Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee ChildNight School: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child

Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel

byLee Child

Hardcover | November 7, 2016

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The incomparable hero of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back takes readers to school in his most explosive novel yet. After eleven straight global #1 bestsellers, discover the thrillers that The New York Times calls “utterly addictive.”

It’s 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he’s off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind.

Two other men are in the classroom—an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there.

Then they find out: A Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor—a Saudi courier, seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown. A CIA asset, undercover inside the cell, has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message: The American wants a hundred million dollars.”

For what? And who from? Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American. Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with: Sergeant Frances Neagley. Their mission heats up in more ways than one, while always keeping their eyes on the prize: If they don’t get their man, the world will suffer an epic act of terrorism.

From Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev, Night School moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, faked identities, and new and terrible enemies, as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law.

Praise for Night School

“The prose is crisp and clean, and the fighting is realistic. . . . This latest installment has all the classic ingredients: a great setting (Hamburg), a good villain, and a mystery that draws you in efficiently, escalates unpredictably, and has a satisfying resolution.”The New Yorker
 
“Another timely tour de force . . . The taut thriller is textbook [Lee] Child: fast-paced and topical with a ‘ripped from the headlines’ feel.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
 
“As gripping as ever.”The Florida Times-Union

Praise for #1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series

“Reacher [is] one of this century’s most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes.”—The Washington Post
Lee Child is the author of twenty New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, eleven of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures—including Jack Reacher (based on One Shot) and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in one hundred territories. A nati...
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Title:Night School: A Jack Reacher NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.22 × 6.28 × 1.44 inPublished:November 7, 2016Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I love Michael Connelly's writing style. A little difficult to get used to a new character, but all in all a good read.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok Having not read the previous books, I had nothing to compare it to. It was ok.
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Connolly classic Great new character, with an interesting back story and is almost a female version of Harry Bosch. Cannot wait to read more books with this character, and to watch her evolve #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great new character! Michael Connelly is hands down one of my favourite authors. I've really enjoyed the Harry Bosch character over the years, as well as newer addition Mickey Haller. But I was very excited to see that he has created a new lead in his latest novel, The Late Show. Meet Renée Ballard, a detective in the LAPD who works the night shift, aka The Late Show. Ballard was moved to the night shift after a harassment charge against a superior officer was dismissed. The kicker? Her then partner knew the truth and refused to back her. On the night shift, she and her new partner field calls, but pass them on to the day crew to pursue. But Renée's drive and determination to find answers and justice for victims is hard to suppress. She fields two calls one evening - the beating of a prostitute and a waitress killed on the periphery of a seeming gangland shooting. Against all protocol she decides to pursue both cases on her own in the day while still working the night shift. Oh, The Late Show is so very, very good on so many levels. Renée is intelligent, driven and tough. She has to be to do what she does - and to put up with what her superiors and fellow officers throw at her. I like her back story - it has some depth, unusual elements, is believable and makes this lead even more 'human'. Connelly's plotting in this latest is impeccable - intricate, detailed and oh so addicting. The 'who' question in the one case is at the heart of everything. The reader is alongside Renée as she puts together the pieces. I enjoy not having 'insider' information that the lead doesn't have. Danger and action are part of this book as well as the police work. There are a few scenes where my heart was in my throat and I couldn't put the book down. (And I admit I did peek ahead a few pages as I had to know the outcome.) The settings are detailed and the police procedures detailed and with the ring of authenticity. The Late Show was a fantastic read for me and I can't wait to see more of this character. Highly recommended! The author's notes at the end intrigued me..."A great debt of thanks goes to LAPD Detective Mitzi Roberts, who served in so many ways as the inspiration for Renée." Of course I had to google her - and yeah, she's a heck of a inspiration. She worked the Black Dahlia case amongst many others. Connelly also sneaks in a cameo reference to Bosch the television series in the plot.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Not my favourite of his books but still entertaining
