The Hard Way

The Hard Way

Large Print - 2006
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Jack Reacher comes to the aid of Edward Lane, the head of an illegal soldiers-for-hire operation, who enlists Reacher's assistance to find and stop a kidnapper who has abducted Lane's wife and child.
Publisher: New York : RandomHouse Large Print, c2006
Edition: Large Print ed
ISBN: 9780375433399
Characteristics: 575 p. (large print) ; 24 cm


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Feb 28, 2021

Book #17 chronologically, after One Shot (2005) and before Bad Luck and Trouble (2007):

Dec 11, 2020

Excellent story line from a great writer!

Jun 29, 2020

Not my favorite Reacher book. I figured out a major 'surprise' very early and it was just irritating that no characters seemed to even consider it. Others commenting mention it as well, so it is not that I am an amazing was just lazy to write so many characters to be so obtuse. But the action is satisfying and the detective work is great up until he misses the big one.

Apr 11, 2018


Mar 10, 2016

Jack Reacher has to work through the evidence to find a resolution to the situation. Because the series has similar structures, the breadcrumb clues can be spotted if you are a bit alert. In the book's "afterward" part, the presented fact that Reacher has no second thoughts about what has happened does take away from his character as his personality becomes closer to "nemesis" than human.

Oct 01, 2014

I've been whipping through the Jack Reacher books at about one a month for the past year or so, and not in order (having bought most of them as i see them from the Friends of the Library bookstore). While I acknowledge that they are genre books, I did find this one a bit formulaic, with plot insights that i had before Reacher did. However, that opinion's partly a consequence of the number of books in this series that I have read in such a short time, perhaps.

grandquilter Dec 07, 2013

Another great jack reacher story!

Jul 16, 2013

This is an excellent detective-thriller. It's better than the only other Jack Reacher novel I've read - The Persuader.

Lots of fun twists in the story. Far fewer fights than in the Persuader. Lower body count. This is more of a detective story than an action blow-em-up.

Great read. Hard to put down. Page turner.

Nov 08, 2012

Another great thriller without the usual paragraph fillers - numbers, road descriptions, and painstaking directions. This novel is set in New York city and, later, in a small town in the Norfolk area in England. The novel starts off like a kidnap, but Child has other storyline ideas to pursue here. You might guess mid-way through the book what has happened as Child leaves some good clues. Full of gory details of the walking wounded and those not left to walk. Reacher's sexual attraction to the older retired investigator does not ring true and that part of the storyline could be omitted without affecting the action/outcome.

dulynoted Dec 13, 2011

I thought this book was a great read, although the end was a little anti-climatic.

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Dec 03, 2015

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debwalker Oct 21, 2010

"Jack Reacher ordered espresso, double, no peel, no cube, foam cup, no china, and before it arrived at his table, he saw a man's life change forever."
Great opening line for a thriller, while summarizing his series character, Jack Reacher, quite nicely. Reacher is the kind of man who takes his coffee seriously, and could find trouble before starting the morning cup.


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