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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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    Dennis Salem, OR, United States 11-30-12
    Dennis Salem, OR, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Jack Reacher is an impelling character."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Wanted Man to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the book. The audio let you know about his nose. Reading the book you would miss some of those details.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Reacher. Always the best.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Approaching the hidden building.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Another thriller by Jack Reacher.


    Any additional comments?

    Tom Cruise should not be Jack. He is too short, and does not fit the image I have of Jack.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Dingle 11-30-12
    J. Dingle 11-30-12
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    "Good listen"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    love the narrator voice and inflection...worth listening...Reacher is tops


    If you’ve listened to books by Lee Child before, how does this one compare?

    average Lee Child...a bit out there at times, but entertaining


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the car ride where Reacher is using eye blinks to communicate and his time with Sorrenson


    Could you see A Wanted Man being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Russel Crow, julliette Moore


    Any additional comments?

    great narration, story is a bit out there at times, but engaging

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 11-14-12
    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2014

    Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.

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    "Book after book in this series gets better"

    I have read or listened to every single book in this series. Once again, Lee Child continues the story of Jack Reacher. I love these books. Certainly, if you've been reading any of the previous 16 books about Reacher (I can't believe there have been that many), you'll love this one, too.

    I heard that Tom Cruise is playing Jack Reacher in an upcoming movie. Ridiculous. I have my image of Jack Reacher and he sure as he__ isn't anything like Cruise.

    And what can you say about Dick Hill - he is the voice of these books. If he ever stops narrating them, I'll go back to the printed page, but if he narrates, I prefer him reading/telling/being the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 09-28-12
    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A Deductive Reacher"

    Few authors can hook you quicker than Lee Child, the opening scene usually has Reacher observing something that's not quite right, something with huge implications. Then Reacher uses his powers of observation to solve the mystery as the story unfolds. While there are a couple of big action scenes, and some surprises, this book is more about the mystery and the characters, and it kept me listening intently all the way through. I enjoyed this one a lot more than the last one "The Affair".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Park Ridge, NJ, United States 09-26-12
    Joy Park Ridge, NJ, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyed this. First Reacher novel for me."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Wanted Man to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    What did you like best about this story?

    The end, which was more exciting than the rest of the novel.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    At times.


    Any additional comments?

    Want to know if, when, and how Reacher gets his nose fixed. Don't envy the narrator to sound like that throughout the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zach San Antonio, Tx, United States 09-25-12
    Zach San Antonio, Tx, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Child's Best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Wanted Man to be better than the print version?

    Audio for me is better since being blind print books are worthless.


    Would you recommend A Wanted Man to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it for those who already enjoy Child's work, but not as a first time Child reading selection.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is quite good, and I greatly enjoy listening to him.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series, but sadly Wanted just didn't have the same riveting plot I've come to expect from the author. It just seemed like he was putting out another novel, instead of really putting his all into it like prior books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Marion, AR, United States 09-24-12
    Linda Marion, AR, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointed by this reacher novel"

    For Reacher fans, you can read the Abridged version and get all you need from this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Speck Connecticut 09-24-12
    G. Speck Connecticut 09-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Wanted, New PLOTS"
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    Dick Hill does a good job, but gets bogged down when there are more than two women that he has to narrate. I would be more selective on my purchases from Lee Child.


    Would you recommend A Wanted Man to your friends? Why or why not?

    The books has some good moments, but Reacher needs to mature a little. He can not keep on without developing new interests, and on occasion staying in one place for more than a week. It gets too repetitive.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was good.


    Was A Wanted Man worth the listening time?

    This is a 3 star book, not the 4 that I have seen. I guess I have become jus too familiar with the plot lines from his previous books.


    Any additional comments?

    Jack Reach is an interesting character but seems to have stagnated. We need more development and some different situations. Time to buy some toothpaste and get a breath of fresh air.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 09-24-12
    Deborah 09-24-12
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    "Very Good"

    Lee Child redeemed himself with this book (I did not like "The Affair"). I finished this book yesterday. I can tell you I will listen to it again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 09-23-12
    Jane 09-23-12
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    "Don't bother"
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    Maybve


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    Maybe


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great character development


    Did A Wanted Man inspire you to do anything?

    Quit listening as words were just added to make the book of greater length.Was he getting paid by the the word? Loved the character - hated the boring repeating of known facts. I have read MANY other Reacher books but I wish I had not bought this book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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