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Nothing to Lose (Jack Reacher Novels) (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Lee Child

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Title:Nothing to Lose (Jack Reacher Novels)
Authors:Lee Child
Info:Delacorte Press (2008), Hardcover, 416 pages
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Nothing to Lose by Lee Child (2008)

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My least favoriite Reacher book. Lazy plotting. Serve Reacher eggs and coffe at beginning of novel and itbis over before it started. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
I actually skipped over this one because the story seemed to be lacking. I came back and read it after reading the rest. I still liked it, but this may be my least favorite Reacher book. ( )
  JustinKimball | Feb 14, 2018 |
Another excellent 'Jack Reacher' novel. This one had even more twists and turns than usual, and provided us with some insight into Reacher, that we haven't had before. ( )
  LaurieGienapp | Dec 8, 2017 |
Nothing to Lose is a typical Lee Child/Jack Reacher novel. Reacher is pulled into a situation not of his making and now he will be the one to settle it. His personal code deems it must be so.
Reacher is passing from the town of Hope, CO into the town of Dispair when he decides to stop at the hardscrabble diner in the main part of Dispair. No one is inclined to serve him and the rest of the diners look aghast at him like he's grown a second head. When what passes for local law enforcement arrests Reacher for vagrancy, they are naively unaware of the trouble they've bought themselves.
Reacher forms an alliance with a sympathetic female law officer from Hope (providing Reacher the novel's love interest) as he seeks to determine why this company town that revolves around a scrap metal recycling plant and is guarded by a Military Police outpost, wants to exclude strangers so aggressively.
While Nothing to Lose provides plenty of drama, and lots of opportunities for Reacher to display his superior hand-to-hand combat skills, his courage and his uncannily accurate internal clock (which we're reminded of ad nauseum), it fails to provide a cohesive, action-driven plot. Reacher seems to continually be making another trip into Dispair to tweak the nose of Thurman, the owner of all that is Dispair, and walking out with nothing but a bruise or two to show for his troubles.
Nothing to Lose provides a nice dose of distraction for fans of Reacher, but it isn't one of Child's best. ( )
  MugsyNoir | Oct 27, 2017 |
Rather draggy, weak story. ( )
  siok | Jul 24, 2017 |
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Two small towns in the middle of nowhere: Hope and Despair. Between them, nothing but twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher can’t find a ride, so he walks. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets are four hostile locals, a vagrancy charge, and an order to move on. They’re picking on the wrong guy.

Reacher is a hard man. No job, no address, no baggage. Nothing at all, except hardheaded curiosity. What are the secrets that Despair seems so desperate to hide?

With just one ally—a mysterious woman cop from Hope—and many enemies, Reacher goes up against a whole town, hunting the rich man at its core, cracking open his terrifying agenda, asking the question: Who has the edge—a man with everything to gain, or a man with nothing to lose?

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When he arrives in the small town of Despair, Colorado, Jack Reacher finds himself taking on an entire town as he searches for the truths behind its sinister connection to a brutal war that is killing Americans many miles away.

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