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High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella [NOOK Book]

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Thriller master Lee Child returns with an exclusive eBook novella. In the midst of a savage heat wave and an infamous murder spree, a blackout awakens the dark side of the city that never sleeps—and a young Jack Reacher takes action as only he can.

 
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High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella

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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Thriller master Lee Child returns with an exclusive eBook novella. In the midst of a savage heat wave and an infamous murder spree, a blackout awakens the dark side of the city that never sleeps—and a young Jack Reacher takes action as only he can.

 
Don’t miss the exciting preview of Lee Child’s highly anticipated Jack Reacher novel, Never Go Back!
 
July 1977. Jack Reacher is almost seventeen, and he stops in New York City on the way to visit his brother at West Point. The summer heat is suffocating, the city is bankrupt, and the mad gunman known as Son of Sam is still on the loose. Reacher meets a woman with a problem, and agrees to help her . . . but then the power grid fails and the lights go out, plunging the lawless city into chaos. What does a visiting teenager do in the dark? If that visiting teenager is Jack Reacher, the answer is plenty.
 
Praise for Lee Child and his Jack Reacher novels
 
“Jack Reacher is the coolest continuing series character now on offer.”—Stephen King, in Entertainment Weekly
 
“Like his hero, Jack Reacher, Lee Child seems to make no wrong steps.”—Associated Press
 
“The truth about Reacher gets better and better.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
“[A] feverishly thrilling series . . . With Child, you can always count on furious action.”—The Miami Herald
 
“One of the best thriller characters at work today.”Newsweek
 
“Jack Reacher is much more like the heir to the Op and Marlowe than Spenser ever was.”Esquire
 
“Widely admired by other writers as a master craftsman of action thrillers.”The Wall Street Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345546647
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Jack Reacher Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 2,974
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Lee Child
Lee Child is the author of eighteen New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, with eight having reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures; the first of which, Jack Reacher, was based on One Shot. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in almost a hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Child lives in New York City.

Biography

Lee Child was born in 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV's "golden age." During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars' worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment.

Lee has three homes —an apartment in Manhattan, a country house in the south of France, and whatever airplane cabin he happens to be in while traveling between the two. In the US he drives a supercharged Jaguar, which was built in Jaguar's Browns Lane plant, thirty yards from the hospital in which he was born.

Lee spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and watching the Yankees, Aston Villa, or Marseilles soccer. He is married with a grown-up daughter. He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise.

Good To Know

Lee Child is the author of sixteen Jack Reacher thrillers, including the New York Times bestsellers Persuader, The Enemy, One Shot, The Hard Way, and #1 bestsellers Bad Luck and Trouble and Nothing to Lose. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. Foreign rights in the Jack Reacher series have sold in forty territories. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures.

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    1. Hometown:
      Birmingham, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Coventry, England
    1. Education:
      Sheffield University
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    It was a good story, but would have been better if Jack was olde

    It was a good story, but would have been better if Jack was older than 16. I had a hard time envisioning a 16-year old doing/saying all the things at Jack did in this story. Short read, was still good, but not great.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

    Young Reacher is almost as good as Old Reacher.

    I have read all of Lee Childs books and this would not place high on my list of favorites. That said it was still a good read for a fan. Gives a bit of insight to the man Reacher becomes. Would I recommend it - not if it's your first Reacher book, start from the beginning and work your way up to this one.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Love Reacher but hated this book

    I waited with baited breather for this "teaser" to hold me over until the newest Reacher novel hit the stands. Alas, I was so disappointed. The story was so unbelievable. Even Reacher as a teenager could not have spouted off so much wisdom and knowhow. And Son of Sam - a bit farfetched. One pet peeve of mine - Mr. Child, you are too good of a writer to resort to cheap sex scenes to pull in readers. Not necessary. I have read every Reacher book and will continue to do so. It is the quality of writing that pulls me in and the fact that your books are so clean. That said, I can hardly wait for the new Reacher book as this did little to keep my attention.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Another great book from Lee Child

    I can't get enough of Lee Child. Why didn't he play Reacher...much better than "what's his name"...better looking too!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    A short novella. Would have liked to have more to digest. Still

    A short novella. Would have liked to have more to digest. Still great though. It was a little tough believing that a 16 year old would have the presence of mind that Reacher does in this book. But still very good.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Terrible

    Def NOT worth buying. Love Reacher books but this one i shld have skipped! 57 pages of driving around in NYC blackout. Dont waste your time or money. Very disappointing

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Extremely disappointed.

