#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Lee Child returns with a gripping new powerhouse thriller featuring Jack Reacher, “one of this century’s most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes” (The Washington Post).
BONUS: Includes a sneak peek of Lee Child’s new novel, Past Tense.
Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?
So begins a harrowing journey that takes Reacher through the upper Midwest, from a lowlife bar on the sad side of small town to a dirt-blown crossroads in the middle of nowhere, encountering bikers, cops, crooks, muscle, and a missing persons PI who wears a suit and a tie in the Wyoming wilderness.
The deeper Reacher digs, and the more he learns, the more dangerous the terrain becomes. Turns out the ring was just a small link in a far darker chain. Powerful forces are guarding a vast criminal enterprise. Some lines should never be crossed. But then, neither should Reacher.
Praise for The Midnight Line
“Puts Reacher just where we want him.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A gem.”—Chicago Tribune
“A timely, suspenseful, morally complex thriller, one of the best I’ve read this year . . . Child weaves in a passionately told history of opioids in American life. . . . Child’s outrage over it is only just barely contained.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A perfect example of Lee Child’s talent . . . Lee Child is the master of plotting. . . . This is Child’s most emotional book to date. . . . This is not just a good story; it is a story with a purpose and a message.”—Huffington Post
“I just read the new Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. . . . It is as good as they always are. I read every single one.”—Malcolm Gladwell
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
"Sometimes you woke up, and you knew for sure … that the brand new day would bring nothing good at all.” From the desolate wilds of Wyoming to a criminal empire run out of a laundromat in Rapid City, Iowa, The Midnight Line digs deep into the dark underbelly of America’s heartland. Lee Child’s slow-burn thriller not only challenges Jack Reacher’s deductive skills, but also tests his stubborn code of honor as he tracks down a traumatized Afghan War vet. What follows is a mystery that confronts the insidious impact of America’s opioid epidemic. And one that may surprise fans of Child's blockbuster hero with its weary sense of melancholy.
In Child's above-average 22nd Jack Reacher novel, the peripatetic soldier of fortune spies a woman's West Point ring in a pawn shop in Wisconsin and decides to return it to its original owner. His mission is interrupted by confrontations with a smug drug-peddling mob boss, tough-talking but glass-jawed homicidal bikers, and a couple of steely-eyed hit men. Assisting Reacher are the ring owner's worried sister, a tough private eye, and an ambitious policewoman. Keeping the same mildly cynical tone and unflagging pace he has used in previous series entries, reader Hill smoothly covers the moods of his heroes, from hard-boiled protagonist to sharp-witted investigator to empathic observer. He's equally effective in providing the mobster an arrogant tone; slimy, rural, bullying accents for the bikers; the policewoman's edgy air of anger and frustration; and a fearful, \nanxious flutter to the sister's voice. He also assists Child with a sincerity that adds gravitas to the novel's discussions of the opioid crisis. Child's audiobook fans will not want to miss this one. A Delacorte hardcover. \n
The Midnight Line
The book gripped me from start to finish. I was particularly held by the sensitive exploring of and feel for the horror for a woman of having one's face destroyed in battle. Reacher's insights in situations of crisis are brilliant, whether how to fight hand-to-hand or how to handle people in non-violent moments.
Jack Reacher as Tom Cruise
Save your money. This one was phoned in. Unexciting and unimaginative.
Boring, meandering, tedious...
Hard to keep going... 80% filler with a bunch of aimless wandering around... dialed this one in...