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Child's best When we first discovered Reacher, we started with 61 Hours - what a ride! We devoured every Reacher we could get our hands on. We loved this character and how he interacted with the people and villains in the American Gothic towns that he found on his bus ride. The best part of this story was the backstory involving the messengers. The most predictable - how many chapters it will take Reacher to finally bed the latest female character. Child needs to find some new description of how ecstatic the female partner becomes. Also, there are more Americanisms than "a buck will get you ten". Further, we are finding errors in the books. Reacher would know exactly how many bullets he has left in his handgun. He wouldn't "double tap" two bad guys, put a bullet in each of their heads to be certain and then put in a new magazine because he was down 4 rounds. We've continued to buy the next Reacher in hopes that Lee Child will get back to the character he first put on the pages. Maybe Lee could go back to the beginning to re-find Jack.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Police Proceedural Michael Connolly's new series stars a female detective! Great start to this new series but after 50 pages, the story lags. Way too many details regarding policing rules & procedures, uniforms, even waxing surfboards. If you can last until the halfway point, then that's when the story shifts back into high gear. If you're a Michael Connolly fan, then you will probably eagerly eat up his latest offering, others will probably say "meh"........:)
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read A good plot with enough twists and turns and solid characters.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prime Reacher Reacher's intellect and strength are at its peak in this prequel set in the 90s. It's Germany, not long after the reunification. Terrorists have purchased something for an extraordinary amount of money. What's being sold? What's it for? The long journey from those questions to the answer is somewhat simple, but the drama skims along nicely thanks to the fast-paced whirring of Reacher's mental machinery. He's Sherlock Holmes with fighting chops. The fun is watching him slowly unravel the who, what, where and when of the puzzle, through a series of logical guesses, investigation and, of course, fists. An easy read, but worth it if you like the character.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start to a new series! Extremely tense, highly suspenseful and masterfully paced! The Late Show is a skillfully crafted, well-executed police procedural that introduces us to the feisty Detective Renée Ballard as she heads out on a shift that will have her hunting a burglar, a sadist, and a ruthless killer. The writing is tight and seamless. The characterization is spot on with a gang of multi-layered, gritty characters including the gutsy, tenacious Ballard. And the plot is a thrill ride of twists, turns, surprises, corruption, violence, forensics, police politics and murder that will have you hooked from the very first page. Connelly is a best-selling author, and with this new release it's easy to see why. The Late Show is a raw, action-packed page turner that is compelling, entertaining and will leave you wanting more.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from meh Having been a long time fan of Connelly, and recently disappointed with his novels, I had hopes that this new series with a female protagonist would be better. His Bosch novels are stale and the Lincoln Lawyer was good for one book. This one is a dud right out of the box. If you have never read a police procedural/detective/crime novel or seen a TV show about any of those, you might enjoy this book. Connelly assumes the reader knows nothing about forensics and awkwardly describes things such as a bullet can be matched to a weapon by the striations left when it was fired.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner Good novel by MC, from start to finish.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Another great book by this author.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Late Show is worth staying up for. A new character with a sense of justice like my beloved Harry. Renee Ballard has been demoted to the night shift, called the "The Late Show" because she refused to retract an allegation against her lieutenant. The "Late Show" is the shift where the cops are mostly respsonsible for writing up the paperwork and leaving the investigating to the day shift cops. For Renee though, that isn't nearly enough and when a trans person is found nearly beaten to death, she takes it upon herself to see the investigation to the end. Combined with a multiple fatality homicide at a night club, Renee has her hands full and when her former partner is murdered, all of Renee's not inconsiderable skills are pulled out. Is the novel perfect? No. Is it a compelling read that will keep you turning pages late, late into the night? Absolutely. Renee Ballard is a great addition to the Connelley canon.