The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher Series #22)

The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher Series #22)

by Lee Child

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER •  Lee Child returns with a gripping new powerhouse thriller featuring Jack Reacher, “one of this century’s most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes” (The Washington Post).

Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

So begins a harrowing journey that takes Reacher through the upper Midwest, from a lowlife bar on the sad side of small town to a dirt-blown crossroads in the middle of nowhere, encountering bikers, cops, crooks, muscle, and a missing persons PI who wears a suit and a tie in the Wyoming wilderness.

The deeper Reacher digs, and the more he learns, the more dangerous the terrain becomes. Turns out the ring was just a small link in a far darker chain. Powerful forces are guarding a vast criminal enterprise. Some lines should never be crossed. But then, neither should Reacher.

Praise for The Midnight Line
“Puts Reacher just where we want him.”The New York Times Book Review

“A gem.”Chicago Tribune
“A timely, suspenseful, morally complex thriller, one of the best I’ve read this year . . . Child weaves in a passionately told history of opioids in American life. . . . Child’s outrage over it is only just barely contained.”The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A perfect example of Lee Child’s talent . . . Lee Child is the master of plotting. . . . This is Child’s most emotional book to date. . . . This is not just a good story; it is a story with a purpose and a message.”Huffington Post
“I just read the new Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. . . . It is as good as they always are. I read every single one.”Malcolm Gladwell

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399593505
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Series: Jack Reacher Series
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 75,648
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lee Child is the author of twenty-two New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, thirteen of which have having reached the #1 position, and the complete Jack Reacher story collection, No Middle Name. All his novels have been optioned for major motion pictures—including Jack Reacher (based on One Shot) and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in one hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Child lives in New York City.


Birmingham, England

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Coventry, England


Sheffield University

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The Midnight Line 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 188 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it was Reacher in military mode like the early books, I wish the ‘government’ would sometimes use him in that capacity more often.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every Reacher novel, novella, and short story. In my opinion, this one falls about in the middle of the pack. A good plot with decent supporting characters, but very light on the action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If this was my first Jack Riecher book, it would have been my last. The only reason I finished it, I thought it would get better, it didn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No spoilers here . I read it in one sitting .enjoyed it .BUT it was a little heavier on emotion and slower on the action than most reacher novels
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No personel connection . No Reacher history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the best Jack Reacher but still a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is Lee Child having a ghost writer do his books or just phoning in some 15 minute plot. His last 3 books have lost all of the characteristics that made Jack Reacher books so interesting to read. This is the last Lee Child book that I am waste of money and time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised that this was written by Lee Child. It’s a shame. Very poorly written. I’ve read several books by him and enjoyed them. It would seem that this was the one that had to break his pattern.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boooorrrring. Child's books just get worse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall a disappointing book. Way too much explanation of his first fight with group of guys that it was too hard to figure what was happening. Must not be a beer drinker because you get foam on your lip drinking draft beer not bottle. Last two books have been disappointing so I think for me at least, Reacher has driven off in the sunset one last time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lee Child has James Patterson syndrome. Same story, less excitement, similar characters, snore. Rereading Bad Luck & Trouble to remember when Reacher kicked ass and the books were impossible to put down. Don't get me started on the munchkin Tom Cruise's horrific attempts at playing Reacher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read all of his books. I'm a big fan. I even pre-ordered this one. But I believe he has lost his steam. To much dialogugue. I found myself skimming papes, like 30 at a time just to get thru the book. I gave up on page 175, just too boring. Love the character, but something happened four books ago.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reacher does what he does best. Pick up a lead and follow it to a satisfying conclusion. Lee Child has been and will be my go to author. .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good Veteran's Day weekend read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, not a lot of action, too much build up, eh so so
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, Lee Child absorbed me for several hours in this newest Jack Reacher thriller. Taut, tension-filled and topical. Lee Child ALWAYS delivers. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How boring can you make a book, well Lee has managed with this Reacher tale. More description of fight moves and Jacks turkey sized fists. Jack should fade into the sunset permanently.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flat plot. Trying too hard to be current and left out the page turner value we expect of a Reach novel. At least with the heavy reminder of Reachers size there is no chance Tom Cruiz will get the role........what a major mistake that was!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not quite as exciting some of Reacher's past exploits. Still, it was engagiing and kept this reader wanting to know more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve read all the JR books and short stories. I’ve liked them all, some more than others, some less than others. I like the JR character. In this book, although I figured out the “catch” early, it didn’t hinder the story. And I always like how he’s straight forward and honest about the difficult things while still being able to show compassion when he does. Of course, you always love his “the step over the line” mentality, which seems to balance the scales of justice in this world. Another good JR book. LC has so many series with characters I like, down side is, writing books take to much time! I’m impatient.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the tale.