The Hard Way.

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**** The Hard Way A Jack Reacher Novel By Lee Child No easy way out.

Jack Reacher--ex-military policeman, fixer, and a man for whom "the remorse gene was missing from his DNA"--returns for the tenth time. While in New York, Reacher is approached by an employee of Edward Lane, the head of an organization that provides skilled, covert military support to governments worldwide. Lane's wife and eight-year-old stepdaughter have been kidnapped, and Reacher is the only man who can ensure their safe return. Reacher has no idea, of course, that such a tragic case is nothing new for the shady Lane. The kidnapping quickly becomes more convoluted than even Reacher could anticipate.

Bantam. 384 pages. $25. ISBN: 0385336691

Denver Post ****

"The imperfections Child adds to his protagonist's character this time out, such as Reacher's not catching onto all of the questionable dealings early on in the novel, give Reacher a much-needed vulnerability. All in all, The Hard Way is a breathless, well-paced thriller that will satisfy die-hard fans and newcomers."

DORMAN T. SHINDLER

NY Times Book Review ****

"Crime writers will do anything to grab attention in a book's opening paragraph, but Mr. Child achieves this without breaking a sweat.... Reading Mr. Child is not only a mentally transporting experience but also, at times, a physical one." JANET MASLIN

Orlando Sentinel ****

"The Hard Way ... is icing on the cake for [Child's] legion of fans.... For the squeamish, there are some grisly scenes ..." ANN HELLMUTH

Philadelphia Inquirer ****

"The last several books in the series have all been excellent, but the latest is his best yet.... [The Hard Way] is a...

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