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great new series from the master of LAPD fiction. A great introduction to the next great Character created by Michael Connelly. It was a nice refresher as, with the exception of Rachel Walling, all of the major characters written by him have been Men. I really liked how they were able to resolve the multiple cases and keep them intwined. With most of the Bosch books, he is focused on just the one case where in reality a lot of detectives are handling multiple cases so it was great to see that in a box. It was also nice to see how he continued to mention his other projects in the books. Like how they mentioned Blood Work in Angels Flight, it was great how the Bosch TV series was mentioned in the book while still acknowledging Bosch as a real detective in this Book Universe. The Audiobook narration did bother me at a couple points as the Editing was not the greatest. Heard a couple yawns and breaks in the reading. Overall, a great read and hope to see the next book in her series next year.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Terrific from the beginning to the very last page
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Another great novel. Very suspenseful. Kept me guessing throughout..couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! A great suspense and mystery novel. I couldn't put it down at all! It is an interesting plot and I was blown by the final twist in the story.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Baldacci book! I always enjoy David Baldacci's books and this one was no exception. The characters in the book had a very hard time solving this case and the story had a lot of twists and turns. I can usually figure out where the ending is going to be and I couldn't in this book. Another great read!
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It!! Definitely a good read. Was able to read it very quickly. Love the way David writes however I did find this storyline progressed similar to some of his other books.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from some poor editing and strange plotting choices, but in all a good read I really liked Perry's early work. Of late, he's been hit and miss - The Boyfriend was truly awful - but this story showed a bit more thought and attention to believable characters. I did find, though, that the editing was poor. In a few places, at least in the e-book version, there were typos - twice I found the word "took" had been changed to "to ok". In one chapter, the protagonist fights off a mugger and then gives him $25 to buy food. Later, when he refers to the incident again, it is magically changed to $100. Worse, there were inconsistencies in the protagonist's motivation regarding his roommate, soon to be girlfriend. At first, he doesn't want an intimate relationship because he doesn't want to reveal anything about himself. Later, he manipulates her into falling in love with him because he thinks being part of a couple will make him harder to find. Which is it? When did he change his mind? A professional editor catches these things, but Perry's seemed to be asleep at the wheel for this book. But, the action is non-stop, the ingenuity of the main character is entertaining, and the underlying theme of the cruelty and inhumanity of the American government agencies and the uselessness of their foreign wars is a strong underlying theme. I think Perry wrote this book for himself, As a man who is getting older it must have been appealing to him to have a 60-something main character who is as indestructible and ruthlessly focused as Jason Bourne. The main character does come off a little cold though - principled, but cold.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific ! This is a fantastic read. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice Interesting and thoughtful work.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Read I am a huge fan of David's, and he doesn't let you down in this book. From the start of the book you can't put it down as he draws you into the story. Couldn't put it down, and didn't figure out the ending until you at the last 30 pages ofs the book. Great read and can't wait another book
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! Loved it, made my way through it very quickly, an great addition by David Baldacci.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent thriller steady plot This is book 17 and Joe Pickett is a well established law and order game warden with strong family ties. The cat & mouse investigation had many twists and frightening scenes for Joe's family. Joe & his family are threatened when Dallas Cates returns to Twelve Sleep County to avenge his family's tragedy. Poaching in the district has become a major problem and the new state governor isn't the politician the voters thought they elected, putting Joe's ethics to the test. Excellent reading. There is some violence in this novel.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Page Turner Definitely exciting and riveting.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Enjoyed reading this. Characters were easy to follow...story is well written. Keeps you interested from start to finish.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling read Another Jack Reacher hit. keep 'em comin!
