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8: The Enemy

Posted on May 11, 2004

You’re in the Army now, son…

New Year’s Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The Cold War is ending. Soon America won’t have any enemies left. The Army won’t have anybody to fight. Things are going to change. Jack Reacher is the Military Police duty officer on a base in North Carolina when he takes a call reporting a dead soldier in a hot-sheets motel. Reacher tells the local cops to handle it—heart attacks happen all the time.

But why is Reacher in North Carolina, instead of Panama, where the action is? Then the dead man turns out to have been a two-star general who should have been in Europe. And when Reacher goes to the general’s house to break the news, he finds another corpse: the general’s wife. What is he dealing with here? The last echoes of the old world… or the first shocks of the new?

Winner of 2005 Nero, Barry and (yes, this is not a typo) Jack Reacher awards. The Nero Award, for literary excellence in the mystery genre, is awarded by The Wolfe Pack. The Barry Award for Best Novel of the Year is awarded by Deadly Pleasures magazine. The Jack Reacher Award win was the first annual award presented by Crime Spree Magazine and it was for the very readable, appealing-to-every-age, Jack Reacher novels!

“A fabulously suspenseful prequel…. [Lee Child's] best so far.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Textured, swift, and told in Reacher’s inimitably tough voice … Child has few peers in thrillerdom.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The best showcase of Child’s talent to date. …. one of the best thriller writers at work.”—Rocky Mountain News

The Enemy sizzles with suspense and action. Child sets a breathless pace.”—Orlando Sentinel

“A rip-roaring read from the first page to the last .”—St. Petersburg Times

“[Jack Reacher is]. . .the thinking reader’s action hero a surprisingly tender combination of chess master and G.I. Joe.”—Seattle Times

“Will keep you guessing until the final page.”—Playboy


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