What begins as a sloppy marital argument in a bar in Texas may turn into something far more destructive. Jack Reacher, never known for minding his own business, brings his vagabond law-man-for-hire self to the scene. Carmen Greer seems to be the victim, and as a surly regulator, he doesn't hesitate to pick her up outside of Lubbock, that is, until she asks him to murder her husband. This abusive man is soon to be released from jail, and Carmen's worst nightmares are about to begin again.
But when Sloop Greer is let out of jail, what Carmen expects, doesn't happen. Sloop is instead killed by someone else, and Carmen is set up to take the blame. Reacher doesn't see how things could be wrapped up so simply and sets out to uncover what evil and human suffering lies beneath this town in Echo County, Texas.
Lee Child is the pen name of Jim Grant. He writes commercial thrillers about a former military cop named Jack Reacher. Child was born in 1954 and raised in England. Child studied law but also worked backstage at a theatre and eventually worked in commercial television upon graduating college. He produced over forty thousand hours of programming, wrote thousands of commercials, news stories, and trailers. He was laid off after corporate restructuring and began his career as a novelist with his first book Killing Floor. His prose style has been called hardboiled and commercial, and he considers novels the purest form of entertainment.
Jack Reacher, hailed as “a wonderfully epic hero” by People, confronts Texan hatred and hidden crimes in this superb new thriller.
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Ex-military cop Jack Reacher returns in this latest in the award-winning series critics call “spectacular” (Seattle Times), “relentless” (Denver Post), and “perfect” (New York Times Book Review).
Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he’s worried about is exactly who picks him up.
She’s called Carmen. She’s a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl … and she has married into the wrong family. They’re called the Greers. They’re a bitter and miserly clan, and they’ve made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.
Lawyers can’t help. Cops can’t be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen’s husband is dead—and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.