One Shot


Pure, escapist gold...Reacher has amazing powers of deduction, a serious conscience and the occasional touch of tenderness. It's a wildly improbable mixture, one that can't be beat.

- The New York Times

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    One Shot is pure adrenaline, from its well-constructed setup to its explosive, unforgettable finale.

    —Miami Herald

    Elegant, logically constructed mysteries...Mr. Child's idea of heroism has nihilism around the edges but a fierce, fighting spirit at its core. In marked contrast to the brooding figures who otherwise dominate contemporary detective stories, Reacher is not one for self-doubt. His is a two-fisted decency. But Mr. Child also gives him amazing powers of deduction, a serious conscience and the occasional touch of tenderness. It's a wildly improbable mixture, one that can't be beat.

    —The New York Times
  • Reacher's heroic origins can be traced to the peripatetic knights of King Arthur's Court up through such self-appointed arbiters of justice as "Bulldog" Drummond, the Saint and James Bond and his brothers in spydom. There's also more than a shade of the great Sherlock in the way he reads people and situations. [T]he character is convincingly all-American, as hard-boiled as Mike Hammer or Sam Spade. [C]ompelling, furiously paced escapist fiction that doesn't stint on deduction, you should definitely follow murder suspect James Barr's example and "Get Jack Reacher."

    —Los Angeles Times

    Another taut thriller with plot twists and tension to the very end; fans will be torn between reading slowly to prolong their pleasure or skimming quickly to see how Reacher makes it out alive. Superlative suspense fiction by a master.

    —Library Journal
  • [R]eading entertainment at its very best. Lee Child can set the hook into the reader faster and deeper than any other writer... I defy you to read the first chapter or two of this book and then set it down. Just not gonna happen.

    —Deadly Pleasures

    Nothing is what it seems in the riveting puzzle, as vivid set pieces and rapid-fire dialogue culminate in a slam-bang showdown in the villains' lair. As usual, Child makes the most of Reacher's dry wit, cut-to-the-chase psychology and stubborn taciturnity—in short, this is a vintage double play for author and leading man.

    —Publishers Weekly

    Reacher inhabits loner land in a way that makes Sam Spade look like the social director at the community center. A combination of the gunslinging drifter of paperback Westerns, the hard-boiled detective of Mickey Spillaneville and do-gooder doctor Richard Kimble of "The Fugitive."

    —The Flint Journal

Publication Information (click to expand)

Bantam UK hardcover April 2005 0593051831

Bantam UK mass-market paperback April 2006 9780553815863

Bantam UK movie tie-in paperback Nov 2012 9780857501189

Delacorte US hardcover June 2005 0385336683

Dell US mass-market paperback reprint ed Oct 2009 9780440246077

Dell mass-market movie tie-in ed Nov 2012 9780345538192

Bantam US trade paperback Sept 2010 9780440423010

Delacorte e-book June 2005 0440335477

Brilliance Audio June 2005 Tape 1593555164 / CD 1593555199