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Worth Dying For

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Worth Dying For

Jack Reacher Series, Book 15
by Lee Child
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Compulsively readable."—The Wall Street Journal

"Don't pick up [this] Jack Reacher novel if you don't have some time on your hands, because Worth Dying For is difficult to put down. . . . Child manages to get an amazing amount of suspense into the novel."—Associated Press

There's deadly trouble in the corn county 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, decades-old case of a missing child that Reacher can't let go.

The Duncans want Reacher gone—and it's not just past secrets they're trying to hide. 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 put some distance between himself and the hard-core trouble that's bearing down on him. For Reacher, that was also impossible.
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lee Child's The Affair.

"A model of suspenseful storytelling and an outstanding addition to a series that stands in the front rank of modern thrillers."—The Washington Post

"Still the thinking man's action hero, supreme butt-kicker and smartest guy in the room."—The Seattle Times

"This series is about as good as pop fiction gets."—The Miami Herald
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Compulsively readable."—The Wall Street Journal

"Don't pick up [this] Jack Reacher novel if you don't have some time on your hands, because Worth Dying For is difficult to put down. . . . Child manages to get an amazing amount of suspense into the novel."—Associated Press

There's deadly trouble in the corn county 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, decades-old case of a missing child that Reacher can't let go.

The Duncans want Reacher gone—and it's not just past secrets they're trying to hide. 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 put some distance between himself and the hard-core trouble that's bearing down on him. For Reacher, that was also impossible.
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lee Child's The Affair.

"A model of suspenseful storytelling and an outstanding addition to a series that stands in the front rank of modern thrillers."—The Washington Post

"Still the thinking man's action hero, supreme butt-kicker and smartest guy in the room."—The Seattle Times

"This series is about as good as pop fiction gets."—The Miami Herald
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  • Chapter NINE

    Reacher checked the window. There were four tires in total, big knobbly off-road things, all of them on a Ford pick-up truck. The truck had a jacked suspension and lights on a roof bar and a snorkel air intake and a winch on the front. There were two large shapes in the gloom inside. The shapes had thick necks and huge shoulders. The truck nosed slowly down the row of cabins and stopped twenty feet behind the parked Subaru. The headlights stayed on. The engine idled. The doors opened. Two guys climbed out.

    They both looked like Brett, only bigger. Late twenties, easily six-six or six-seven, probably close to three hundred pounds each, big waists made tiny by huge chests and arms and shoulders. They had cropped hair and small eyes and fleshy faces. They were the kind of guys who ate two dinners and were still hungry afterward. They were wearing red Cornhuskers football jackets made gray by the blue light from the cabin's eaves.

    The doctor's wife joined Reacher at the window.

    "Sweet Jesus," she said.

    Reacher said nothing.

    The two guys closed the truck's doors and stepped back in unison to the load bed and unlatched a tool locker bolted across its width behind the cab. They lifted the lid and one took out an engineer's ball-peen hammer and the other took out a two-headed wrench at least a foot and a half long. They left the lid open and walked forward into the truck's headlight wash and their shadows jumped ahead of them. They were light on their feet and nimble for their size, like football players usually were. They paused for a moment and looked at the cabin's door, and then they turned away.

    Toward the Subaru.

    They attacked it in a violent frenzy, an absolute blitzkrieg, two or three minutes of uncontrolled smashing and pounding. The noise was deafening. They smashed every shard of glass out of the windshield, they smashed the side windows, the back window, the headlights, the tail lights. They hammered jagged dents into the hood, into the doors, into the roof, into the fenders, into the tailgate. They put their arms through the absent glass and smashed up the dials and the switches and the radio.

    Shit, Reacher thought. There goes my ride.

    US"My husband's punishment," the doctor's wife whispered. "Worse this time."

    The two guys stopped as suddenly as they had started. They stood there, one each side of the wrecked wagon, and they breathed hard and rolled their shoulders and let their weapons hang down by their sides. Pebbles of broken automotive glass glittered in the neon and the boom and clang of battered sheet metal echoed away to absolute silence.

    Reacher took off his coat and dumped it on the bed.

    The two guys formed up shoulder to shoulder and headed for the cabin's door. Reacher opened it up and stepped out to meet them head on. Win or lose, fighting inside would bust up the room, and Vincent the motel owner had enough problems already.

    The two guys stopped ten feet away and stood there, side by side, symmetrical, their weapons in their outside hands, four cubic yards of bone and muscle, six hundred pounds of beef, all flushed and sweating in the chill.

    Reacher said, "Pop quiz, guys. You spent four years in college learning how to play a game. I spent thirteen years in the army learning how to kill people. So how scared am I?"

    No answer.

    "And you were so bad at it you couldn't even get drafted afterward. I was so good at it I got all kinds of medals and promotions. So how scared are you?"

    "Not very," said the guy with the wrench.

    Wrong answer. But understandable. Being a good enough guard or tackle in high...

About the Author-
  • Lee Child is the author of nineteen New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, ten of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures; the first, Jack Reacher, was based on One Shot. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in almost a hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 6, 2010
    In Child's exciting 15th thriller featuring one-man army Jack Reacher (after 61 Hours), Reacher happens into a situation tailor-made for his blend of morality and against-the-odds heroics. While passing through an isolated Nebraska town, the ex-military cop persuades the alcoholic local doctor to treat Eleanor Duncan, who's married to the abusive Seth, for a "nosebleed." Reacher later breaking Seth's nose prompts members of the Duncan clan, who are involved in an illegal trafficking scheme, to seek revenge. Reacher, who easily disposes of two hit men sent to get him, winds up trying to solve a decades-old case concerning a missing eight-year-old girl. While Child convincingly depicts his hero's superhuman abilities, he throws in a few lucky breaks to enable the outnumbered Reacher to survive. Crisp, efficient prose and well-rounded characterizations (at least of the guys in the white hats) raise this beyond other attempts to translate the pulse-pounding feel of the Die Hard films into prose.

  • Entertainment Weekly "Child is a superb craftsman of suspense."
  • Janet Maslin, The New York Times "The truth about Reacher gets better and better."
  • Kirkus Reviews "Implausible, irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit."
  • Associated Press "Like his hero Jack Reacher, Lee Child seems to make no wrong steps."
  • Los Angeles Times "Lee Child [is] the current poster-boy of American crime fiction."
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