Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel

By Lee Child
Read by Scott Brick

The Jack Reacher Novels: Book 23

12.86 Hours 11/05/2018 unabridged
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Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, “a superb craftsman of suspense” (Entertainment Weekly). Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What’s one extra day? He takes the detour. At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they’re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. It’s a strange place, but it’s all there is. The next morning, in the city clerk’s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He’s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place? As Reacher explores his father’s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly. “Superb . . . [Lee] Child’s spare prose continues to set a very high bar.”—Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review)

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

A LibraryReads Pick for November 2018

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, “a superb craftsman of suspense” (Entertainment Weekly).

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What’s one extra day? He takes the detour.

At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they’re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. It’s a strange place, but it’s all there is.

The next morning, in the city clerk’s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He’s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place?

As Reacher explores his father’s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly.

“Superb . . . [Lee] Child’s spare prose continues to set a very high bar.”—Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review)

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

This series [is] utterly addictive. Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Jack Reacher is today’s James Bond, a thriller hero we can’t get enough of. Ken Follett
There’s a reason Child is considered the best of the best in the thriller genre. Associated Press
Superb . . . [Lee] Child’s spare prose continues to set a very high bar. Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review) 
“The latest Jack Reacher thriller takes this wandering hero to the New Hampshire town where his father was born and where something suspicious is going on at the local motel. Child’s writing seems unusually expressive in this novel, possibly because of its intimate subject matter.” New York Times Book Review
“In bestseller Child’s superb twenty-third Jack Reacher novel…Child neatly interweaves multiple narratives, ratchets up the suspense (the reveal of the motel plot is delicious), and delivers a powerful, satisfying denouement. Fans will enjoy learning more of this enduring character’s roots, and Child’s spare prose continues to set a very high bar.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Hang on to your earphones, Reacher fans: We have a new voice for Reacher. After listening to Dick Hill as the voice of Jack Reacher for many years, there may be some adjusting to Scott Brick’s narration. Brick provides his first Reacher novel with with a strong, smooth voice for the protagonist himself, credible female voices, and clearly differentiated secondary characters…Listeners will be fully engaged as Reacher continues his fight for justice, beating up a lot of villains along the way.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Lee Child

Lee Child is the author of more than twenty Jack Reacher thrillers, including several New York Times bestsellers and number-one bestsellers. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures. He is a native of England and a former television director.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 12.86
Audience: Adult
Language: English