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Friday 5 November 2021

‘Nothing To Lose’ by Lee Child

Published by Soundings Audio Books.
ISBN: 978-1-4079-0363-7
Read by Jeff Harding

Jack Reacher, a man with no job, no ties, and no permanent address - his only luggage a folding toothbrush, hitches his way into Colorado where he encounters the town of Hope, the following day he enters the next town, Despair, just twelve miles further on. He wants a cup of coffee before he again hits the open road, but the diner in Despair won’t serve him, they tell him in no uncertain terms that he is not welcome in Despair, and he must move on. Reacher doesn’t take kindly to this and makes his point by resisting the attempts of the DPD to remove him from their town.

Retrenching back to Hope he meets Detective Vaughan of the HPD, who is waiting at the town limits to give him a ride back to Hope. But telling Reacher to move on just spikes his curiosity and he determines to discover just what the inhabitants of Despair are hiding.

The perfect Reacher adventure – one man against the whole town, all determined to keep him out. But why, just what are they hiding?  It kept me guessing to the end and I enjoyed it.  I will still be avidly waiting for the next adventure of Jack Reacher.

Jeff Harding – what can I say, he is the best. He is the only reader who can do both male and female voices totally successfully. And his range for all the characters continues to amaze me.  As ever Jeff enhanced my enjoyment of the book.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes

Lee Child was born in 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theatre he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV’s “golden age.” During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But left in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series. Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series which has grown in sales and impact with every new instalment. Lee has three homes—an apartment in Manhattan, a country house in the south of France, and whatever airplane cabin he happens to be in while travelling between the two. He is married with a grown-up daughter. He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise.

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