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Winner of the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year prize, starring today's most admired action hero, the gallant and enigmatic loner Jack Reacher.

Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the new blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise.GET READY FOR THE MOST EXCITING COUNT-DOWN OF YOUR LIFE

Icy winter in South Dakota. A bus skids and crashes in a gathering storm. On the back seat: Jack Reacher, hitching a ride to nowhere. A life without baggage has many advantages. And disadvantages too, like facing the arctic cold without a coat.

A small town is threatened by sinister forces. One brave woman is standing up for justice.If she's going to live to testify, she'll need help from a man like Reacher.Because there's a killercoming for her.

Has Reacher finally met his match? He doesn't want to put the world to rights. He just doesn't like people who put it to wrongs.


Child has somehow forged that magical grail: a new and believable hero. Reacher is strong, tall, principled and a quiet master in unarmed combat. But he's also a wizard at determining likelihoods, at extrapolating miniscule details and thus forming chains of inferred logic... celebrate the achievement of giving us addicts a new and mesmerising fix, when we thought all the heroes had been written

Euan Ferguson, Observer

It is always a pleasure to read another Jack Reacher novel. A kind of highlight of the year, really. There is only one downside. It's all the other people hanging around your house saying things like, "Oy! Haven't you finished with the Reacher yet?

Andy Martin, Independent

Reacher is an iconic modern thriller hero: the ultimate loner... won't disappoint the British-born Child's millions of fans... Fast, compelling and with that nugget of poignancy that sets the hero apart

Daily Mail

Explodes into one of the best thrillers I've read for ages. Lee Child is a Brit who has managed to becomes more American than most US authors... 61 Hours is destined to do big things... Superb stuff!

Independent on Sunday

This is the first of Lee Child's popular Jack Reacher novels I've read. I'd assumed they were merely the macho adventures of a boneheaded lone wolf: lots of guns and explosions and little to occupy the mind. Well, I was wrong: there's also an abundance of intelligence and surprise. 61 Hours is a first-class thriller... Child delivers it brilliantly

Mail on Sunday

In many ways it's the most climactic Reacher ever... There's a sequel planned for this autumn. Can't wait!


One of the many delights of Child's extraordinary sequence of novels is Reacher's 360-degree intelligence... there are now Lee Child copycats aplenty. Save your money for the real thing


Child spins a great yarn, his descriptive powers are austere yet glorious... He could take out Bond, Dirty Harry, Jason Bourne and Ethan Hunt with both hands tied behind his back. And then sleep with their girlfriends two at a time before getting the last bus out of town. All without untying his hands. The Reacher novels are literary beat-'em-ups for the pre-console generation. They are, like the hero, simply irresistible


As always with Child, the hook is smart, the plot possibilities are given a thorough workout, and the tension bites as hard as the South Dakota windchill

Christopher Fowler, Financial Times

A storyteller who knows a lot about style... Watching the clock underscores the tension that Child builds so well. You do and you don't want it all to end

Sydney Morning Herald

Lee Child certainly knows by now how to screw up the tension with excruciating precision, but here excels himself with a beautifully paced tale that leaves the reader breathless with suspense as the final hours tick away

Irish Independent

Craftiest and most highly evolved of Lee Child's electrifying Jack Reacher books... That legend of a tough, cerebral drifter, a latter-day 6-foot-5-inch cowboy... has now taken on a life of its own... The truth about Reacher gets better and better

Janet Maslin, The New York Times

A Hitchockian escalation of tension... brings to mind another iconic Jack (Bauer, from the TV series 24)... works disturbingly well

Daily Telegraph

The writing's superb, and the plot's gripping and completely believable. A real page-turner

News of the World

A powerhouse of tension and nail-biting suspense... an excellent and masterful work of fiction

Catholic Herald

It would be foolish to call 61 Hours the best Reacher adventure yet, since they're all excellent... just that bit more thrilling than some of the others... another gripping, cunningly constructed, compellingly written thriller

Winnipeg Free Press

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Also by Lee Child

No Middle Name
Night School
Killing Floor
Make Me
Echo Burning
Die Trying
The Enemy
Gone Tomorrow
The Visitor
The Affair
A Wanted Man
Without Fail
Bad Luck And Trouble
The Hard Way
Never Go Back
Worth Dying For
Nothing To Lose
The Midnight Line
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Small Wars
Jack Reacher Omnibus: Killing Floor & Die Trying


Fool Me Once
Make Me
The Girl on the Train
The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Lying Game
Cold Blood
The Snowman
A Gentleman in Moscow
Best Laid Plans
The Lost Symbol
The 7th Function of Language
The Golden House
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Swing Time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North