacher, working more alone than I've seen in the other books - when it was over wanted to give the character a great big hug and a good meal. Has one of Child's most disturbing villains yet - this book is like going outside of your nice warm house and getting slapped in the face with a freezing blizzard - so naturally I will be re-reading it this weekend.

    Personally I would have liked more snarky moments and hated to see the character working so much alone, but again this one is stripped down and hard. One cheery thing is that Child is working on the next Reacher novel, according to the back plate - for me it will be a LONG wait. ...more info
  • With my personal guarantee
    Some readers were disappointed by Nothing to Lose. They have my personal guarantee that they will not be disappointed by Gone Tomorrow. Jack Reacher is back and he's back with a vengeance. Literally. The story opens with Reacher on a northbound NYC subway car, one built in Japan, to specifications which he discusses in detail. Why? Because Jack is a curious man and so are the readers who overhear him telling his stories. He also details the specifications because they will come back to play a role in the story several hundred pages later. On that car, in the middle of the night, a woman who appears to be a potential suicide bomber does something else instead. Her action haunts Jack and he does not rest until he knows the reasons for her actions and exacts vengeance on those who have caused those actions.

    Except for some brief moments in Washington, Gone Tomorrow is set in Manhattan, a city that both Jack Reacher and his creator know very well. The wide cast of characters includes members of the NYPD, the FBI, miscellaneous defense/homeland security types, some private security forces and some uber-baddies from Turkmenistan. The plot involves actions from the early 1980's and actions from today's headlines. The plot is as tight (to adapt one of the novel's similes) as the endpoint of the alimentary canal of a piscine creature. There is a bit of sex and a great deal of violence (strong but not pornographic).

    The novel is replete with information, as Child taps into the wellsprings of the techno-thriller. There is also a great deal of ratiocinative mystery: how can you find someone in NYC in the middle of the night? How can you deduce the likely behavior of an individual from the scant remaining facts at your disposal? What are the best moves to employ against two individuals coming at you with brass knuckles? Why do you need a glove to operate a certain form of automatic weapon? How do the government's security-system computers operate?

    This is Lee Child at his best: jackhammer suspense, pages flipping at light speed and Jack Reacher in full-tilt sarcastic mode, with a small army of baddies deserving of the business end of his best skills. Only one bit of advice: begin it when you have the time to finish it, because that is exactly what you will want to do. This is primo stuff; don't miss it....more info
  • "The game has changed."
    Jack Reacher is in the Big Apple in Lee Child's "Gone Tomorrow." He is just passing through, minding his own business, but as usual, trouble follows Reacher wherever he goes. This time, he is heading uptown on the number six train at two o'clock in the morning when he spots a woman who is displaying many of the behavioral indicators of a suicide bomber. Reacher approaches her and tries to talk her down, but he unwittingly ends up making a bad situation worse. This incident will have wide-ranging ramifications and will eventually involve an ambitious member of Congress, the New York City Police Department, the FBI, and the Department of Defense. Our hero, naturally, becomes a target, and he will need to make good use of his superior brainpower and awesome fighting ability to outsmart and overpower those who want him dead.

    Child, who is British, long ago earned a cult following. His books are now a must read for those who enjoy escapist action-adventure novels. Reacher is the prototype of the taciturn loner who cares little about material possessions, but like a lawman in the old West, travels from town to town to clean up the messes created by more fallible human beings. Jack is sharp and observant; he scrutinizes people's dress, body language, and speech for subtle clues that less alert people often miss. Although he is no longer a youngster, Reacher can still handle a weapon with ease and more than holds his own in hand-to-hand combat.

    The plot of "Gone Tomorrow" involves a pair of bloodthirsty villains who enter the United States under false pretenses. Jack finds himself in their crosshairs; at the same time, he is caught in the middle of nasty turf wars between competing law enforcement agencies. Although he could have walked away from this mess, Reacher decides to get involved for reasons of his own, and the result is a grueling and bruising encounter with some extremely malicious adversaries. This is a fast-paced and entertaining novel with intriguing tidbits about renting a hotel room on the cheap, various ways to elude your pursuers in subway tunnels, and how duct tape to save your life. Child has fun leading us and his protagonist down the garden path with a host of red herrings and false information. This book has its share of violent confrontations, a dollop of romance, and enough excitement to keep Child's fans eagerly turning pages, wondering how their favorite macho man will get himself out of yet another impossible situation.
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  • super
    On a nearly vacant Manhattan subway train, former MP Jack Reacher notices the female passenger acting odd. She shows all the nervous signs of a suicide bomber as proscribed by the Israeli military, an occupation by definition always means first timer. The Israreli list of signs contains eleven points in common between the genders; this woman has all of them as the local train heads from Bleeker St. with stops in between towards Grand Central. Absurd as he thinks it is, Reacher follows his gut and calmly confronts her. In her bag is not wires, but a gun she pulls out and points at him before turning it on herself blowing away her head.

