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No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories
     

No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories

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by Lee Child
 

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This hard-hitting collection of Jack Reacher fiction includes an original novella leading into The Midnight Line alongside nine reader favorites: Small Wars, Not a Drill, High Heat, Second Son, Deep Down, Guy Walks into a Bar, James Penney’s New Identity, Everyone Talks, and The Picture of the Lonely Diner.

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This hard-hitting collection of Jack Reacher fiction includes an original novella leading into The Midnight Line alongside nine reader favorites: Small Wars, Not a Drill, High Heat, Second Son, Deep Down, Guy Walks into a Bar, James Penney’s New Identity, Everyone Talks, and The Picture of the Lonely Diner.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 04/17/2017
Bestseller Child’s captivating collection includes 12 stories, some of novella length, which cover a lot of Jack Reacher’s life, before, during, and after his military career. In “Too Much Time,” the one tale not previously published, Reacher witnesses a robbery and deftly halts the thief in small-town Maine. The authorities want a statement, but soon Reacher’s charged with “felonious involvement”—a classic Child mash-up of deduction and action. In “Second Son,” set in 1974 in Guam, where the Reacher family has just been posted, 13-year-old Jack already knows how to deal with bullies and demonstrates his nascent investigative gifts. In “High Heat,” set on the night of the 1977 New York City blackout, teenage Reacher has a date, helps the FBI make a case against a mob boss/drug lord, and provides clues to the identity of serial killer Son of Sam. Though Child (Night School) is at his best in the longer entries, this volume demonstrates what his fans already know: he’s a born storyteller and an astute observer. Agent: Darley Anderson, Darley Anderson Literary. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
2017-04-04
A bushel of previously uncollected Jack Reacher stories brings the vagabond hero from childhood to hunkhood.Child's (Night School, 2016, etc.) hero, an ex-Army investigator whose travels always put him in the path of someone who needs his help, has shown a durability to match his popularity. The formula barely changes from novel to novel, but there's a pop-culture canniness to it that's irresistible. The fun of Reacher is his mix of Holmes-ian deductive genius, wisecracking insolence, and tough-guy muscle. He can find a cop on the take by witnessing the police response to a staged mugging or reduce a Mafia henchman to a bruised and bloody pile. The stories in this collection feel, at times, almost like fan fiction—especially the one in which a teenage Reacher finds himself wandering through New York City on the night of the 1977 blackout and, before dawn, helps a cop nail a drug kingpin, canoodles with a Sarah Lawrence coed, and delivers the tip that helps catch Son of Sam. But still, there's a kick in seeing the character so fully formed from such a young age in this story and the one in which he's an Army brat dealing with bullies at a new posting. And the short form is refreshing after the misfire of Child's last novel, in which the violence became unpleasant and the tone curdled. No such problem here. And it's encouraging that the novella Too Much Time, which leads into the next Reacher novel, feels like a return to form. These are tasty appetizers that will hopefully lead to a satisfying entree.
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Praise for No Middle Name
 
“Captivating . . . classic [Lee] Child . . . This volume demonstrates what his fans already know: he’s a born storyteller and an astute observer.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Lee Child, like his creation, always knows exactly what he’s doing—and he does it well. Time in his company is never wasted.”Evening Standard

Praise for Lee Child

“There’s a reason [Lee] Child is considered the best of the best in the thriller genre.”—Associated Press

“This series [is] utterly addictive.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Jack Reacher is today’s James Bond, a thriller hero we can’t get enough of. I read every one as soon as it appears.”—Ken Follett

“The Reacher novels are easily the best thriller series going.”—NPR

“Reacher’s just one of fiction’s great mysterious strangers.”—Maxim

“Irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399593574
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/16/2017
Series:
Jack Reacher Series
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
311
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

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 native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Birmingham, England
Date of Birth:
1954
Place of Birth:
Coventry, England
Education:
Sheffield University
Website:
http://www.leechild.com

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No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
All the stories are good. Short stories are fun for a change.
Anonymous 15 days ago
The bulk of the book is reissue of previous book. I really am a fan of Lee Child and Reacher but this is a rip off.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Each story was uniquely Reacher. Could not put it down. Kept saying only one more.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Fun read
Anonymous 30 days ago
Save your money. Very disappointing.
gloriafeit 4 months ago
From the publisher: Lee Child’s iconic anti-hero Jack Reacher is the stuff made of legend – a larger-than-life man who is “loved by women, feared by men, and respected by all”. Now, following twelve consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, Child offers the ultimate Reacher reading experience . . . which includes an exciting, all-new Reacher novella, as well as Child’s eleven previously published short stories featuring Reacher. This pulse-pounding collection marks the first time that all of Lee Child’s short fiction starring Reacher has been available in the same place at the same time. “No Middle Name” begins with “Too Much Time,” a new work of short fiction that finds Reacher in a hollowed-out town in Maine, where he witnesses a random bag-snatching but sees much more than a simple crime. In his trademark tight and propulsive prose, Child sets Reacher and his “lizard brain” off for a case where there is more than meets the eye – and Reacher, as always, won’t rest until a wrong is righted. The longest of these tales runs 68 pages, with most falling between 36 and 53 pages in length, the shortest running 4, 6, 10 and 11, but no matter the brevity or length, these are all tales of Jack Reacher, and that’s pretty much all it takes to make it a must read. The very first, referred to in the previous quoted paragraph, was written contemporaneously, in 2017; the others between 1999 and 2016. Reacher’s brother, Joe, makes an appearance more than once, which I found very interesting (Joe has been in previous books). As readers know, Reacher is a military cop, at present 35 years old, a major with twelve years in, with rare attributes: He is brilliant, with admirable reserves of intelligence and strengths (both mental and physical, at 6’ 5” and 250 pounds. In one of the tales, which takes place in Paris, Reacher is 13 years old; in another, he is 16, and in another he is approaching 17. One story is in Georgia, in 1989. A few of the stories take place in New York City, primarily in sites in or around area bars in Greenwich Village. (In another, Shea Stadium is referenced, with, unfortunately, the Mets losing to the Cubs by two to one. (Full disclosure: I am a die-hard Mets fan.) But Yankee Stadium gets a mention as well, although without a game in progress.) And two of the tales take place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, interestingly. So obviously there is a wide range of geography and time found here, but the most (only?) crucial thing can be summed up in two words: “Child” and “Reacher.” And what could be better than that? Highly recommended.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I waited for this "new book" and what do you get? A bunch of short stories, some of which I had already read, some that are 3 pages long and some that are nothing. Very, very disappointed!