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Past Tense (Jack Reacher 23)

by Lee Child

Part of the Jack Reacher Series

Crime / Mystery

Past Tense (Jack Reacher 23) Synopsis

The most hotly anticipated thriller of 2018 follows our hero Jack Reacher on a quest into his father's past, and climaxes in the most stomach-clenching, hair-raising, blood-curdling ticking time bomb of an adventure yet. Jack Reacher plans to follow the autumn sun on an epic road 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 very same moment, close by, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians are trying to get to New York City to sell a treasure. They're stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. 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 that town. He knows his father never went back. Now he wonders, was he ever there in the first place? So begins another nail-biting, adrenaline-fuelled adventure for Reacher. The present can be tense, but the past can be worse. That's for damn sure.

Past Tense (Jack Reacher 23) Press Reviews

Absolutely loved Past Tense - Lee Child just gets better and better, which is a very rare quality in a writer of a long-run series. Whip smart, always compelling, always fun, he is dangerously addictive. -- Peter James

Jack Reacher is today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can't get enough of -- Ken Follett

I loved it. One of the best. -- Jonathan Ross

It's Lee Child. Why would you not read it? -- Karin Slaughter

Sometimes you just want someone who can beat the s*** out of people! I pick up Jack Reacher when I'm in the mood for someone big to solve my problems -- Patricia Cornwell

Loved [Past Tense]! Nothing makes for a great weekend quite like quality time with Jack . -- Lisa Gardner

Busy, bloody and ingenious - The Times

One of the best...hits the mark perfectly. -- Joanne Harris

The pace picks up...the action becomes brutal, and we're led to an extremely satisfying conclusion...I'm becoming increasingly understanding of our appetite for fiction that features proper punishment for baddies. It's deeply comforting to escape into an imaginary world where we're all safe in Jack Reacher's gammon-joint sized hands. - Independent

Child's writing seems unusually expressive in this novel...a reminder that Child is one writer who should never be taken for granted. - New York Times Book Review

Child is an excellent writer...As ever, the prose is precision-tooled. - Evening Standard

Lee Child shows no signs of slowing down. . . . Reacher is a man for whom the phrase moral compass was invented: His code determines his direction. . . . You need Jack Reacher. - Atlantic

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780857503626
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group) an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780593078198
Publication date: 05/11/2018
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780593078198
Publication date: 5th November 2018
Author: Lee Child
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Lee Child

Lee Child is one of the world’s leading thriller writers.  His novels consistently achieve the number one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages.  His debut novel, Killing Floor, was written after he was made redundant from his television job in Manchester, and introduced his much-admired maverick hero, the former military cop Jack Reacher.  Born in Coventry, he now lives in America. The 2013 Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger was awarded to Lee Child. Members of the CWA vote for ...

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