Worth Dying for

Worth Dying for

Book - 2010 | 1st ed. --
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"Jack Reacher is the coolest continuing series character now on offer."--Stephen King, in Entertainment Weekly
#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child follows the electrifying 61 Hours with his latest Reacher thriller--a story that hits the ground running and then accelerates all the way to a colossal showdown.

There's deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska . . . and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it's the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can't let go.

The Duncans want Reacher gone--and it's not just past secrets they're trying to hide. They're awaiting a secret shipment that's already late--and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy. For as dangerous as the Duncans are, they're just the bottom of a criminal food chain stretching halfway around the world.

For Reacher, it would have made much more sense to keep on going, to put some distance between himself and the hard-core trouble that's bearing down on him.

For Reacher, that was also impossible.

Worth Dying For is the kind of explosive thriller only Lee Child could write and only Jack Reacher could survive--a heart-racing page-turner no suspense fan will want to miss.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780385344319
Branch Call Number: FIC Child af 33164004317298 f 33.00 fic 283493 cpy 1 aurora
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Characteristics: 384 p. --


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Jason's Pick: "This book was recommended to me by a patron who was a fan of Lee Child. Normally, I wouldn’t start a series with the 15th book, but I was told that the Jack Reacher novels can stand on their own. I was expecting a procedural detective novel with a rule-abiding detective, but J... Read More »

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Dec 20, 2018

Mayhem is the main feature so it is a fast easy read. Child is starting to run out of good plots so he is borrowing from others in the field for plot lines. Time for Reacher to go away and for the author to try something new, he actually can write a decent novel if he puts his mind too it, the early books were much more interesting.

Oct 25, 2018

Another winner from an author with a true narrative gift who draws you in and won't let go. Lee Child pits Reacher against unspeakable evil yet again and the only solution is a myriad of dead bodies because Child doesn't tidy up the way other authors would be tempted to.

Jul 26, 2018

Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels are my guilty pleasure: Over the years, I've read them all, and now am re-reading them...and oh they are so delish! This felt like a stronger entry in the series, and I love the game of musical chairs played with the vehicles, and the colorful cast of Cornhusker football players. As usual, Reacher kicks butt and solves the case or crime, and am looking forward to the new novel in November 2018.

Feb 17, 2018

All the usual Reacher story features, except sex. Though with its gruesome underlying mystery, this is definitely not kid-friendly as a result. Our Jack deals out dozens of torn-up knees and elbows; any reader who is an orthopedic surgeon will especially experience a thrill of horror running down their spine. Oh, wait, spoiler alert: one bad guy really does meet his Maker with a broken spine.

kdwaynec May 04, 2016

Nothing new here. Reacher gets involved in some innocent peoples lives, kicks some bad guy a$$, continues on to his next adventure. Love it!! I have a mental picture of Reacher in my head, and it is not Tom Cruise!

Aug 29, 2013


Mar 12, 2013

A fun read. Very unbelievable in both plot and action sequences, nevertheless it had me flipping pages. The ending is somewhat disappointing.

Sep 22, 2012

A good read. The outcome suitable for all concerned

Aug 21, 2012

I like the Reacher novels where he travels to small towns in different states and gets rid of the bad guys. I got a kick out of Child's description of the bad guys driving his van with its loaded cargo along HI 3 in BC after picking it up in the port of Vancouver. Child describes this journey to its end where the driver uses a dirt road to cross the unmanned Sask/US border. Even in the cornfields of the American mid-West, Reacher finds farmers who need to be freed from the strong arm hold of a neighboring extortionist trucker family whom the farmers depend on to move their crops off the farm. This storyline is intermixed with human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Reacher, the good guy, does bad things to make right a situation gone rotten.

Mar 23, 2012

Jack Reacher is terrific!! 'nough said.