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I loved this book. The plot and characters were off the charts!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Exciting, mysterious and hypnotic. I greatly enjoyed reading it. Everything about this book hooked me from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyed it. Not usually my cup of tea but it was good
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyed it. Not usually my cup of tea but it was good
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Great read! Couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Have the audio book. Just amazing. Received it as a gift. Couldn't stop listening until I was finished. Just as great as any of his other stories
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from was a bit boring this book was a bit slow to get into.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reacher delivers! I loved this story, I have some criticisms but I can't speak of them without spoiling story elements. Just know its a great read and hard to put down.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not horrible Was kind of impressed, it's not a bad book at all, I recommend
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My dad loved this I am in line for this book. Can't wait until it's my turn.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book One of the character I like to read. Great book to read.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Lee Child never dissapoints!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lee Child doesn't disappoint Just finished - absolutely amazing. One of his best. Now all I want to see is a companion novel about Neagley! #indigoemployee
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it!! Totally recommend this book. It was a great read.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Wait to Get This One of my dad's fave authors. Can't wait to buy this.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A First Rate Crime Thriller! One of the most artistically- crafted, suspenseful thrillers I've read in 2015 is "A String of Beads" by Thomas Perry. It begins with a warrant for the arrest of Jimmy Sanders for the murder of a nasty, local bully, Nick Bauermeister. On the run from his home on the Tonawanda Reservation for a crime he didn't commit, the eight clan mothers, important dignitaries in the Seneca culture task Jane (Whitefield) McKinnon with finding Jimmy before he can be locked up and killed. Friends with Jimmy as teens when they trekked across Seneca land on a journey of self-discovery, Jane is the one person who can trace his whereabouts and help him become invisible before he's killed. For years she's guided runners to safety before they're murdered putting her own life in danger, even tortured and getting a bullet in the thigh on one of her assignments. What she doesn't expect is that there are more people than the police who are chasing Jimmy, and that she'll have to unravel clues to the crime and expose the real murderer before he's free. The plot is innovative and unique with its backdrop of Seneca culture and traditions mixed into an intense crime thriller. From the visit of the clan mothers who give Jane the "ote-ko-a" , shell beads, assigning her as their agent to track down Jimmy the plot begins heating up, as she evades a police tracker to find her friend. From then on the action never stops. With every high-speed car chase and gun fired Jane and Jimmy's invisibility becomes harder to maintain, especially when Mattie Sanders and Chelsea Schnell join the runner and unknowingly leave clues to their safe house. Threads of the plot not only follow Jane's struggle to keep Jimmy hidden as well as her own investigation, but also the killer whose connections to organized crime will have a far-reaching impact. In a riveting novel where tension mounts as events unfold, the reader is on the edge-of-their-seat wondering if the runners will die and Jane will be exposed. Like all Jane Whitefield novels this one can be read as a standalone, but her background, ingenious sleuthing skills and tenacity make her a character worth following. The personalities in this exciting caper are well-developed, realistic and unforgettable; each one with flaws and faults that add to the drama and power of the storyline. Jane is a skilled and athletic warrior living under the guise of a volunteer, a teacher and a surgeon's wife in Amherst, New York. She's resourceful, cautious and smart, but the pain of her injury has crippled her self-confidence. Torn between her love and loyalty to her people and to her husband, she doesn't hesitate to take on the task, hoping Cary's logic and sensibility will help him understand her commitment. Jimmy Sanders a former army sniper has little tolerance for nasty bullies like the murder victim Nick Bauermeister which gets him into trouble. A loving son who's honest, sincere and amiable he believes only Jane can help him stay out of harm's way. Chelsea Schnell is the former beauty pageant contestant who's naive, vulnerable and susceptible to domineering and controlling men while Technical Sergeant Isaac (Ike) Lloyd the dogged police tracker is trustworthy and brave in his search for the truth. Of the antagonists who lend chilling dread to this fascinating story;wealthy Dan Crane is ambitious and driven in getting what he wants; Bobby Salamone over-confident, intimidating and heartless; and Lorenzo Malconi the boss of the Buffalo mafia, unscrupulous and vicious. I rate "A String of Beads" highly, a thoroughly addictive crime novel filled with explosive tension, electrifying thrills and a slice of the paranormal.
Date published: 2015-03-08

