No Middle Name by Lee Child
The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories

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...Lee Child, like his creation, always knows exactly what he’s doing — and he does it well. Time in his company is never wasted.
-London Evening Standard

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Get ready for the ultimate Jack Reacher experience: a thrilling new novella and eleven previously published stories, together for the first time in one pulse-pounding collection from Lee Child.

No Middle Name begins with “Too Much Time,” a brand-new work of short fiction that finds Reacher in a hollowed-out town in Maine, where he witnesses a random bag-snatching but sees much more than a simple crime. “Small Wars” takes readers back to 1989, when Reacher is an MP assigned to solve the brutal murder of a young officer found along an isolated forest road in Georgia—and whose killer may be hiding in plain sight. In “Not a Drill,” Reacher tries to take some downtime, but a pleasant hike in Maine turns into a walk on the wild side—and perhaps something far more sinister. “High Heat” time-hops to 1977, when Reacher is a teenager in sweltering New York City during a sudden blackout that awakens the dark side of the city that never sleeps. Okinawa is the setting of “Second Son,” which reveals the pivotal moment when young Reacher’s sharp “lizard brain” becomes just as important as his muscle. In “Deep Down,” Reacher tracks down a spy by matching wits with four formidable females—three of whom are clean, but the fourth may prove fatal. Rounding out the collection are “Guy Walks into a Bar,” “James Penney’s New Identity,” “Everyone Talks,” “The Picture of the Lonely Diner,” “Maybe They Have a Tradition,” and “No Room at the Motel.”

No suitcase. No destination. No middle name. No matter how far Reacher travels off the beaten path, trouble always finds him. Feel bad for trouble.

Praise for No Middle Name
 
“Captivating . . . classic [Lee] Child . . . This volume demonstrates what his fans already know: he’s a born storyteller and an astute observer.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Lee Child, like his creation, always knows exactly what he’s doing—and he does it well. Time in his company is never wasted.”—Evening Standard
 

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 May 16, 2017 by Dell. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Kirkus

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on Apr 04 2017

...the short form is refreshing after the misfire of Child's last novel, in which the violence became unpleasant and the tone curdled. No such problem here. And it’s encouraging that the novella Too Much Time, which leads into the next Reacher novel, feels like a return to form.

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Reviewed by Lesley Mason on May 01 2017

So as a collection it's not without its weaknesses. For Reacher fans it's a must-have addition to the collection because there are insights into the man. For would-be writers it's an exemplary on how to do it...

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Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on May 19 2017

Whether you are a diehard Reacher fan or otherwise, NO MIDDLE NAME is filled with unforgettable stories that feature a lesser known side of Child, as well as Reacher’s hidden history.

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Reviewed by Mark Sanderson on May 11 2017

...Lee Child, like his creation, always knows exactly what he’s doing — and he does it well. Time in his company is never wasted.

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Reviewed by Donna M. Brown on Jun 05 2017

This compilation is comprised of Child’s short stories that appeared in other publications over the span of his literary career. Each is unique except for “Too Much Time,” which leads into his latest hardcover.

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