Die Trying by Lee Child

Lee Child's award-winning thrillers feature ex-military policeman Jack Reacher taking on the bad guys of the world when the law no longer can.

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Die Trying by Lee Child


  • Mass Market Paperback: 434 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.21 x 6.88 x 4.20
  • Publisher: Penguin USA (Paper); Reprint edition (May 1999)
  • ISBN: 0515125024

    Television writer Lee Child's otherwise riveting first thriller,
    Killing Floor, was criticized by some reviewers because of an unconvincing coincidence at its center. Child addresses that problem in his second book--and thumbs his nose at those reviewers--by having his hero, ex-military policeman Jack Reacher, just happen to be walking by a Chicago dry cleaner when an attractive young FBI agent named Holly Johnson comes out carrying nine expensive outfits and a crutch to support her soccer-injured knee. As Holly stumbles, Reacher grabs her and her garments--which gets him kidnapped along with her by a trio of very determined badguys. "He had no problem with how he had gotten grabbed up in the first place," Child writes. "Just a freak of chance had put him alongside Holly Johnson at the exact time the snatch was going down. He was comfortable with that. He understood freak chances. Life was built out of freak chances, however much people would like to pretend otherwise." Lucky for Holly--whose father just happens to be an Army general and current head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thus making her a tempting target for a bunch of Montana-based extremists--Reacher still has all the skills and strengths associated with his former occupation. And Child still knows how to write scenes of violent action better than virtually anyone else around. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    Book Description
    Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher returns in a gutsy novel of heart- stopping action...

    When a mysterious woman is kidnapped by a politically motivated fringe group and taken to their compound, Jack Reacher must help her escape with her life--from the inside out...

    "Tough, elegant and thoughtful."--Robert B. Parker

    "Opens with a bang."-- Chicago Tribune

    "Engrossing." --Rocky Mountain News

    "Riveting...paced with taut, evocative prose." --Greg Iles, author of Mortal Fear

    Lee Child is "a suspense writer to be reckoned with." (Chicago Tribune)

    "Sensational."--Tom Savage, author of The Inheritance

    Reader Reviews
    Excellent, October 28, 2003 Reviewer: apoem from Bosque Farms, NM USA The tension starts right from the first page. Jack Reacher is kidnapped at gun point with a young woman who is with the FBI. Just to make matters worse, the woman has been injured previously and can't walk without a cane and can't run and she is important politically as well. Jack Reacher manages to bring down a militia organization that wants to go to war with the united states and kill women and children to prove a point. He manages to stop the bombing and save the girl. It's an excellent book in the traditional Lee Child way. The tension is tight and the fast. Jack Reacher is a person who is realistic and so are the other characters in the book. Enjoy.

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