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Chapter 1In the morning they gave Reacher a medal, and in the afternoon they sent him back to school. The medal was another Legion of Merit. His second. It was a handsome item, enameled in white, with a ribbon halfway between purple and red. Army Regulation 600-­8-­22 authorized its award for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the United States in a key position of responsibility. Which was a bar Reacher felt he had cleared, technically. But he figured the real reason he was getting it was the same reason he had gotten it before. It was a transaction. A contractual token. Take the bauble and keep your mouth shut about what we asked you to do for it. Which Reacher would have anyway. It was nothing to boast about. The Balkans, some police work, a search for two local men with wartime secrets to keep, both soon identified, and located, and visited, and shot in the head. All part of the peace process. Interests were served, and the region calmed down a little. Two weeks of his life. Four rounds expended. No big deal.Army Regulation 600-­8-­22 was surprisingly vague about exactly how medals should be handed out. It said only that decorations were to be presented with an appropriate air of formality and with fitting ceremony. Which usually meant a large room with gilt furniture and a bunch of flags. And an officer senior in rank to the recipient. Reacher was a major, with twelve years in, but other awards were being given out that morning, including three to a trio of colonels and two to a pair of one-­star generals, so the big cheese on deck was a three-­star from the Pentagon, who Reacher knew from many years before, when the guy had been a CID battalion commander working out of Fort Myer. A thinker. Certainly enough of a thinker to figure out why an MP major was getting a Legion of Merit. He had a look in his eye. Part wry, and part seal-­the-­deal serious. Take the bauble and keep your mouth shut. Maybe in the past the guy had done the same thing himself. Maybe more than once. He had a whole fruit salad of ribbons on the left chest of his Class-­A coat. Including two Legions of Merit.The appropriately formal room was deep inside Fort Belvoir in Virginia. Which was close to the Pentagon, which was convenient for the three-­star. Convenient for Reacher too, because it was about equally close to Rock Creek, where he had been marking time since he got back. Not so convenient for the other officers, who had flown in from Germany.There was some milling around, and some small talk, and some shaking of hands, and then everyone went quiet and lined up and stood to attention, and salutes were exchanged, and medals were variously pinned or draped on, and then there was more milling around and small talk and shaking of hands. Reacher edged toward the door, keen to get out, but the three-­star caught him before he made it. The guy shook his hand and kept hold of his elbow, and said, “I hear you’re getting new orders.”Reacher said, “No one told me. Not yet. Where did you hear that?”“My top sergeant. They all talk to each other. U.S. Army NCOs have the world’s most efficient grapevine. It always amazes me.”“Where do they say I’m going?”“They don’t know for sure. But not far. Within driving distance, anyway. Apparently the motor pool got a requisition.”“When am I supposed to find out?”“Sometime today.”“Thank you,” Reacher said. “Good to know.”The three-­star let go of his elbow, and Reacher edged onward, to the door, and through it, and out to a corridor, where a sergeant first-­class skidded to a halt and saluted. He was out of breath, like he had run a long way. From a distant part of the installation, maybe, where the real work was done.The guy said, “Sir, with General Garber’s compliments, he requests that you stop by his office at your earliest convenience.”Reacher said, “Where am I going, soldier?”“Driving distance,” the guy said. “But around here, that could be a lot of different things.”Garber’s office was in the Pentagon, so Reacher caught a ride with two captains who lived at Belvoir but had afternoon shifts in the B-­Ring. Garber had a walled-­off room all his own, two rings in, two floors up, guarded by a sergeant at a desk outside the door. Who stood up and led Reacher inside, and announced his name, like an old-­time butler in a movie. Then the guy sidestepped and began his retreat, but Garber stopped him and said, “Sergeant, I’d like you to stay.”So the guy did, standing easy, feet planted on the shiny linoleum.A witness.Garber said, “Take a seat, Reacher.”Reacher did, on a visitor chair with tubular legs, which sagged under his weight and tipped him backward, as if a strong wind was blowing.Garber said, “You have new orders.”Reacher said, “What and where?”“You’re going back to school.”Reacher said nothing.Garber said, “Disappointed?”Hence the witness, Reacher supposed. Not a private conversation. Best behavior. He said, “As always, general, I’m happy to go where the army sends me.”“You don’t sound happy. But you should. Career development is a wonderful thing.”“Which school?”“Details are being delivered to your office as we speak.”“How long will I be gone?”