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The new Jack Reacher superseller for 2018: the most hotly anticipated thriller to be published this year!

From number one bestseller Lee Child, the thrilling new blockbuster featuring hero Jack Reacher. Reacher, the eternal drifter, happens by chance on the small New Hampshire town he remembers his father was supposed to have come from. But when he starts looking for his dad's old home, he finds there's no record of anyone named Reacher ever having lived there.

Reviews

Absolutely loved Past Tense – Lee Child just gets better and better, which is a very rare quality in a writer of a long-run series. Whip smart, always compelling, always fun, he is dangerously addictive.

Peter James

Jack Reacher is today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can't get enough of

Ken Follett

Sometimes you just want someone who can beat the s*** out of people! I pick up Jack Reacher when I’m in the mood for someone big to solve my problems

Patricia Cornwell

I loved it. One of the best.

Jonathan Ross

One of the sexiest characters in fiction.

Karin Slaughter

Loved [Past Tense]! Nothing makes for a great weekend quite like quality time with Jack .

Lisa Gardner

One of the best...hits the mark perfectly.

Joanne Harris, Goodreads

It’s Lee Child. Why would you not read it?

Karin Slaughter

Busy, bloody and ingenious

The Times

Child's writing seems unusually expressive in this novel...a reminder that Child is one writer who should never be taken for granted.

New York Times Book Review

Busy, bloody and ingenious

The Times

The pace picks up...the action becomes brutal, and we're led to an extremely satisfying conclusion...I'm becoming increasingly understanding of our appetite for fiction that features proper punishment for baddies. It's deeply comforting to escape into an imaginary world where we're all safe in Jack Reacher's gammon-joint sized hands.

Independent

Child is an excellent writer...As ever, the prose is precision-tooled.

Evening Standard

Lee Child shows no signs of slowing down. . . . Reacher is a man for whom the phrase moral compass was invented: His code determines his direction. . . . You need Jack Reacher.

Atlantic

The concision, procedural chops and terse, surprising action of Past Tense make it a fantastic read.

USA Today

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Formats & editions

  • Past Tense
    Lee Child

    Paperback

    9780857503626

    April 2, 2019

    Bantam

    480 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • Hardback

    9780593078198

    November 15, 2018

    Bantam Press

    416 pages

    RRP $55.00

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780593078204

    November 5, 2018

    Bantam Press

    416 pages

    RRP $38.00

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  • Audio CD

    9781786141422

    November 15, 2018

    Audiobooks

    RRP $55.00

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  • EBook

    9781473542303

    November 5, 2018

    Transworld Digital

    416 pages

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    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ
  • Audio CD

    9781524774318

    January 1, 2029

    Audio RH USA

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Extract

ONE

Jack Reacher caught the last of the summer sun in a small town on the coast of Maine, and then, like the birds in the sky above him, he began his long migration south. But not, he thought, straight down the coast. Not like the orioles and the buntings and the phoebes and the warblers and the ruby-throated hummingbirds. Instead he decided on a diagonal route, south and west, from the top right-hand corner of the country to the bottom left, maybe through Syracuse, and Cincinnati, and St Louis, and Oklahoma City, and Albuquerque, and onward all the way to San Diego. Which for an army guy like Reacher was a little too full of navy people, but which was otherwise a fine spot to start the winter.

It would be an epic road trip, and one he hadn’t made in years.

He was looking forward to it.

He didn’t get far.

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