HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

A Wanted Man by Lee Child
Loading...

A Wanted Man (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Lee Child

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,219466,537 (3.67)59
Member:mrmapcase
Title:A Wanted Man
Authors:Lee Child
Info:Bantam Press UK (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 432 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Fiction, Mystery, Nebraska, FRR

Work details

A Wanted Man by Lee Child (2012)

None

None.

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 59 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 46 (next | show all)
Not my favourite Jack Reacher novel. Lots of FBI, CIA, terrorism, counter terrorism, etc. A bit longer and more repetitive than it needed to be. Still found it hard to put down.
  arcona | Mar 9, 2014 |
This is the first Jack Reacher book I read - I keep confusing Lee Child with James Lee Burke [don't judge me] and I thought he might be too American for me. Ironic considering he's actually English, which might be one of the reasons I found this such a comfortable read.

Former military policeman Jack Reacher, now something of an eccentric drifter making his vague way to Virginia, gets a lift with three people claiming they are returning from a team-building session. Nothing is as it seems however and Jack realises the men in the car are lying to him and the woman is a hostage.

Tremendously exciting - it might not be great literature but it is a great thriller. ( )
  adpaton | Jan 14, 2014 |
Spoiler Alert! Why is what I'm about to say spoilery? Because just by the very fact that Lee Child has written another Jack Reacher novel, readers of his previous novels already know: (1) after mouthing several witty macho bon mots, Jack Reacher will get into one or more fist fights, which he will win handily; (2) Jack (unlike Joe Nesbo’s Harry Hole) is unlikely to get hurt badly; (3) Jack will brush his teeth, at least once, anyway; (4) there will be bad guys who have no socially redeeming characteristics; (5) the bad guys will come to an unpleasant end, administered by Jack; (6) action will move very quickly; (7) most of the numerous chapters will end with a sentence that will make the reader start the next chapter; (8) the women in the story will overcome their initial repulsion towards Jack and end up liking him, maybe even having sex with him; (9) Jack will not purchase any real estate; and (10) Jack will quote numerous statistical factoids like a particular city’s population or the depth of its largest lake.

Super Spoiler Alert--Do not read the following paragraph if you want to be surprised!!

Jack takes a shower AND applies deodorant.

End of Super Spoiler.

The rest of the book is pretty much a reprise of the themes outlined in the first paragraph of this review with action involving terrorists, a murder, and a kidnapping. I won’t spoil your reading by disclosing any more specific about the plot, but rest assured it is enjoyable, largely because of Child’s masterful execution of themes (1), (6), and (7) above.

Evaluation: I read all 533 pages of the paperback version in two days, but you may wish to finish it in one. A perfect airplane book for a cross-continental flight: it’s fast-paced, fun, and is the perfect adult analogue to a young kid’s comic book.

(JAB) ( )
  nbmars | Sep 28, 2013 |
There are bad guys, but you don't find out what they were doing until the last page, at which point you won't believe it or care, but at least they are all dead by Jack's hand, the end.

I like Jack Reacher, but this was not Lee Child's best effort. Only recommended for the terminally faithful. ( )
  BookWallah | Sep 24, 2013 |
Jack Reacher is up to his normal invincible mayhem. This is an interesting premise - he gets picked up by some bad guys on one of his hitching stints. Will he figure out they're bad guys? What about the other innocent in the car? This creates a pretty compelling read for a while. He eventually gets free, and the plot begins twisting and turning, and then he single-handedly takes on a whole building full of bad guys. The action is vintage, and just believable enough to allow one to suspend disbelief. The real disappointment comes at the end. Without spoiling anything, suffice it to say that it doesn't so much end as stop. If you are looking for a clear explanation of what the heck just happened, be sure to keep notes along the way. That is the best you are going to get. ( )
  williwhy | Sep 16, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 46 (next | show all)
“The truth about Reacher gets better and better.”
added by cmwilson101 | editThe New York Times, Janet Maslin
 
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to the English one.
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
For Jane,
standing by the major oak
First words
The eyewitness said he didn't actually see it happen.
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. One man driving, eyes on the road. Another man next to him, telling stories that don’t add up. A woman in the back, silent and worried. And next to her, a huge man with a broken nose, hitching a ride east to Virginia.

An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there.

All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride. He has tied himself to a massive conspiracy that makes him a threat—to both sides at once.

In Lee Child’s white-hot thriller, nothing is what it seems, and nobody is telling the truth. As the tension rises, the twists come fast and furious, keeping readers guessing and gasping until the explosive finale.
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. One man driving, eyes on the road. Another man next to him, telling stories that don't add up. A woman in the back, silent and worried. And next to her, a huge man with a broken nose, hitching a ride east to Virginia. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride. He has tied himself to a massive conspiracy that makes him a threat to both sides at once.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 7 descriptions

LibraryThing Author

Lee Child is a LibraryThing Author, an author who lists their personal library on LibraryThing.

profile page | author page

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
4 avail.
729 wanted
2 pay11 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.67)
0.5
1 3
1.5 1
2 17
2.5 10
3 76
3.5 44
4 139
4.5 12
5 41

Audible.com

Two editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 92,966,225 books! | Top bar: Always visible