A Jack Reacher Novel

Book - 2003
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"Gripping and suspenseful . . . Child ratchets up the suspense to new heights."-- The Denver Post

Jack Reacher lives for the moment. Without a home. Without commitment. And with a burning desire to right wrongs--and rewrite his own agonizing past. DEA Susan Duffy is living for the future, knowing that she has made a terrible mistake by putting one of her own female agents into a death trap within a heavily guarded Maine mansion.

Staging a brilliant ruse, Reacher hurtles into the dark heart of a vast criminal enterprise. Trying to rescue an agent whose time is running out, Reacher enters a crime lord's waterfront fortress. There he will find a world of secrecy and violence--and confront some unfinished business from his own past.

Praise for Persuader

"A page-turner . . . [Lee] Child's tale drives hard and fast." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Wickedly addictive . . . so fast-paced it makes the eyeballs spin." -- Orlando Sentinel

"A story that will sweep you along as fast as some of the riptides Reacher survives." -- St. Petersburg Times
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780440245988
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Chi


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Aug 26, 2018

Lone Wolf Reacher actually working as part of a team. True he is trying to rectify a past mistake, when you try to kill someone especially with a .22 pistol be very sure they are dead. The locale is very film noir, only shades of grey and you will feel like you are on Shutter Island. A very different novel in the Reacher series

karcoldelharvic5 May 29, 2014

This book really kept me interested. One of Childs best

Jul 16, 2013

The Persuader has a lot of fights and shootouts. It's kind of like Dark Shadows, but with guns and some sexual violence.

I have only read one other Jack Reacher novel so far, The Hard Way, and I like this book second-best.

Lots of clever suspense. Good job by Lee Childs with this one.

May 22, 2013

Great addition to the Reacher series. Fast-paced with lots of action.

Oct 20, 2012

What a story! All of the puzzle pieces fit so neatly! Expect to read a lot about handguns (a Persuader is the name of a gun) and about hand to hand moves to take out a person. I never knew that fist fighting could be so deadly. Here, Reacher is like the pink energizer bunny...he just keeps on going and stopping him in a fight. In this story, Reacher is able to get his revenge on someone from his past while helping federal agents release their kidnapped undercover agent held by this very same person. He does this by going undercover. He gets hired by the racketeers who are selling handguns on the black market to druggies, terrorists, etc. After much action, Reacher eventually puts them out of business. Sad to see how a family of a criminal can be affected by the father's actions/decisons.

marlene1433 Oct 16, 2012

book # 7

Aug 03, 2011

Intense. Compare the fist duel in this book with the one in Stieg Larsson's
"The Girl Who Played with Fire". Both involved a super strong opponent.

Sep 14, 2009

Thrilling and suspenseful. Lee Child always gets it right!


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Dec 03, 2015

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May 22, 2013

In his usual drifter way Reacher finds himself on the wrong side of the law and acting as a bodyguard to a family that is keeping far more secrets then its rug trading fortune warrants.

When Reacher digs deeper he discovers a link to his past as an army MP that makes him focus on his new mission.


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