The Midnight Line

The Midnight Line

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER •  Lee Child returns with a gripping new powerhouse thriller featuring Jack Reacher, “one of this century’s most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes” (The Washington Post).

Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

So begins a harrowing journey that takes Reacher through the upper Midwest, from a lowlife bar on the sad side of small town to a dirt-blown crossroads in the middle of nowhere, encountering bikers, cops, crooks, muscle, and a missing persons PI who wears a suit and a tie in the Wyoming wilderness.

The deeper Reacher digs, and the more he learns, the more dangerous the terrain becomes. Turns out the ring was just a small link in a far darker chain. Powerful forces are guarding a vast criminal enterprise. Some lines should never be crossed. But then, neither should Reacher.

Praise for The Midnight Line
 
“Puts Reacher just where we want him.”The New York Times Book Review

“A gem.”Chicago Tribune

“Compulsively readable.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“[A] multifaceted novel about dealing with the unthinkable . . . It’s automatic: Reacher gets off a bus, and Child lands on the New York Times bestseller list.”Booklist
 
“I just read the new Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. . . . It is as good as they always are. I read every single one.”Malcolm Gladwell
 
“The book is very smart . . . [and] suggests something that has not been visible in the series’ previous entries: a creeping sadness in Reacher’s wanderings that, set here among the vast and empty landscapes of Wyoming, resembles the peculiarly solitary loneliness of the classic American hero. This return to form is also a hint of new ground to be covered.”Kirkus Reviews

Baker & Taylor
When Jack Reacher finds a West Point class ring in a pawn shop in Wisconsin, he starts searching for Major Serena Sanderson and fights his way through a biker gang and a South Dakota gangster to Wyoming.

Baker
& Taylor

Spotting a hard-won women's West Point class ring in a pawn shop, Jack Reacher fights a biker gang and a South Dakota gangster to discover the truth about the ring and why its owner sold it. By the best-selling author of Night School.
"#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child returns with a gripping new powerhouse thriller featuring Jack Reacher, "one of this century's most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes" (The Washington Post). Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan.The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not? So begins a harrowing journey that takes Reacher through the upper Midwest, from a lowlife bar on the sad side of a small town toa dirt-blown crossroads in the middle of nowhere, encountering bikers, cops, crooks, muscle, and a missing persons PI who wears a suit and a tie in the Wyoming wilderness. The deeper Reacher digs, and the more he learns, the more dangerous the terrain becomes. Turns out the ring was just a small link in a far darker chain. Powerful forces are guarding a vast criminal enterprise. Some lines should never be crossed. But then, neither should Reacher. Praise for #1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series "There's a reason why Child is considered the best of the best in the thriller genre."--Associated Press "Jack Reacher is today's James Bond."--Ken Follett"--

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2017
ISBN: 9780399593482
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY CHI
Characteristics: 368 p. ;,24 cm.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

She had written, “You’re like New York City. I love to visit, but I could never live there.”
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There had been Iraq, and there had been Afghanistan:2005 had been a tough year to graduate.
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People donate things and take the deduction. Mostly old cars and boats. But other things too. The guy gives them an inflated receipt for their tax returns, and then he sells the things he gets wherever he can, for whatever he can, and then he cuts a check to the charity.
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Reacher put his left fist on the table. The size of a supermarket chicken. Long thick fingers with knuckles like walnuts.
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He had seen elbows and feet, and he improvised a kind of all-purpose defensive posture against either, but Reacher ignored both and took the last unexpected stride at full speed, and seamlessly head-butted the guy full on the bridge of the nose. Moving mass and momentum. You bet your ass. Game over, right there. A second and a half.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

Being dumb wasn’t a capital crime. Wasn’t a crime at all, in fact. Merely a handicap.
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Bigfoot. She got the gist. A mythic ape-man, hairy, seven feet tall, from the Northwest woods.
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There was a dog on the back seat. Like a German Shepherd, but bigger. About the size of a pony. Maybe a freak mutation. It had teeth the size of rifle ammunition.
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“Who or what is Bigfoot?” She said, “He’s a giant ape-man who lives in the woods. On the slopes in the Northwest. About seven feet tall and covered in hair. Eats bears and cattle. One rancher lost a thousand head, over the years.” “Where was this?” “Nowhere,” the secretary said. “It’s imaginary. Like a fairytale.”

