The Midnight Line

The Midnight Line

Large Print - 2017
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"Reacher is taking the bus north from Milwaukee, and at a comfort stop in Wisconsin he takes a stroll. Among the cheap junk in a pawn shop window he notices a West Point class ring for sale. It's tiny. A woman cadet's ring. Why would she pawn it? Reacher knows what Serena Sanderson must have gone through to get it. In following the trail of the ring, he'll have to fight through a biker gang and a South Dakota gangster, in search of Major Sanderson." -- (Source of summary not specified)
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525524434
0525524436
Characteristics: 518 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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Mattou
Nov 26, 2018

I liked many of the positive comments below and felt this was a strong Reacher outing. Also enjoy the non-traditional / illegal aspect to this one and in particular the unexpected romance.

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reader7176
Oct 27, 2018

This is a great book like the ones Child normally writes.

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cambridgedon
Jul 26, 2018

After reading the short story collection, 'No Middle Name' this is the first Jack Reacher novel I tried. The setting is evocative and a simple premise (a little slow to develop) turns into a well-developed story. Child is a skilful writer who makes even an old-timer like me rethink the ethical issues raised. Additionally, Child does not shy away from ugliness and portrays it with brutal, jarring honesty. There is no formulaic approach which makes Child very skilful and original.

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kmre_37
Jul 18, 2018

Having previously read most of his other books, this one was somewhat disappointing !

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chilidog12
May 30, 2018

this is besides the first jack reacher you read... is by far the best

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wildct2003
Apr 16, 2018

I think this is one of Reacher's worst adventures: an ok read, but the bad guys seem more like 2-bit hoods than anything else.

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KRandbarr
Apr 15, 2018

One of his best!! And they'll all good...

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talk2terih
Mar 31, 2018

I liked this book, actually rather more than I usually like the Reacher tales. The fights were still part of the story, but it was a story that contained fights, not a series of fights strung together by a story.

I don't know if Childs is moving in a different direction with Reacher or if this was a one off, but either way, I enjoyed it.

Great job in describing Wyoming and the Western mentality. He included a number of details and reactions that are common to the area and often missed by writers who have not spent much time in the Rockies and their surrounding land.

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7626dee
Mar 12, 2018

Best book in a long time in the Reacher series. Child is starting to have a discernible theme to his stories in this case the horrible treatment of our maimed and wounded warriors by an uncaring nation/political system. Always ready to throw them into the fray never ready to give a damn about them. Pentagon is equally at fault as these are their people and must be protected/cared for, forever if necessary that is the debt owed and the contract assumed.

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Dreamstime
Feb 26, 2018

Shockingly boring and ridiculously unrealistic. I think Child wrote this for the paycheck. Even Tom Cruise could not redeem this disappointing story.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

She had written, “You’re like New York City. I love to visit, but I could never live there.”
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There had been Iraq, and there had been Afghanistan:2005 had been a tough year to graduate.
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People donate things and take the deduction. Mostly old cars and boats. But other things too. The guy gives them an inflated receipt for their tax returns, and then he sells the things he gets wherever he can, for whatever he can, and then he cuts a check to the charity.
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Reacher put his left fist on the table. The size of a supermarket chicken. Long thick fingers with knuckles like walnuts.
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He had seen elbows and feet, and he improvised a kind of all-purpose defensive posture against either, but Reacher ignored both and took the last unexpected stride at full speed, and seamlessly head-butted the guy full on the bridge of the nose. Moving mass and momentum. You bet your ass. Game over, right there. A second and a half.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

Being dumb wasn’t a capital crime. Wasn’t a crime at all, in fact. Merely a handicap.
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Bigfoot. She got the gist. A mythic ape-man, hairy, seven feet tall, from the Northwest woods.
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There was a dog on the back seat. Like a German Shepherd, but bigger. About the size of a pony. Maybe a freak mutation. It had teeth the size of rifle ammunition.
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“Who or what is Bigfoot?” She said, “He’s a giant ape-man who lives in the woods. On the slopes in the Northwest. About seven feet tall and covered in hair. Eats bears and cattle. One rancher lost a thousand head, over the years.” “Where was this?” “Nowhere,” the secretary said. “It’s imaginary. Like a fairytale.”

