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A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17 | [Lee Child]

A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.
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Publisher's Summary

Reacher is back! A Wanted Man is a new masterpiece of suspense - from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lee Child.

Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. One man driving, eyes on the road. Another man next to him, telling stories that don’t add up. A woman in the back, silent and worried. And next to her, a huge man with a broken nose, hitching a ride east to Virginia.

An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there.

All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride. He has tied himself to a massive conspiracy that makes him a threat - to both sides at once.

In Lee Child’s white-hot thriller, nothing is what it seems, and nobody is telling the truth. As the tension rises, the twists come fast and furious, keeping readers guessing and gasping until the explosive finale.

©2012 Lee Child (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Jack Reacher is much more like the heir to the Op and Marlowe than Spenser ever was." (Esquire)

"Indisputably the best escape artist in this escapist genre." (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times)

"Lee Child [is] the current poster-boy of American crime fiction." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Michael 09-12-12
    Michael 09-12-12
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    "I am a Reacher creature."
    What did you love best about A Wanted Man?

    The story arc over the last 2 books. Plus the Byzantine plot was pure lee child. He is the best!!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Child's plots are always skin tight. Killing floor started me off and I have every book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The setup to the basic story line. Very believable. Very suspenseful. Great dialogue.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Reacher creatures never cry. Jeez; have you read any of his books?


    Any additional comments?

    I will NOT go see that little squirt Tom Cruise play Jack Reacher this winter when the film of One Shot comes out. They couldn't have cast a more unbelievable person to play Jack this side of Pee Wee Herman!

    43 of 54 people found this review helpful
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    Dataman 09-11-12
    Dataman 09-11-12

    But it’s a Kosher frog!

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    "Larger than Life, Reacher Comes Through Again!"

    Your mother told you not to hitchhike and she was correct. But then YOU are not Jack Reacher the 6’ 5”, 250 lb ex-military cop. This book is classic Reacher. For the Reacher fans, you have probably already downloaded Book 17. If you are new to the series, it would be best to click on “View Series” and start at the beginning although that is not at all necessary to get the full enjoyment of “Wanted Man”. Dick Hill does his usual outstanding job as reader. So unpack your toothbrush and settle in to another Lee Child masterpiece. If this review was helpful, please let me know.

    63 of 81 people found this review helpful
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    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 04-24-13
    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2008

    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    "Playing Limbo with the Bar"

    I is 'difficult' to keep such a compelling premise going. Might say 'impossible' if this dog is an indication. Based on the cut and dried character we know has Reacher, this series started to wane after a half dozen titles or so. Vital signs surged occasionally in the intervening issues, but this attempt at resuscitation failed badly. Many of the above reviews have touched on the tedious plot, the weak characters and missing "Reacherisms", but A Wanted Man certainly left me wanting, in a big way. With a 'bar' so impossibly high, this lemon went subterranean.

    Like most Reacher addicts, I gobbled it down moments after release. Now, months later, I cannot tell you much if anything about this vacuum-packed embarrassment. Try as I may, I cannot recall reading the thing, let alone enjoying it. If this was Child's premiere episode in the legend that hoped to be "Reacher", Lee Child would be back writing TV scripts instead of owning homes on many of the world's rivieras.

    Instead of struggling not to be repetitive (of others) in my critique, I will hitch my wagon on the literary hearse that is hauling this cadaver to its final resting place. Child has had quite a run, but we should have known that he'd left the track when he authorized Tom "Scientology-bot" Cruise to play the lead in the movie. A little like Wally Cox as Spenser for Hire. More than a simple 'omen'. The worst sort of arrogance delivered like a slap in the face.

    I propose a boycott until we get Reached back in long pants surrounded by a story with some quality and muscle.

    Congodog

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Chicago, IL 12-09-12
    Michael Chicago, IL 12-09-12

    A lover of thrillers and enthralling stories told by dramatic and well read narrators.

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    "Another winner from Child & Hill"

    If you're already a fan of the Jack Reacher series, a lot of the same elements are here-- a stranger wandering along the road comes into a nefarious situation that he works with a colleague (usually a female), to try and find out who's behind the situation. This one uses the formula well, and Mr. Hill does another great job as narrator of the series. He's one of my favorites. I recommend whole heartedly!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    E Snellville, GA, United States 09-24-12
    E Snellville, GA, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Did Lee Child really write this one?"

    I too am a Lee Child/Reacher fan, but this one is way off the mark. Entirely too much detail that adds no value to the story line. No one wants to hear about every blade of grass in a 10-mile drive, or spend 20 minutes listening to the description of a key with scratches on the end of it, or why those scratches might be there. I was constantly rewinding because the story is hard to follow amid the humdrum. This entire book could easily be consolidated into a two-hour short story. Avoid this one and hope the next work is better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 09-17-12
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2010

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

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    "Not Jack at his best"

    My usual guilty pleasure was just a little ordinary this time.

    I waited so long and wanted so much for this latest installment, maybe too much?

    Maybe anything following "Worth Dying For" was going to be a let down. Don't get me wrong, it was decent if a little slow to simmer. It just wasn't as full of Reacher's usual take charge, action packed personality.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 09-13-12
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 09-13-12

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Another Reacher winner"

    Some Jack Reacher novels are slow, some really rock and all of them entertain. "A Wanted Man" is a solid well plotted but sparely dialogued story arc typical of the series----yes Reacher is still trying to get to Virginia to meet the woman on the phone from several books ago.

    Reacher gets himself into the most bazzar situations sometimes and this novel is nothing new in that. What is new is the two strong women protagonists that Lee Child has written into the story. I really liked them, though we learn very little about them. As with most Reacher novels, Reacher himself is the only person who is well developed as a character. Everyone else is secondary to him-even women FBI agents...and I wish they had been a bit more fleshed out. But-this is a Jack Reacher novel and as of yet, with the exception of Gruber way back in the series, the only character we know a lot about is Jack Reacher.

    Dick Hill does his typical poor job of women's voices-I've come to expect and accept that he just can't act a believable woman's voice..oh well. There isn't as much He Said, He Said. He Said. in this novel..could be Child has read reviews and added a bit more to the usual tedious dialog writing he typically used in the past..it works in a paper book but not in an audio book.

    If you're new to Recher, start with some of the earlier ones-or start with 61 Hours which is a great backstory to Recher. They don't have to be read in order, but it helps.

    Well worth my credit!

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Doniphan, MO, United States 09-14-12
    Janet Doniphan, MO, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2011

    metoopaso

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    "Ruined by narration"
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    yes


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have the narrator speak in a normal voice.


    How could the performance have been better?

    same answer as above


    Do you think A Wanted Man needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The narration bothered me so much that I couldn't get into the story so I don't have an opinion about a sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    Whoever made the decision to have Dick Hill read like he had adnoid problems made a huge mistake in my opinion. I couldn't even understand much of what he said and it made Reacher sound like he was mentally challenged. I did NOT enjoy this book at all and I have liked all of the other Reacher books. I also have enjoyed other narrations by Dick Hill. Very DISAPPOINTED!

    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    tony yucaipa, California, United States 09-11-12
    tony yucaipa, California, United States 09-11-12
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    "great.."
    What disappointed you about A Wanted Man?

    nothing


    Has A Wanted Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    HE IS PERFECT,,I'M A GREAT FAN


    What character would you cut from A Wanted Man?

    I THOUGHT THE STORY WAS VERY GOOD, I WOULD NOT CHANGE ANYTHING


    Any additional comments?

    LEE KEEPS GETTING BETTER,,,,,DICK HILL IS AN EXCELENT CHOICE VOICE FOR REACHER

    21 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Shadowmarten 06-29-13
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    "Definitely not up to Lee Child standard"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Plot was too far fetched. The best part of the book was a substantial decline in the use of "he/she/it said nothing," that had crept into his novels. However this improvement is offset by Reacher the sudden mathematician (which appeared in one of the earlier books).


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    I have enjoyed most of the Reacher books, so I would definitely read another, but his earlier books are generally better.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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