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

There’s something out there. The oldest fear in human history.
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Reacher walked the length of the motel to an area near the fuel pumps, where a kind of unofficial hitchhiking market was being run, by a homeless-looking guy wearing a coat tied up with rope. He would collect the desired destination from each new arriving hitchhiker, and then he would walk around shouting it out to the drivers in line for the pumps, and sooner or later one or another would wave and agree to some particular destination, and the lucky hitchhiker would tip the shouting guy a dollar and climb up in the cab.
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This door must remain unlocked during business hours. To act as a fire escape for the cook. Another necessary amenity. Greasy spoon kitchens burned like napalm.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

Reacher saw a petite Asian woman, wearing a black skirt suit like a uniform. Five feet nothing, maybe ninety-five pounds soaking wet.
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… reckless. There’s a clue in the word. Reck comes from reckon, and I felt I did more reckoning than most folks. Not less.
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Privately Nakamura felt his brush with death had produced an epiphany. He was afraid of being forgotten.
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Reacher. He found a West Point class ring in a pawn shop and he’s tracing its provenance.” “Like a hobby?” “No, like a matter of military honor. Like a moral obligation. Verging on the sentimental, in my opinion.
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“I saw him, boss. You could put him in a zoo.”
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Reacher stood still. He had choices. Life was full of them.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

He was tall and thin. Maybe six feet two. Maybe a hundred sixty pounds. But only if he had a dollar’s worth of pennies in his pocket. All skin and bone, and awkward as a stepladder.
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I could rip your arm off and beat you to death with it, and they wouldn’t stop me. They’d sell tickets instead.
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From time to time trucks would pass the bus, slowly, sometimes spending a whole minute alongside, edging ahead imperceptibly. Reacher was eye to eye with their drivers, across their empty cabs. Old men, all of them.
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“The Incredible Hulk? I thought I was Bigfoot. These guys need to make up their minds.”
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About sixty miles from here. Maybe seventy. That’s about two blocks away, by Wyoming standards.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

“You took a risk coming here.” “Getting up in the morning is a risk. Anything could happen.”
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Aspen groves blazed like flares on the slopes. Whole copses of hundreds of separate trees, but all joined together underground by a single root. An aspen wood was all one organism. The largest living thing on earth.
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“What would be the army approach? Set the place on fire?” “No, that would be the Marine Corps approach. The army would conduct a careful survey of the exterior, and by great good fortune would discover a pane of glass previously broken by persons unknown, at a previous time, maybe long ago, or even just recently, which if true would reasonably suggest an ongoing emergency inside, which in turn would justify a good look around. I don’t think the Supreme Court could argue with that.”

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

“This is Wyoming. They drive epic distances for a loaf of bread. For a girlfriend, two hours, maybe. A hundred miles.”
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Everyone lives twenty miles from everyone else.
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Bramall told a joke about about a lawyer who died and got to the pearly gates. Not fair, he said. I’m only forty-five. Saint Pete said no, we got a new system. Now we do it by billable hours. According to our records you’re 153.
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The corporations took eighty years to get back in the heroin business. They came in the side door. By that time in history heroin itself had negative PR. Nothing more than underworld squalor and a bunch of dead rock singers. Kind of sordid. So they made a synthetic version. A chemical copy.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

Addicts are other people, with a dirty needle in a toilet stall. What they have is a pharmaceutical product, made in a lab, by pretty girls in masks who hold test tubes up to the light, with wondrous concern radiating from their clear blue eyes. They’ve seen it on the television, in the breaks between innings. But in fact they’re running worse risks. Those patches ain’t made for licking. Fifty thousand people died last year. Regular folk. Four times as many as got killed in gun crimes.
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“Do you know what an accessory is?” “Something you put on your truck.” “Also a legal word,” Reacher said. “It means if you know a secret, and you don’t tell, then you go to jail too. …”
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I couldn’t get in. They’re sealed tighter than a duck’s butt on a choppy day. I
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“Sometimes,” Reacher said. “How often?” “More than never. Less than always.”

