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Never Go Back

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Never Go Back

Jack Reacher Series, Book 18
by Lee Child
Jack Reacher has come a long way, but there are some who believe that his past has caught up with him. . . . Never Go Back is #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child's new novel of...More
Jack Reacher has come a long way, but there are some who believe that his past has caught up with him. . . . Never Go Back is #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child's new novel of...More
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  • Jack Reacher has come a long way, but there are some who believe that his past has caught up with him. . . . Never Go Back is #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child's new novel of action-charged suspense starring "one of the best thriller characters at work today" (Newsweek).

    In the dead of winter, former military cop Jack Reacher arrives at the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP, in the northeast corner of Washington, D.C. The sturdy stone building was the closest thing to a home he ever had.

    Reacher is there to meet--in person--the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. Maybe ask her out to dinner. But the CO sitting behind the desk is not a woman but a man who looks as if his weapon of choice is a number two pencil.

    More shocking is the news Reacher is hit with: a person of interest to the 110th has recently died as a direct result of a beating he suffered sixteen years ago. A beating that Reacher is accused of carrying out. What's more, the lieutenant colonel tells Reacher: "You're back in the army, major. And your ass is mine."

    Thrown for one loop too many, Reacher soon learns that Turner is being held at Fort Dyer for reasons unknown. Now Reacher must stay one step ahead of the army, FBI agents, Metro police, and four thugs, while setting out to free Turner and clear his name--especially when a second allegation gets way too personal.

    When threatened, a person either runs or he fights. Reacher fights.

    Combining an intricate puzzle of a plot and an exciting chase for truth and justice, Lee Child puts Reacher through his paces--and makes him question who he is, what he's done, and the very future of his untethered life on the open road.

    Praise for #1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series

    "Child is a superb craftsman of suspense."--Entertainment Weekly

    "The truth about Reacher gets better and better."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times


    From the Hardcover edition.

 
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    Chapter 1

    Eventually they put Reacher in a car and drove him to a motel a mile away, where the night clerk gave him a room, which had all the features Reacher expected, because he had seen such rooms a thousand times before. There was a raucous through-the-wall heater, which would be too noisy to sleep with, which would save the owner money on electricity. There were low-watt bulbs in all the fixtures, likewise. There was a low-pile carpet that after cleaning would dry in hours, so the room could rent again the same day. Not that the carpet would be cleaned often. It was dark and patterned and ideal for concealing stains. As was the bedspread. No doubt the shower would be weak and strangled, and the towels thin, and the soap small, and the shampoo cheap. The furniture was made of wood, all dark and bruised, and the television set was small and old, and the curtains were gray with grime.

    All as expected. Nothing he hadn't seen a thousand times before.

    But still dismal.

    So before even putting the key in his pocket he turned around and went back out to the lot. The air was cold, and a little damp. The middle of the evening, in the middle of winter, in the northeastern corner of Virginia. The lazy Potomac was not far away. Beyond it in the east, D.C.'s glow lit up the clouds. The nation's capital, where all kinds of things were going on.

    The car that had let him out was already driving away. Reacher watched its tail lights grow faint in the mist. After a moment they disappeared completely, and the world went quiet and still. Just for a minute. Then another car showed up, brisk and confident, like it knew where it was going. It turned into the lot. It was a plain sedan, dark in color. Almost certainly a government vehicle. It aimed for the motel office, but its headlight beams swung across Reacher's immobile form, and it changed direction, and came straight at him.

    Visitors. Purpose unknown, but the news would be either good or bad.

    The car stopped parallel with the building, as far in front of Reacher as his room was behind him, leaving him alone in the center of a space the size of a boxing ring. Two men got out of the car. Despite the chill they were dressed in T-shirts, tight and white, above the kind of athletic pants sprinters peel off seconds before a race. Both men looked more than six feet and two hundred pounds. Smaller than Reacher, but not by much. Both were military. That was clear. Reacher could tell by their haircuts. No civilian barber would be as pragmatic or brutal. The market wouldn't allow it.

    The guy from the passenger side tracked around the hood and formed up with the driver. The two of them stood there, side by side. Both wore sneakers on their feet, big and white and shapeless. Neither had been in the Middle East recently. No sunburn, no squint lines, no stress and strain in their eyes. Both were young, somewhere south of thirty. Technically Reacher was old enough to be their father. They were NCOs, he thought. Specialists, probably, not sergeants. They didn't look like sergeants. Not wise enough. The opposite, in fact. They had dull, blank faces.

    The guy from the passenger side said, "Are you Jack Reacher?"

    Reacher said, "Who's asking?"

    "We are."

    "And who are you?"

    "We're your legal advisors."

    Which they weren't, obviously. Reacher knew that. Army lawyers don't travel in pairs and breathe through their mouths. They were something else. Bad news, not good. In which case immediate action was always the best bet. Easy enough to mime sudden comprehension and an eager approach and a hand raised in...

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  • 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.

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