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

There’s something out there. The oldest fear in human history.
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Reacher walked the length of the motel to an area near the fuel pumps, where a kind of unofficial hitchhiking market was being run, by a homeless-looking guy wearing a coat tied up with rope. He would collect the desired destination from each new arriving hitchhiker, and then he would walk around shouting it out to the drivers in line for the pumps, and sooner or later one or another would wave and agree to some particular destination, and the lucky hitchhiker would tip the shouting guy a dollar and climb up in the cab.
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This door must remain unlocked during business hours. To act as a fire escape for the cook. Another necessary amenity. Greasy spoon kitchens burned like napalm.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

Reacher saw a petite Asian woman, wearing a black skirt suit like a uniform. Five feet nothing, maybe ninety-five pounds soaking wet.
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… reckless. There’s a clue in the word. Reck comes from reckon, and I felt I did more reckoning than most folks. Not less.
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Privately Nakamura felt his brush with death had produced an epiphany. He was afraid of being forgotten.
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Reacher. He found a West Point class ring in a pawn shop and he’s tracing its provenance.” “Like a hobby?” “No, like a matter of military honor. Like a moral obligation. Verging on the sentimental, in my opinion.
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“I saw him, boss. You could put him in a zoo.”
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Reacher stood still. He had choices. Life was full of them.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

He was tall and thin. Maybe six feet two. Maybe a hundred sixty pounds. But only if he had a dollar’s worth of pennies in his pocket. All skin and bone, and awkward as a stepladder.
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I could rip your arm off and beat you to death with it, and they wouldn’t stop me. They’d sell tickets instead.
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From time to time trucks would pass the bus, slowly, sometimes spending a whole minute alongside, edging ahead imperceptibly. Reacher was eye to eye with their drivers, across their empty cabs. Old men, all of them.
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“The Incredible Hulk? I thought I was Bigfoot. These guys need to make up their minds.”
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About sixty miles from here. Maybe seventy. That’s about two blocks away, by Wyoming standards.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

“You took a risk coming here.” “Getting up in the morning is a risk. Anything could happen.”
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Aspen groves blazed like flares on the slopes. Whole copses of hundreds of separate trees, but all joined together underground by a single root. An aspen wood was all one organism. The largest living thing on earth.
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“What would be the army approach? Set the place on fire?” “No, that would be the Marine Corps approach. The army would conduct a careful survey of the exterior, and by great good fortune would discover a pane of glass previously broken by persons unknown, at a previous time, maybe long ago, or even just recently, which if true would reasonably suggest an ongoing emergency inside, which in turn would justify a good look around. I don’t think the Supreme Court could argue with that.”

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

“This is Wyoming. They drive epic distances for a loaf of bread. For a girlfriend, two hours, maybe. A hundred miles.”
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Everyone lives twenty miles from everyone else.
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Bramall told a joke about about a lawyer who died and got to the pearly gates. Not fair, he said. I’m only forty-five. Saint Pete said no, we got a new system. Now we do it by billable hours. According to our records you’re 153.
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The corporations took eighty years to get back in the heroin business. They came in the side door. By that time in history heroin itself had negative PR. Nothing more than underworld squalor and a bunch of dead rock singers. Kind of sordid. So they made a synthetic version. A chemical copy.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

Addicts are other people, with a dirty needle in a toilet stall. What they have is a pharmaceutical product, made in a lab, by pretty girls in masks who hold test tubes up to the light, with wondrous concern radiating from their clear blue eyes. They’ve seen it on the television, in the breaks between innings. But in fact they’re running worse risks. Those patches ain’t made for licking. Fifty thousand people died last year. Regular folk. Four times as many as got killed in gun crimes.
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“Do you know what an accessory is?” “Something you put on your truck.” “Also a legal word,” Reacher said. “It means if you know a secret, and you don’t tell, then you go to jail too. …”
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I couldn’t get in. They’re sealed tighter than a duck’s butt on a choppy day. I
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“Sometimes,” Reacher said. “How often?” “More than never. Less than always.”

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

The café was a new-age place, with all kinds of healing juices, and sandwiches Reacher figured had been put together by a blind man. All kinds of random ingredients. Huge seeds in the bread. Like sawdust mixed with ball bearings.
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“You think virtue is its own reward?” “I don’t know much about virtue. I just want to find out what happened. I can’t charge money for a private satisfaction.”
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“Who are they?” “Cowboys,” Reacher said. “Weaned on beef jerky and fried rattlesnake.”
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“Cowboys are the worst,” Reacher said. “Not much I can do to them, that a horse already hasn’t.”
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Sometimes you woke up, and you knew for sure, from history and experience and weary intuition, that the brand new day would bring nothing good at all.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

High overhead ravens circled, and looked, and thought not yet, and soared away.
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“You wanted to know the story.” “I got most of it,” Reacher said. “I got to the part where it ends about twenty miles before the road runs out.”
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That’s the hall of fame right there. You could put that on your tombstone. She led her soldiers well. An infantry officer couldn’t hear finer words than those.
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They’re shrinks. You said so yourself. They overcomplicate things. If you hear hoof beats, you look for horses, not zebras.
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He took scissors from his glove box, and he cut a quarter-inch strip off the patch, and he slipped it under his tongue. Sublingual, it was called. Another magazine in the same salon said it was the best method of all.

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