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A Wanted Man (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Lee Child

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Title:A Wanted Man
Authors:Lee Child
Info:Dell (2013), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 624 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Fiction, Mystery, Nebraska, FRR

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3.5 stars to be exact. Not the best Jack Reacher novel and a bit of a weird ending as well. However, I was entertained and it had some really good parts, but I felt it left some of them hanging. For instance what happens to the eye witness who is kept in the "hotel prison"...after all he is known as missing in his town and also about the leader of the gang who is not caught and Lester who turns out to not be a known person in CIA or the State Department...is he the leader of the gang or what? Too many unknowns in the end...or does it maybe continue in the next book? ( )
  McKhusu | Sep 7, 2016 |
Very enjoyable in parts, but comes across as formulaic and the 2nd part of the book is barely credible. Overall, I was disappointed. ( )
  JW1949 | Aug 31, 2016 |

Having read some reviews with regard to this Reacher novel, I was a little wary. However, like all the previous books in this series, I found that I could not put it down.
Lee Child did not choose the easiest vehicle for this novel by setting so much of it in car journeys, of which the first takes up almost a third of the book. This is something that is quite difficult to maintain, both for writer and reader, but Child pulls it off by making the reader want to see how the interaction of the people in the car develops.
As usual it is difficult to work out where the story is heading, indeed the information of what lay behind Reacher’s involvement does not become clear until the last few pages – there are numerous clues that could be described as red herrings apart from the fact that they are involved in the resolution of the story.
Perhaps the most difficult aspect of reading this book is being able to keep a mental geographical picture of the area which it covers, and the interiors of the buildings involved. There is the usual mayhem brought about by Reacher, but his thought processes during these are quite fascinating – I don’t think that I could be anywhere near as cool under pressure as he appears to be.
In the end I was not at all disappointed in the book, it was just a little bit harder read than some of the others, but that should not put others off from reading it.
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  Alan1946 | Jun 25, 2016 |
Absolutely loved it, picked it up before bed & couldn't put it down. The way the POV switches between characters keep you always up front & in the action. ( )
  petrichor8 | Jun 6, 2016 |
A murder in the middle of no-where and the bad guys decide having an additional person in the car may help them get past police roadblocks. Luckily they spot a hitch-hiker, not quite so luckily it's Jack Reacher wanting to head out of Nebraska and towards Virginia. The first half of the book is either placed in the car as Reacher realises there is more to the occupants then he first assumed or back at the crime scene where various agencies arrive with differing levels of knowledge and agenda. Key is a female FBI agent, almost a female image of Reacher who is the lead investigator.

The second half of the book has our agent catching up with an abandoned Reacher and another shocking murder puts them firmly on the trail of the bad guys. As the reader we are treated to the usual short sentences, the menace of Reacher and the bleak American landscape. (And by the way, try reading with Springsteen's Nebraska or Darkness at the Edge of Town on in the background, they are almost soundtracks to Reacher's wandering). We also know there is a fair bit of mystery around the original murder and the background is gently released throughout the book, so as Reacher gets nearer to the bad guys, we get to finally understand the full picture.

With the exception of some strange blinking Morse code that felt like Lee Child was trying to be too clever, this whole books works very well and the car scenes are very taut and claustrophobic. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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“The truth about Reacher gets better and better.”
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ISBN 0553825526, 0385344333, 0593065735, and 0307749606 does NOT include the bonus novella, Deep Down.
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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.
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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)

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