“That depends on how hard you work. As long as it takes, I guess.”Reacher got a bus in the Pentagon parking lot and rode two stops to the base of the hill below the Rock Creek HQ. He walked up the slope and went straight to his office. There was a slim file centered on his desk. His name was on it, and some numbers, and a course title: Impact of Recent Forensic Innovation on Inter-­Agency Cooperation. Inside were sheets of paper, still warm from the Xerox machine, including a formal notice of temporary detachment to a location that seemed to be a leased facility in a corporate park in McLean, Virginia. He was to report there before five o’clock that afternoon. Civilian dress was to be worn. Residential quarters would be on-­site. A personal vehicle would be provided. No driver.Reacher tucked the file under his arm and walked out of the building. No one watched him go. He was of no interest to anyone. Not anymore. He was a disappointment. An anticlimax. The NCO grapevine had held its breath, and all it had gotten was a meaningless course with a bullshit title. Not exciting at all. So now he was a non-­person. Out of circulation. Out of sight, out of mind. Like a ballplayer on the disabled list. A month from then someone might suddenly remember him for a second, and wonder when he was coming back, or if, and then forget him again just as quickly.The desk sergeant inside the door glanced up, and glanced away, bored.Reacher had very few civilian clothes, and some of them weren’t really civilian. His off-­duty pants were Marine Corps khakis about thirty years old. He knew a guy who knew a guy who worked in a warehouse, where he claimed there was a bale of old stuff wrongly delivered back when LBJ was still president, and then never squared away again afterward. And apparently the point of the story was that old Marine pants looked just like new Ralph Lauren pants. Not that Reacher cared what pants looked like. But five bucks was an attractive price. And the pants were fine. Unworn, never issued, stiffly folded, a little musty, but good for another thirty years at least.His off-­duty T-shirts were no more civilian, being old army items, gone pale and thin with washing. Only his jacket was definitively non-­military. It was a tan denim Levi’s item, totally authentic in every respect, including the label, but sewn by an old girlfriend’s mother, in a basement in Seoul.He changed and packed the rest of his stuff into a duffel and a suit carrier, which he heaved out to the curb, where a black Chevy Caprice was parked. He guessed it was an old MP black-­and-­white, now retired, with the decals peeled off, and the holes for the light bar and the antennas all sealed up with rubber plugs. The key was in. The seat was worn. But the engine started, and the transmission worked, and the brakes were fine. Reacher swung the thing around like a battleship maneuvering, and headed out toward McLean, Virginia, with the windows down and the radio playing.The corporate park was one of many, all of them the same, brown and beige, discreet typefaces, neat lawns, some evergreen planting, low two-­ and three-­building campuses spreading outward across empty land, servicing folks who hid behind bland and modest names and tinted glass in their office windows. Reacher found the right place by the street number, and pulled in past a knee-­high sign that said Educational Solutions Incorporated, in a typeface so plain it looked childish.Parked at the door were two more Chevy Caprices. One was black and one was navy blue. They were both newer than Reacher’s. And they were both properly civilian, in that they didn’t have rubber plugs and brush-­painted doors. They were government sedans, no doubt about it, clean and shiny, each one with two more antennas than a person needed for listening to the ball game. But the extra two antennas were not the same in both cases. The black car had short needles and the blue car had longer whips, in a different configuration. On a different wavelength. Two separate organizations.Inter-­Agency Cooperation.Reacher parked alongside, and left his bags in the car. He went in the door, to an empty lobby, which had durable gray carpet underfoot and green potted ferns here and there against the walls. There was a door marked Office. And a door marked Classroom. Which Reacher opened. There was a green chalkboard at the head of the room, and twenty college desks, in four rows of five, each one with a little ledge on the right, for paper and pencil.Sitting on two of the desks were two guys, both in suits. One suit was black, and one suit was navy blue. Like the cars. Both guys were looking straight ahead, like they had been talking, but had run out of things to say. They were about Reacher’s own age. The one in the black suit was pale with dark hair worn dangerously long for a guy with a government car. The one in the blue suit was pale with colorless hair buzzed short. Like an astronaut. Built like an astronaut, too, or a gymnast not long out of the game.Reacher stepped in, and they both turned to look.The dark haired guy said, “Who are you?”Reacher said, “That depends on who you are.”“Your identity depends on mine?”“Whether I tell you or not. Are those your cars outside?”“Is that significant?”“Suggestive.”“How?”“Because they’re different.”“Yes,” the guy said. “Those are our cars. And yes, you’re in a classroom with two different representatives of two different government agencies. At cooperation school. Where they’re going to teach us all about how to get along with other organizations. Please don’t tell me you’re from one of them.”“Military police,” Reacher said. “But don’t worry. I’m sure by five o’clock we’ll have plenty of civilized people here. You can give up on me and get along with them instead.”The guy with the buzz cut looked up and said, “No, I think we’re it. I think we’re the whole ball game. There are only three bedrooms made up. I took a look around.”Reacher said, “What kind of a government school has three students only? I never heard of that before.”“Maybe we’re faculty. Maybe the students live elsewhere.”The guy with the dark hair said, “Yes, that would make more sense.”

Editorial Reviews

“The prose is crisp and clean, and the fighting is realistic. . . . This latest installment has all the classic ingredients: a great setting (Hamburg), a good villain, and a mystery that draws you in efficiently, escalates unpredictably, and has a satisfying resolution.”—The New Yorker “Another timely tour de force . . . The taut thriller is textbook [Lee] Child: fast-paced and topical with a ‘ripped from the headlines’ feel.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune “As gripping as ever.”—The Florida Times-UnionPraise for #1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series   “This series [is] utterly addictive.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times   “Reacher [is] one of this century’s most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes.”—The Washington Post