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

The café was a new-age place, with all kinds of healing juices, and sandwiches Reacher figured had been put together by a blind man. All kinds of random ingredients. Huge seeds in the bread. Like sawdust mixed with ball bearings.
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“You think virtue is its own reward?” “I don’t know much about virtue. I just want to find out what happened. I can’t charge money for a private satisfaction.”
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“Who are they?” “Cowboys,” Reacher said. “Weaned on beef jerky and fried rattlesnake.”
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“Cowboys are the worst,” Reacher said. “Not much I can do to them, that a horse already hasn’t.”
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Sometimes you woke up, and you knew for sure, from history and experience and weary intuition, that the brand new day would bring nothing good at all.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

High overhead ravens circled, and looked, and thought not yet, and soared away.
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“You wanted to know the story.” “I got most of it,” Reacher said. “I got to the part where it ends about twenty miles before the road runs out.”
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That’s the hall of fame right there. You could put that on your tombstone. She led her soldiers well. An infantry officer couldn’t hear finer words than those.
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They’re shrinks. You said so yourself. They overcomplicate things. If you hear hoof beats, you look for horses, not zebras.
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He took scissors from his glove box, and he cut a quarter-inch strip off the patch, and he slipped it under his tongue. Sublingual, it was called. Another magazine in the same salon said it was the best method of all.

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lindab2662 Dec 10, 2017

Jack Reacher is back in top form with Midnight Line. A unique story line that ties the current opioid addiction back to the addictions of the civil war and WWI. It gave me a lot to think about while sending Reacher on another rabbit trail. Kept me guessing until the end. Child also confirms that Reacher is a whole lot bigger and better than puny Tom Cruise.

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USAF1969
Dec 07, 2017

After I read THE MIDNIGHT LINE by Lee Child, I thought this was his best yet. But then, I probably think that after I read each new Jack Reacher story when it comes out. Child has a great franchise here and it never seems to stop being great. This one is good because it is about a veteran honoring another veteran and at the same time addressing the issue of the epidemic of black-market in pain-killers. Well done Mr. Child, and please hurry up and write the next Reacher blockbuster.

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gloryb
Dec 02, 2017

Luckily I found this book on the "Express takeout shelf" so I didn't have to wait in line to read this novel. Reader's of Child's books know that much of the book will involve descriptions of travelling the countryside without seemingly much happening until about the middle of the book. Then the book becomes really interesting to read as the plot rushes towards the climax of the story. In this novel, the reader travels with Jack Reacher along Wyoming's back roads in order to locate an ex-army major, a female. I like how Child portrays Reacher's thought processes in figuring out why she would have sold her class ring, where she might be hiding out and why, and how to catch a large ring of drug dealers. The focus of this story is about wounded veterans who develop a drug dependency on their pain killers. Be prepared to read many paragraphs about the effects such drugs have on the user. Child's description of that effect may answer the question of why people take these kinds of drugs in the first place. Looking forward to further action in Kansas in Child's next Jack Reacher novel.

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kylie11
Dec 01, 2017

Not up to Lee Child/ Jack Reacher expectations; it's almost as if a book in the series was expected for the season, but not enough thought/time went into it - & adding the extra pages everyone seems to want now-a-days. Still, I'll read the next one.....

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genepy
Dec 01, 2017

A good , solid story but way too long ! John Lee’s incredible performance
In the audio version helps maintaining the suspense . Once again Jack Reacher ‘s
empathy , heroic skills and droiture are admirable and thrill his fans .

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dorothy1
Nov 28, 2017

Another satisfying read in the Jack Reacher series: this time Reacher chases a mystery through Wisconsin and Wyoming, where the terrain is just as dangerous as the criminals he encounters.

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Bookworm1562
Nov 25, 2017

I'm a big fan of Lee Child and his Reacher series. This book started with a good plot and then got overly tied down in the world opiates and addiction. Child had a good story line here, but it just got tiring about half way through.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

Reacher in his prime again doing what he does best, beating up thugs and righting wrongs. Our journey began when Reacher found a West Point class ring in a pawn shop. In tracing its provenance, he led us to the business of opiate trade and addiction. Reminds me of "Echo Burning 2001" that the characters had to drive long distances every time they needed to go from one place to the next. (About sixty miles from here. Maybe seventy. That’s about two blocks away, by Wyoming standards.) One of the best Reacher reads.

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theequ1nn
Nov 20, 2017

The author covers a lot of territory in this novel. Very informative, seems to have much more
humor than any others I have read of his. Good movie material. May be his best.

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RescueDog
Nov 16, 2017

This book is different. For once, Reacher gets himself into the plot. Usually, he’s just wandering around until he gets sucked into somebody else’s problem(s). This time, he finds a ring where there shouldn’t be a ring & sets off on his own adventure to find the owner. I liked that. I liked him being more open & cooperative with the authorities. I agree with other reviewers that these books are getting too long. That’s why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.

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