Monday, October 15, 2018

Past Tense by Lee Child

PAST TENSE by Lee Child is read by Scott Brick. 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. Have interviewed Scott Brick and Lee Child in the past (tense.) Scott told me, "Being chosen to follow in Dick Hill's footsteps on Lee Child's Jack Reacher series has been one of the greatest honors of my career, and I am more thankful than I can say for the opportunity. The Reacher books are easily the most intense I've ever worked on because Lee understands the subtle nuance of combat in a way I've never seen before: each fight has a clearly defined path, where every action causes an equal and opposite -- and brutal -- reaction." Child’s books are indeed intense, and he has a fan club in England called “Reacher’s Creatures.” Every book has been optioned for film, two starring Tom Cruise. Either narrator is superb. 12.8 hours unabridged; also abridged at 6.5. 

Shortlisted for the Anthony, Nebula, Edgar, Shamus, and Gold Dagger Awards, bestselling author James Sallis is a master of the gritty crime drama. The Killer Is Dying tracks the fortunes of three men of vastly different ages, backgrounds, and ambitions. Though they never meet, a hired killer on his last job, a burned out detective, and a young boy plagued by nightmares have their lives intersect in compelling ways in the scorching metropolis of Phoenix, Arizona.

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