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Past Tense

Past Tense

Lee Child

Scott

Lee Child (http://www.leechild.com/) sells crime thriller novels on a shipping container scale. His legion of devoted readers mark their diaries with the expected date of character Jack Reacher’s next outing. This one will be November 2018. Library shelves are empty at the places where his fiction is stored, and reservation lists are long. There is clearly a market for Child’s hard boiled commercial writing style. Short sentences are more easily digested, and to make things easier Child even spares the reader the challenge of coping with a verb. Child truly satisfies the infantile mind.

 

In Child’s umpteenth ‘novel’, you’re going to enjoy the following story. Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What’s one extra day? He takes the detour. At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they’re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. It’s a strange place, but it’s all there is.

 
The next morning, in the city clerk’s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He’s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place? As Reacher explores his father’s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly. OMG.

 

Check if this complete drivel is in stock at your local library here by consulting the online catalogue at

https://www.sllclibrary.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/BSEARCH

 

416 pages in Bantam Press

First published 2018

ISBN  978-0593078198

 

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