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Publisher's Summary

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Lee Child follows the electrifying 61 Hours with his latest Reacher thriller—a story that hits the ground running and then accelerates all the way to a colossal showdown.

There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls afoul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go.

The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment that’s already late - and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy. 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 keep on going, to put some distance between himself and the hard-core trouble that’s bearing down on him.

For Reacher, that was also impossible.

Worth Dying For is the kind of explosive novel only Lee Child could write and only Jack Reacher could survive - a heart-racing, no-pause thriller no suspense fan will want to miss.

Take another thrill ride with Jack Reacher.
©2010 Lee Child (P)2010 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Child is a superb craftsman of suspense.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“The truth about Reacher gets better and better.” (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)
“Implausible, irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Great Narrator, Bad Story

I am a HUGE Jack Reacher fan and wait anxiously for every one of his books, but this one is just plain bad. The essence of Reacher is that he is a good guy that gets into trouble... This novel portrays him as a bad guy that does bad things. Definetly his WORST book ever.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I like Jack Reacher novels but unfortunately this one had what I consider to be a weak and very unrealistic and unbelievable storyline. The writing was a bit too stretched out and downright slow in places. I'm not giving up on Lee Child just yet but one more like this one will lose me.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lee
  • Shamrock, TX, United States
  • 10-29-10


if you get past the mass amounts of gratuitis violence, the lack of any coherent plot and the lack of believeability of the characters thats leaves about 3 pages that were well written

14 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Todd
  • Glenview, IL, United States
  • 10-26-10

Back to the Reacher we know and love.

Worth Dying For is back to the blue print that Lee started with, Kick Ass and Take Names Later. All Reacher books have been great this book goes back to how Reacher started. Non-stop action from a guy who is doing the right thing for society in his very own unique fastion. Mister Child has written another great book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Dan
  • Churchville, MD, United States
  • 10-26-10

Another good one from Child

After discovering the Reacher series last year, and listening to them all in order, I have to say this one did not disappoint. The follow-on to 61 Hours angle is pretty weak, but even as a stand-alone book, Worth Dying For was worth the wait. I can;t wait for the next book in Fall 2011.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • Huntsville, TX, United States
  • 10-23-10

What happened?

I have listened to all the Reacher novels and have rated them all four or five stars. This one was my least favorite. Too much description of vehicle lights at night and truck details. It seems like Lee Child is becoming more obsessive compulsive in his writing. The plot and characters were below his usual standards. I am a fan of Dick Hill as in Child's and Greg Iles' books.

This was not a good week. I purchased this book, Michael Connelly's "Reversal", and Vince Flynn's " American Assassin". Among my favorite authors; only Flynn was worth the money.(I traveled a lot this week-so I do appreciate Audible's offerrings-have over 300 books in my audible library)

19 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • brian
  • Austin, Tx
  • 11-07-10

Lots of false reviewers here

I'm a huge Lee Child fan and the Reacher books are my favorite but this one was just terrible. I had the hardest time getting into this. I'm usually done in 2 days. I'm afraid Child has fell into the John Grisham trap of publishing a book just to please the publishers. I actually had to come back and see if there was an error in my download and maybe I started in the middle or something. This was the weirdest listen in awhile. Please Mr Child, even if it takes a couple years, do some research and don't let this series die a slow death.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Peggy
  • Dammeron Valley, UT, United States
  • 10-23-10

Nope, not this time

Usually I enjoy the adventures of Jack Reacher but this one, well, is boring. I, personally, don't need to be informed of all the tiny details of how a truck, that is trying to run you over, sounds and smells. Way too many unnecessary words. Plot felt thin as well. The narrator does great male dialog but his rendition of women's voices just drives me crazy. May have to add him to my list of narrators that I just can't listen to.

14 of 20 people found this review helpful

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good book

good book, very similar to his others though. the story line was not quite a believable either.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Indiana United States
  • 06-16-15

Good book

So much time is invested in making the reader dislike the bad guys... Which is awesome. But their demise happens to quick! Is it bad I wish for more anguishing outcomes for the baddies? :)

I enjoyed the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful