Night School by Lee Child
A Jack Reacher Novel

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11 Critic Reviews

Unlike most Reacher books, which start at breathless velocity and then wind up having to work through huge, empty action scenes later, this one gets better as it goes along. Its complexity pays off with a better than usual MacGuffin and real teamwork against a global enemy.
-NY Times

Synopsis

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The incomparable hero of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back takes readers to school in his most explosive novel yet. After eleven straight global #1 bestsellers, discover the thrillers that The New York Times calls “utterly addictive.”

It’s 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he’s off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind.

Two other men are in the classroom—an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there.

Then they find out: A Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor—a Saudi courier, seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown. A CIA asset, undercover inside the cell, has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message: The American wants a hundred million dollars.”

For what? And who from? Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American. Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with: Sergeant Frances Neagley. Their mission heats up in more ways than one, while always keeping their eyes on the prize: If they don’t get their man, the world will suffer an epic act of terrorism.

From Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev, Night School moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, faked identities, and new and terrible enemies, as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law.

Praise for Night School

“The prose is crisp and clean, and the fighting is realistic. . . . This latest installment has all the classic ingredients: a great setting (Hamburg), a good villain, and a mystery that draws you in efficiently, escalates unpredictably, and has a satisfying resolution.”—The New Yorker
 
“Another timely tour de force . . . The taut thriller is textbook [Lee] Child: fast-paced and topical with a ‘ripped from the headlines’ feel.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
 
“As gripping as ever.”—The Florida Times-Union

Praise for #1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series

“Reacher [is] one of this century’s most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes.”—The Washington Post
 

About Lee Child

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Lee Child is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of Jack Reacher thrillers. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City.
 
Published November 7, 2016 by Delacorte Press. 385 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Critic reviews for Night School
All: 11 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Below average
on Aug 22 2016

Reacher novels are terrific pop entertainments. But they don't possess the weight or moral seriousness that allowed books by Eric Ambler, Geoffrey Household, and John le Carré to plausibly confront the dangers and moral dilemmas of their day.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Oct 01 2016

The premise of the pre-9/11 plot is both compelling and disconcerting, and Child applies his trademark eye for detail to make the whole endeavor surprisingly and thrillingly credible.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Nov 03 2016

Unlike most Reacher books, which start at breathless velocity and then wind up having to work through huge, empty action scenes later, this one gets better as it goes along. Its complexity pays off with a better than usual MacGuffin and real teamwork against a global enemy.

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The Bookbag

Good
Reviewed by Lesley Mason on Nov 30 2016

This kind of book is often derided by the snootier end of the literati for its lack of art… but for my money, in books, as well as in many other areas of creativity and production, craft is just as difficult, needs just as much skill and is to be just as much valued.

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Denver Post

Good
Reviewed by Patrick Anderson on Nov 23 2016

The details of the search are ingenious, the outcome makes sense and the writing is smart and surprising. This is one of the best thrillers you’ll read this year.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Above average
on Nov 11 2016

It's not always easy for Child to juggle Reacher's chronology. But he knows that the juggling is necessary to keep the series exciting, and the choices he has made for ''Night School'' are smart ones.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Good
Reviewed by Francis Moul on Dec 05 2016

Child is one of the top thriller authors in the world, and each new book of his is awaited by his many fanatic readers. Get it now.

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Post and Courier

Good
Reviewed by Bo Petersen on Nov 27 2016

Don’t bother to take a breath. Child doesn’t let the action pause that long and you don’t want to let it get away.

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The Coast

Above average
Reviewed by Stephanie Jones on Nov 04 2016

Child’s clever choice of timeframe means he can take his plot virtually anywhere: post-Soviet Afghanistan, post-Gorbachev Russia, the former East Germany. The action takes place only a year after the World Trade Centre bombing, and Reacher, whose prescience has saved his life hundreds of times, knows worse is to come.

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London Evening Standard

Good
Reviewed by Mark Sanderson on Nov 10 2016

If, after sales of more than 70 million, proof of the excellence of his prose is still needed, consider the final paragraph on page 78, where twilight is falling on the city. Acute observation reveals “every detail of the glowing scene”. Many so-called literary novels lack such skill.

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Reviewed by Anne Corey on Oct 01 2016

Child has written an inspired novel that gives his main character something to use his mental prowess on other than the geometry of hand-to-hand combat. Jack Reacher figures out a puzzle and, literally, saves the world.

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