No Middle Name

No Middle Name

The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories

Book - 2017
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Get ready for the ultimate Jack Reacher experience: a thrilling new novella and eleven previously published stories, together for the first time in one pulse-pounding collection from Lee Child.

No Middle Name begins with "Too Much Time," a brand-new work of short fiction that finds Reacher in a hollowed-out town in Maine, where he witnesses a random bag-snatching but sees much more than a simple crime. "Small Wars" takes readers back to 1989, when Reacher is an MP assigned to solve the brutal murder of a young officer found along an isolated forest road in Georgia--and whose killer may be hiding in plain sight. In "Not a Drill," Reacher tries to take some downtime, but a pleasant hike in Maine turns into a walk on the wild side--and perhaps something far more sinister. "High Heat" time-hops to 1977, when Reacher is a teenager in sweltering New York City during a sudden blackout that awakens the dark side of the city that never sleeps. Okinawa is the setting of "Second Son," which reveals the pivotal moment when young Reacher's sharp "lizard brain" becomes just as important as his muscle. In "Deep Down," Reacher tracks down a spy by matching wits with four formidable females--three of whom are clean, but the fourth may prove fatal. Rounding out the collection are "Guy Walks into a Bar," "James Penney's New Identity," "Everyone Talks," "The Picture of the Lonely Diner," "Maybe They Have a Tradition," and "No Room at the Motel."

No suitcase. No destination. No middle name. No matter how far Reacher travels off the beaten path, trouble always finds him. Feel bad for trouble.

Praise for No Middle Name
"Captivating . . . classic [Lee] Child . . . This volume demonstrates what his fans already know: he's a born storyteller and an astute observer." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Lee Child, like his creation, always knows exactly what he's doing--and he does it well. Time in his company is never wasted." -- Evening Standard
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399593574
Branch Call Number: CHILD L
Characteristics: 418 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 12, 2019

"To each, their own " said the farmer as he kissed his cow.
Each reader has his or her own tastes. For me, I found these short stories more enjoyable and engaging than many of the novels. Succinct, free of minor plot complications, and with an economy of language that kicked the story line along. I personally would rate this a " must read" for the Childs audience.

Oct 25, 2018

I liked the first few books but I did not read them in order (but I think I approximated the order). In the later books, the bad guys are just crazy 2-d figures who do horrible things to people - like really, really despicable things and he gives them a quick, clean death. If he is going to such great lengths to make his bad guys so completely bad, he should have them die a horrible death - but that is not Reacher's style. I think i read about 20 of them because I was sitting with an ill relative and there was nothing else to do. There is only one I want to read and that is the one where he smashes a general's head into his desk leaving a dent for others to marvel at.

Oct 01, 2018

I thought that short stories would not be able to do justice to Reacher's prowess; however, much to my surprise, each of the short stories in this collection was complete and just the right length. I would almost go so far as to say the short stories are a better platform for Reacher than a full length novel which tends to get repetitive. This collection starts with Reacher as a boy and continues till he is 'retired.' Vintage Reacher.

Jan 12, 2018

Commented on Jul 29, 2017

5 are previously published novelettes as ebooks or bonus in earlier novels. Other than the new entry, “Too Much Time,” the rest are short adventures that spanned over the course of hours to a couple of days during the big guy's aimless travels over the years. More Reacher "secrets files" from the past please.

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Dec 30, 2017

Some good, some not so much but a nice way of showing us the young Reacher without reverting to endless flashbacks in his current novels. I have given up on Child due to his sell-out to Hollywood by allowing Tom Cruise to portray Reacher-a giant portrayed by a midget, go figure, the dollar reigns supreme.

Dec 14, 2017

This collection of short stories is a lot of fun to read. I particularly enjoyed the ones about young Jack Reacher.

Aug 18, 2017

I just love Jack Reacher, and this book didn't disappoint. Fast paced and action packed. A whole lot of ass kickin packaged in these short stories. Five stars from me!!
Lee has a new Reacher novel on the way called "Midnight Line: a Jack Reacher novel". Better put your hold request in fast because there's only 25 copies on order at the library.

Aug 03, 2017

Not a bad summer read - enjoyed the young Reacher stories...

Jul 20, 2017

Total disappointment! Lee Child just cashed in on his reputation with the Reacher novels by writing this drivel for an easy paycheck. Stick to what you know, and short story writing is not Child's forte. 1/5 stars.

Jul 13, 2017

Love Jack Reacher books, but this was my least favorite. Most of the stories were not the Jack Reacher we're generally accustomed to

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Feb 04, 2018

Other: I love this series. Of course some of the books are a swing and a miss but as I get towards the end I always savor it and read slower.

Feb 04, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: See the "Sexual Content" comments above.

Feb 04, 2018

Sexual Content: Yes. My only request for me Lee Child is that maybe he type slower so I can finish my...wait, never mind. I just wanna know where the 58 year old Jack Reacher is getting his viagra and testosterone replacement therapy.

Feb 04, 2018

Violence: I enjoy the way a writer that when he speaks sounds like he should be the butler on "Downtown Abbey" can come up with fight scenes that are so impossible that Tom Cruise can look competent doing them in a movie.

Feb 04, 2018

Coarse Language: Of course there is language...its a book, duh!!!!


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Feb 04, 2018

LLOYD A RIDER thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 98


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