The Hard Way (Jack Reacher Series #10)

The Hard Way (Jack Reacher Series #10)

by Lee Child
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The Hard Way (Jack Reacher Series #10) by Lee Child


Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money because Edward Lane, the man who paid it, would do anything to get his family back.

Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation. He will use any tool to find his beautiful wife and child. And Jack Reacher is the best manhunter in the world.

On the trail of vicious kidnappers, Reacher learns the chilling secrets of his employer’s past . . . and of a horrific drama in the heart of a nasty little war. He knows that Edward Lane is hiding something. Something dirty. Something big. But Reacher also knows this: He’s already in way too deep to stop now. And if he has to do it the hard way, he will.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440246008
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/19/2009
Series: Jack Reacher Series
Pages: 477
Sales rank: 23,239
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Lee Child is the author of nineteen New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, ten of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures; the first, 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, Lee Child lives in New York City.


Birmingham, England

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Coventry, England


Sheffield University

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The Hard Way (Jack Reacher Series #10) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 271 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the 10th in the Child's thriller franchise 'Jack Reacher'. I love Reacher and The Hard Way is the best. Reacher is ex-military and he lives off the books no phone, no address, carries his toothbrush in his pocket, no suitcase, and buys clothes, as he needs them. If you haven't read any of these exciting books, start with the Killing Floor. They don't have to be read in order, but when you're reading a series, knowing the back-story adds to your enjoyment of the current novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Typical Reacher!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another awesome read.
ncsu4str More than 1 year ago
But isnt that what some books should do? I enjoy the Reacher series. Jack rolls into town. Bad guys are doing bad things and reacher fixes them. Usually with violence. Add in a little romance. What more could a guy ask for.
AuntPru More than 1 year ago
Another great tale from Lee Child. The only bad thing about this book is that I can't read it fast enough! Every time I think I have it solved, something else pops up and it's back to square one. Like all his books, a REALLY GREAT READ! I've been working my way through the series from #1, and hate the thought of getting to the end of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It draws you in and you don't know what's going to happen next. Jack Reacher is a different type of hero,not a goodie goodie , but someone who tries to do what right.
Mikeeman More than 1 year ago
Reacher lives up to his boast of being a super investigator with enough twists and turns in the plot to keep the going-ons suspenseful. good read!!!
Fly2husker More than 1 year ago
I just love this series. It will be a sad day when I'm caught up on the series. Takes you through another journey of Jack Reacher, his challenges and how he wins at the end of the day. Great Read.
Reader42AS More than 1 year ago
Lee Childs is one of the few authors that I will walk into the book store and pick up a copy of his latest book and buy it without even reading the blurb on the cover. I know it will be good.
ZMAN43 More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a new author and series of books to read. I started with The Hard Way. It was good enough that I went back to the beginning and started working my way up. Its a great series and I'm really enjoying it. Up to #3 already. Jack Reacher is a great character. LOL though....anybody whose read his stories has got the be thinking the same thing I am....Tom Cruise? Really?????
hiwaystar More than 1 year ago
Jack Reacher is the definition of Bad A$$. If you like "take no prisoners" type characters with a pension for delivering street justice in a justifiably violent manner, then the Reacher series is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of his best, but definetly worth the read!
kkw More than 1 year ago
Typical Jack Reacher story. Lots of action, well put together. Still don't see how Tom Cruise will play Jack Reacher in the movies without a total rewrite.
beachpolly More than 1 year ago
There is a lot of violence in this very interesting story.
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of the series overall but there have been one or two "less than thrilling" thrill rides, including The Hard Way. The first two hundred pages or so are not at all exciting.....rather, they're nearly DULL. The story starts to shift a little and pick up right around the middle of the book and then BAM - the action, excitement and story itself all get rolling and do not stop. You definitely do not want to start with this book if you are new to the Jack Reacher series. If you're reading them in order, as I am, no need to skip this one. Just know it might take a little while to get into the story.
spiwow More than 1 year ago
My first Lee Childs. Nicely written - sequential and smooth; easy to follow, suspenseful to the end. My husband enjoyed too.
TheJakester More than 1 year ago
This was the first Reacher novel that I read. I was hooked from the first few pages. If you're looking for a hero to root for with wit and action, then Jack Reacher is the character for you. I've since read all of the other Reacher novels and they are all Jakester Recommendations.

As my good friend Billy said, "Lee Child's Reacher has spoiled me from other characters and authors. Life is too short to pass up reading a Reacher if you have one available".

Well said.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Lee Child's books. He never disappoints. The Jack Reacher character is compelling, and the plot lines keep you guessing. The only problem with his books are that once you get started you can't put them down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I chose this book because I wanted to listen to a book while I worked out. My local librarian suggested THE HARD WAY when I said I wanted a thriller, adventure type novel. I was not disappointed. After starting the story I became so interested in the plot that even after I finished my work-out I kept listening through some housework I had to do. And I couldn't stop listening so I dreamed up more housework to get done. Usually I don't like a lot of description in a novel because I think it slows the story but I thought Child did a very good job of balancing it with the faster paced, more interesting action and dialog. Child's hero, Reacher is ex-military and finds himself working for a sadistic mercernary whose wife has become kidnapped. He offers Reacher one million to find who took her. As the plot unravels, the reader and Reacher find it is difficult to tell who the real good guys are. I liked this story and would read another of Child's books. The actor reading THE HARD WAY did a fantastic job of different voices and acting out the parts, making my experience pleasant and entertaining. This novel helped me forget I was doing a boring work-out and tedious housework, so thank you Mr. Child. A. D. Tarbox, author of ALREADY ASLEEP and the six book NATURE'S BOUNTY series coming out August 2008
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first Reacher book -- I will read more! The only hero better is Spenser in the Robert Parker books. If you like ONE of these guys you must read the other at least once!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As we cannot smoke at work, I take my breaks in my car, where I always have a book handy. I can always read a few pages and then come back to it. After starting this book I found my breaks were getting a little longer then the alloted 10 mins. It got so I didn't want to put this thriller down. Finally had to bring it into my house where I sat and read all the rest of the book. This was my first of the Reacher series but I'll be buying all the rest. Lee Childs has me hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a total Jack Reacher addict and enjoyed this tenth book in the series despite a few continuity mistakes (like having a passport when he never has any ID with him as a point of annonimity...)The writing ws not quite as sharp as previous books, but still well worth the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Lee Child's books, and this one was as great as ever! I finished it in a day and a half. I'm not always a fan of Jack Reacher's vigilante methods, but in this case it made sense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With so many authors churning out 2 - 3 books a year it's a pleasure to have to wait for one of the few great artistic writers and characters still left. Never a disappointment. If you've never read a Lee Child novel before, what are you waiting for? If you have, you know what I'm talking about. Gotta admit, I accidentally got The Hard Way on CD before I got the book. It was the first time and boy was I glad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've never read a Lee Child thriller, you don't know what you are missing. If you are a fan of the genre, Lee Child is the under-rated master of this style. Jack Reacher is an intriguing and compelling character who never ceases to amaze. It is a page turner from beginning to end. Reacher continues to be the guy girls want and the guy other guys want to be.