    I am a fan of Lee Child books, but this was a poorly written, super hero comic book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2013

    Not as worthy as the "adult" Reacher books

    Had this been the first Reacher book I read, I may not have read any more. The 16 year old Reacher character was not totally believable. I am glad that I started the Reacher books "out of order" (published date), as I fell in love with the adult Reacher's attitude, skills, and methods of handling things that came his way.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2013

    Very typical of Lee Child, very typical Jack Reacher, but had so

    Very typical of Lee Child, very typical Jack Reacher, but had some trouble accepting he was a 16-year-old in this one. The rationalization that it was his military upbringing that made him the way he was didn't quite work. Blackout AND Son of Sam... a bit of a stretch. That being said, I don't begrudge the money spent buying the book. It felt 'good' to be immersed in Child's voice.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Another Reacher Winner

    I've enjoyed virtually all of the Reacher series and this short story is no different. Lee Child writes well and adopting Coleridge's suspension of disbelief idea, this one is a real kick. All I had to do is accept that as a 17 year old on his own Reacher was and is a Superman and can pull all sorts of physical and mental tricks out of his hat. If you an accept that then you will enjoy this as much as I did.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    disappointed

    I am a mature woman and have always enjoyed reading reacher books, until now. I never worried about reading anything vulgar before. This was a short violent , for it's own sake and padded with sex for it's sake. Only about 57 pages and you kill off the only one that deserved better. Even in all the other "grown up" reacher books you (Child) were never like this. Very diasppointed.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Very cool for such hot weather

    I had forgotten I ordered it when I pre-ordered the next book for 9/3, so it was a great and welcome surprise to get it. I started reading it, and it took me awhile to realize that it takes place the night of the blackout in the 70s -- the same day we moved into our apartment and were at a party across town, and the hostess gave us all Hannukah candles to get down the 32 flights of stairs when the party stopped and the lights went out. I love this story. I think it might be the best of the short Reacher stories so far. Keep 'em coming, Mr. Child!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    Pretty awful book

    The Jack Reacher novels generally stretch credulity with a one man army. But this particular one is just so totally unbelievable. A 17 year old in New York takes on the mob on the one night of blackout in the 70s and is a dominant partner with a totally unbelievable FBI agent and if that wasn't enough, apparently is also responsible for tracking down Son of Sam! Ridiculous. And to top it all, the story itself is so poorly written. Lee Child obviously phoned this one in. Avoid it if you are a fan of Jack Reacher. This one is simply bad.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Highly Recommended! Deserves more than five stars!

    Fast pace and full of adventure! One of the best Jack Reacher novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Recommended - check it out

    however - it leaves you wanting more

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Good Jack Reacher read.

    Leaves you wanting more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Just as good as the rest of the Jack Reacher books

    I had read one other Novella from the Jack Reacher series in the past and was a little disappointed with it. Just a little. But this one is just as good as any other book in the series. If I had to say anything bad about it, it would have to be that it was a novella. I can't get enough of Jack Reacher so more would have been better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Great!!! Just like all Child's books!!

    What Reacher fan wouldn't love hearing about Jack's late teen years??

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Children

    Children please take your childish games elsewhere. This is a book review site for adults to talk about the book in question, not for you to to roleplay, text, sext, or play stupid cat games. Take it to a computer or a web site.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    Laurel

    Walks in and says hello then says let the girl go

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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