Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the new blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise.
From Hope to Despair.
Between two small towns in Colorado, nothing but twelve miles of empty road. All Jack Reacher wants is a cup of coffee.What he gets are four redneck deputies, a vagrancy charge and a trip back to the line.
But Reacher is a big man, and he's in shape.
No job, no address, no baggage. Nothing, except bloody-minded curiosity.
What are the secrets the locals seem so determined to hide?
At the start of bestseller Child's solid 12th Jack Reacher novel (after Bad Luck and Trouble), the ex-military policeman hitchhikes into Colorado, where he finds himself crossing the metaphorical and physical line that divides the small towns of Hope and Despair. Despair lives up to its name; all Reacher wants is a cup of coffee, but what he gets is attacked by four thugs and thrown in jail on a vagrancy charge. After he's kicked out of town, Reacher reacts in his usual manner he goes back and whips everybody's butt and busts up the town's police force. In the process, he discovers, with the help of a good-looking lady cop from Hope, that a nearby metal processing plant is part of a plan that involves the war in Iraq and an apocalyptic sect bent on ushering in the end-time. With his powerful sense of justice, dogged determination and the physical and mental skills to overcome what to most would be overwhelming odds, Jack Reacher makes an irresistible modern knight-errant.