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Feb 08, 2017

“I knew it,” Reacher said again. An old, old process, exploited by fortune-tellers everywhere. Steer a guy through an endless series of yes-no, right-wrong questions, and in no time at all a convincing illusion of intimacy built itself up. A simple psychological trick, sharpened by listening carefully to answers, feeling the way, and playing the odds. Most people who wore nametags every day forgot they had them on, at least initially. And a lot of heartland cops were ex-military. Way more than the average. And even if they weren’t, most of them had big families. Lots of brothers and cousins.
Reacher was spending no time on regret or recrimination. No time at all. The time for ruing mistakes and learning from them came later. As always he was focused in the present and the immediate future. People who wasted time and energy cursing recent errors were certain losers.

Feb 08, 2017

Intermodal shipping containers were corrugated metal boxes. They could be easily swapped between different modes of transport, like ships, or railroad flatcars, or semitrucks. Hence, intermodal. They were all a little more than eight feet high and eight feet wide. The shortest and rarest were twenty feet long. Most were forty feet long, or forty-five, or forty-eight, or fifty-three. But traffic was always measured by reference to the basic minimum length, in multiples called twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs. A twenty-foot container was scored as a one, a forty-foot as a two, and so on. Port Metro Vancouver handled two million TEUs a year.
BIC was the Bureau International des Containers, which was headquartered in Paris, France, and the code was a combination of four letters from the Latin alphabet and seven numbers.

Jul 11, 2014

Outside, the sun continued to climb and the light grew a little stronger. The air was damp and heavy, cold and dense, the kind of air that keeps a baseball inside the park, the kind of air that cradles a bullet and holds it straight and true.
Enough, a person might say, if that person lived in the civilized world, the world of movies and television and fair play and decent restraint. But Reacher didn’t live there. He lived in a world where you don’t start fights but you sure as hell finish them, and you don’t lose them either, and he was the inheritor of generations of hard-won wisdom that said the best way to lose them was to assume they were over when they weren’t yet.
They were from Vegas, which as always meant they were really from somewhere else.

Jul 11, 2014

Reacher said, ‘It’s make-your-mind-up time, boys. Either do what I tell you, or get shot.’
All bullies are cowards, but these two had a little more pussy in them than he had guessed. They had a shotgun, for God’s sake, and he assumed they had found a flashlight. What the hell were they waiting for? Permission? Their mommies? He waited.
Case in point: bad choice of weapons. Best are shooting weapons, second best are stabbing weapons, third best are slashing weapons. Blunt instruments are way down the list. They slow hand speed. Their uncontrolled momentum is disadvantageous after a miss. And: If you have to use them, the backhand is the only way to go, so that you accelerate and strike in the same sudden fluid motion.

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Apr 06, 2019

teamfreak16 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

rprivette May 17, 2011

rprivette thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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Apr 06, 2019

Hulking, highly-intelligent, highly-trained former military policeman turned drifter Jack Reacher is drinking coffee in a motel bar in rural Nebraska, when he ends up driving the drunken local doctor to a housecall, and takes offense to the fact that a man has beaten his wife. Reacher tracks the man, Seth Duncan, down, and gives him a taste of his own medicine.

Seth Duncan, however, is a member of the Duncan family, who run the county through intimidation, and Reacher soon finds himself waging a one man war against the criminal Duncan clan. And while Reacher just wants to get to Virginia, he becomes interested in solving a 25-year old cold case of a missing eight year old girl.

And the body count continues to rise.

It's typical Jack Reacher, and although there's no love interest this time, the violence quotient is more than satisfactory.

Probably not the ideal jumping in point to the series, but a fun Reacher read nonetheless.

rprivette May 17, 2011

Why is Jack Reacher hitchhiking through Nebraska in the dead of winter?
How does he stay in such great shape so that he can pound the living daylights out of multiple attackers?!

The retired MP (Major?) rights wrongs wherever he walks/hitches. In this town he stumbles 1st upon a woman who is being beaten by her husband and exposes the husbands' family as bad guys. The bad family has kept the town hostage for years. Jack cleans this mess up and also solves a decades old murder.

Amazing. Maybe this routine is getting a bit worn out.


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rprivette May 17, 2011

Violence: not as violent a video games. hand to hand beatings

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