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Published by Delacorte Press, 16 May 2017. ISBN
the publisher: Lee Child’s iconic anti-hero Jack Reacher is the stuff
made of legend – a larger-than-life man who is “loved by women, feared by men,
and respected by all”. Now, following twelve consecutive #1 New York
Times bestsellers, Child offers the ultimate Reacher reading experience . . .
which includes an exciting, all-new Reacher novella, as well as Child’s eleven
previously published short stories featuring Reacher. This pulse-pounding
collection marks the first time that all of Lee Child’s short fiction starring
Reacher has been available in the same place at the same time. No Middle Name begins with Too Much Time, a new work of short
fiction that finds Reacher in a hollowed-out town in Maine, where he witnesses
a random bag-snatching but sees much more than a simple crime. In his
trademark tight and propulsive prose, Child sets Reacher and his “lizard brain”
off for a case where there is more than meets the eye – and Reacher, as always,
won’t rest until a wrong is righted.
The longest of these tales runs 68 pages, with
most falling between 36 and 53 pages in length, the shortest running 4, 6, 10
and 11, but no matter the brevity or length, these are all tales of Jack
Reacher, and that’s pretty much all it takes to make it a must read. The
very first, referred to in the previous quoted paragraph, was written
contemporaneously, in 2017; the others between 1999 and 2016. Reacher’s
brother, Joe, makes an appearance more than once, which I found very
interesting (Joe has been in previous books). As readers know, Reacher is
a military cop, at present 35 years old, a major with twelve years in, with rare
attributes: He is brilliant, with admirable reserves of intelligence and
strengths (both mental and physical, at 6’ 5” and 250 pounds. In
one of the tales, which takes place in Paris, Reacher is 13 years old; in
another, he is 16, and in another he is approaching 17. One story is in
Georgia, in 1989. A few of the stories take place in New York City,
primarily in sites in or around area bars in Greenwich Village. (In
another, Shea Stadium is referenced, with, unfortunately, the Mets losing to
the Cubs by two to one. (Full disclosure: I am a die-hard Mets fan.)
But Yankee Stadium gets a mention as well, although without a game in
progress.) And two of the tales take place on Christmas Eve and Christmas
So obviously there is a wide range of geography
and time found here, but the most (only?) crucial thing can be summed up in two
words: “Child” and “Reacher.” And what could be better than
that? Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Gloria Feit
(real name James D Grant) is one of the world’s leading thriller writers. He
was born in Coventry, raised in Birmingham, and now lives in New York. It is
said one of his novels featuring his hero Jack Reacher is sold somewhere in the
world every nine seconds. His books consistently achieve the number-one slot on
bestseller lists around the world, and are published in over one hundred
territories. He is the recipient of many prizes, most recently the CWA’s
Diamond Dagger for a writer of an outstanding body of crime fiction.
Jack Reacher, the first Jack Reacher movie starring Tom Cruise, was based on
the novel One Shot, and the second is
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
Ted and Gloria Feitlive
in Long Beach, NY, a few miles outside New York City. For 26 years,
Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in lower Manhattan.
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more
personal note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and
nine grandchildren between them.