One Shot - Lee Child

One Shot

By Lee Child

  • Release Date: 2005-06-14
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 479 Ratings

Description

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lee Child’s The Affair.

Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in—no phone, no address, no commitments–ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, Reacher’s arrival will change everything—about a case that isn’t what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot–and by doing so give Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.…

The gunman worked from a parking structure just thirty yards away–point-blank range for a trained military sniper like James Barr. His victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time. But why does Barr want Reacher at his side? There are good reasons why Reacher is the last person Barr would want to see. But when Reacher hears Barr’s own words, he understands. And a slam-dunk case explodes. Soon Reacher is teamed with a young defense lawyer who is working against her D.A. father and dueling with a prosecution team that has an explosive secret of its own. Like most things Reacher has known in life, this case is a complex battlefield. But, as always, in battle, Reacher is at his best.

Moving in the shadows, picking his spots, Reacher gets closer and closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. And for Reacher, the only way to take him down is to know his ruthlessness and respect his cunning–and then match him shot for shot….

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Reviews

  • One Shot

    4
    By Donnie55r
    Good plot, not many good subplots. Truly enjoyed the read and had to watch the movie immediately afterwords. Tom Cruise productions did a hatchet job on the ending. DH Read on my iBook.
  • Crime, toughness, suspense, intrigue, snappy dialogue all wrapped up in a '40s noir.

    5
    By MiniCooperMan
    This is my first Lee Child (Jack Reacher) novel, and after reading "A Tale of Two Cities" and "The Brothers Karamazov," I felt like reading something that would hold my interest without weighing me down, but also not make me feel that I was wasting my time :::drumroll::: "One Shot" was just the ticket. Compared to the book, the Reacher movie was sorta like that 70s to 80s candy that you'd put in your mouth and it would start fizzing away and by the time you got around to swallowing any of it there was nothing to swallow. You were sort of left with that feeling you get when you're right there ready to sneeze, and it vanishes leaving you thinking, I hate it when that happens. The relative ease with which the Reacher story was told reminded me of all of the "Jesse Stone" stories I plowed through (and watched). I just liked the pacing of the story, and the way the characters interacted, in each of them.
  • Best ever...

    5
    By 4ah
    This is by far the best in the Reacher series. Only thing I can't understand is how Lee Child let them ruin the movie and change the ending of it from the novel! Get Hollywood to screw up a fantastic book.
  • Top Notch Reacher

    5
    By N8Dawg777
    Full of twists and turns, this book is an excellent place to start if you're looking for an introduction into who Jack Reacher is. Though the movie is fun and entertaining, it isn't able to capture the intricate details that the book holds.
  • This is an awesome book!

    5
    By The shooter1234
    This is a great book, full of suspense and keeps you guessing to the end. Couldn't stop reading it!
  • Unexpectedly good

    4
    By Straysrus
    Having only read a few paragraphs of the different Reacher books and not getting hooked on any I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the movie. Thinking Tom Cruise did not match my idea of Reacher I was pleasantly surprised at the good job he did. Now I am looking at finally reading one to completion.
  • Very fun read

    5
    By Dvufbuf
    I am new to Lee Child but not the genre. I very much enjoyed the fast pace of the book as well as the authentic details and thinking who-done it mentality. The violence was not over the top, nor we're the sexual encounters( in this book minimal and respectful to women). This is a better read than the Patterson books by far. I think a person who enjoys a thinking man's game on the order of the Bourne books will enjoy this. Who cares if it is dislike the movie? That critique would be for the movie review, not the original.
  • One Shot...Bad Shot Tom Cruise...Seriously?!?

    4
    By TamraFun
    One Shot is my 5th Lee Child Novel. I love your writing Lee! But seriously, why did you approve Tom Cruise to be Jack Reacher? I am so disappointed at picturing Tom in that role; doesn't fit the character. Ray Liotta would have been ideal, perfect for playing Jack...looking like Jack! I'll continue reading your books Lee, but most likely not see the movie. Tom Cruise...bad taste.
  • One Dimensional

    2
    By spc777
    If paid by the word, Child made little money on this pricey paperback. More of a short story with unimaginable character and story development. Like a lot of these novels, simply writing short stories that are more like pulp fiction. Why choose this one for a movie is difficult to understand except maybe overplaying the potential sensuality for the degenerates who would like to see Cruise undress a woman in public.
  • One Shot

    4
    By Shirley ffz
    Who picked Tom Cruise to play Reacher? Not a good choice. So far all Lee Child books are great.
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