    NYPD Detective Theresa Lee questions Reacher especially about the Israeli list that led to the "false positive" suicide. Detective Docherty offers a different scenario accusing Reacher of homicide, but the vet calls the cop dumb insisting they are stalling until the Feds arrive. When the FBI does they question Reacher before walking away. Leaving the precinct, he is accosted by four men wanting information and after that by the victim's brother, who insists his sister would not kill herself. Before long Jack finds himself pulled in two directions; one back to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the other into the heart of the global war on terrorism; neither make sense, but Jack knows his mission is to kill the bad guys before they cause harm.

    The opening sequence as poorly described above is brilliant as Reacher is pulled into an international mess one step at a time. The story line gets even better as the tension mounts as Reacher finds himself caught in the middle. Fans of the series will believe GONE TOMORROW is one of the best entries (that says a lot with the consistency of this series) while newcomers could not ask for a better introduction to the world of the nomadic former MP.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Another Reacher razzler-dazzler
    A Lone Ranger for the 21st Century, former MP Jack Reacher's 13th one-man pursuit of justice opens with him on the New York subway at 2 a.m. eyeing a woman who hits every bullet on the suicide bomber checklist.

    But what the woman is carrying is not a bomb. It's a handgun and she blows her own head off when Reacher confronts her.

    " `I think you tipped her over the edge,' " says Theresa Lee, the cop who conducts the investigation afterwards. Lee apologizes for the remark but it sticks with him as several sets of other investigators - shady and official - prod him for information and he discovers that the dead woman worked in an innocuous government job.

    Everyone involved - from the FBI on down - seems to fob Reacher off with falsehoods and spin and nothing quite spur's Reacher's need to know like a lie. As he digs he turns up connections that go deep into a Senate candidate's distinguished and secretive military career, an Afghani widow's tragic story, and her beautiful daughter's quest for justice.

    If flattery won't get him, then bullets will seems to be the mantra of the various human obstacles in Reacher's path as he doggedly, dazzlingly works out complex, top-secret plots and histories and then patiently, cleverly goes up against overwhelming odds, with little more than Theresa Lee as a hamstrung aide.

    A snappy, cunning, diabolical plot master with an engaging stand-up individualist as a hero, Child has given us another top-notch, page-turning winner of a thriller. ...more info
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    DO Not PreOrder Kindle Books unless you want it badly enough to pay the price listed prior to Kindle publication. I've learned this the hard way. Wait until they hit the NYTimes Bestsellers List. Then the price drops to 9.99. And after a month or two on the list, it sometimes drops again. ...more info
  • "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains"
    "And the women are comin' to cut up your remains..."

    Many have quoted Kipling's ghoulish warning to armies who dared to trespass Afghanistan's hostile terrain, but few have spun a more riveting tale around this admonishment, and none have so cleverly tied decades of war in Afghanistan to an early morning Manhattan subway car.

    Make no mistake about it, after last year's dismal "Nothing to Lose", Lee Child - and Jack Reacher - are back in figurative and literal full force. Child is the master at hooking the reader on the first page - the first sentence - and this one's "Suicide bombers are easy to spot" opening unleashes classic Reacher fare: lean, unadorned dialog, intelligent and fact-chocked plotting, and unbridled mayhem. And unlike "Nothing to Lose", one must believe that Child got the message, and left "Gone Tomorrow" mercifully apolitical. Reacher is back as pop thriller fiction's most interesting character, the iconoclastic drifter with Sherlock Holme's unassailable logic and King Kong's brawn. Child seasons his drama with detail bordering on minutia that would be tedium if tried by a less talented author, but Child, with factoids as obscure as the origin of "hello" to the derivation of nine-millimeter Parabellum rounds, hones the tension and sharpens the action with his delicious trivia. The action never slows as Reacher tracks down the mystery of the fateful 2AM subway ride, unraveling mystery and deceit in a Byzantine maze of war and strategy and terrorism and counter-terrorism that spans decades and continents. In the process, Child creates a pair of the most unusual and unexpectedly diabolical and terrifying villains that pop fiction has seen in a very long time - if ever. In short, an escapist thrill-fest that carries enough credibility and interest in the ever-twisting story to make you think, "Hmm, I wonder if it could really have happened like that?"

    So thanks, Lee, and welcome back! You've knocked it out of the park. This is definitely one of the best Reachers ever - do not miss it!
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