A Wanted Man

A Wanted Man cover




Original releaseUnited States:
September 11, 2012
United Kingdom:
August 30, 2012
September 11, 2012

Written byLee Child

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Worth Dying For
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The Affair
Everyone Talks
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Never Go Back


A Wanted Man is the seventeenth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published on August 30, 2012 in the United Kingdom, Australia, & New Zealand and on September 11, 2012 in the USA & Canada. A Wanted Man won the "Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year" award by the National Book Awards.

The book returns to the present timeline, continuing where Worth Dying For left off, whereas the preceding novel, The Affair, told some episode of the main character's past. The novel, like a majority of the Jack Reacher novels, is set in third-person point of view.


Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. One man driving, another telling stories that don’t add up. A woman in the back, silent and worried. And a hitchhiker with a broken nose. An hour behind them, the FBI descends on an old pumping station where a man was stabbed to death—the knife work professional, the killers nowhere to be seen.

All Jack Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride. He has tied himself to a massive conspiracy, in which nothing is what it seems, and nobody is telling the truth.


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