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Publisher's Summary

Jack Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small Midwestern town. In the window he sees a West Point class ring from 2005. It's tiny. It's a woman cadet's graduation present to herself. Why would she give it up? Reacher's a West Pointer, too, and he knows what she went through to get it.

Reacher tracks the ring back to its owner, step by step, down a criminal trail leading west. Like Big Foot come out of the forest, he arrives in the deserted wilds of Wyoming. All he wants is to find the woman. If she's OK, he'll walk away. If she's not...he'll stop at nothing.

He's still shaken by the recent horrors of Make Me, and now The Midnight Line sees him set on a raw and elemental quest for simple justice. Best advice: don't get in his way.

©2017 Lee Child (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Each year Lee Child comes up with another Reacher. Each year I lap it up. Love it... Best one for a while... there is something subversive as well as page-turning.... The sentences are short, but that doesn't mean the thinking is small.... I don't know another author so skilled at making me turn the page, at putting me in the thick of it all." ( The Times)
"I just read the new Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child…. It is as good as they always are. I read every single one." (Malcolm Gladwell)
"Addictive... Child's trademark staccato-style delivers all-action excitement as well as a sombre message about the hypocrisy of the US war on drugs." ( Metro)

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  • 10-11-2017

Like hanging out with an old friend

I couldn’t wait to get back to where I had left off at the end of each ride. I soak up books through audible as I soak up the glorious surrounds on every cycle commute.
For me, a Reacher book is the ultimate blend of intrigue, wit, passion and comfort. Ron is a master drawing you in to the point where you reckon you could recognize every character if you were ever to meet. Which is why Tom Cruise is just ‘not’ the right person to play this ‘iconic’ character. Honestly, the man barely scrapes 5”6, Reacher is nearly 7”, described as ‘Bigfoot’!
Keep them coming Lee, I’ll never tire of these stories.

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Ok, however....

The story itself was ok, the problem was the length of time that it got dragged out over. Simply too long.
And Jack Reacher didn't have enough punch ups, he's getting soft!!!. More justified violence please.

However the narrator was as fantastic as ever, he has a great style for these types of novels. He kept it flowing where if I was reading I would have given up.

Still overall worth it, but a shorter version would have been better for me. I do bore easily though. But previous Lee Child novels are much grittier and more thrilling

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GET ANOTHER NARRATOR!!!!

This was simply an unenjoyable experience solely due to the unchanged delivery of the characters. Absolutely no variety in the delivery. Have a listen, you’ll quickly hear what I mean. Sadly, I won’t be buying any further Audible Jack Reachers if Jeff Harding is the narrator.

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The Midnight Line

As usual with any of Lee Childs work, this story was great. Jeff Harding narrates the male characters very well but lets down a little with the female characters. Early in the story a female detective features quite prominently, that voice put me on edge to the point where I nearly gave up listening; I’m glad I didn’t. She remained in the story but not so much. If it doesn’t bother you, I recommend this book!

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The mature side of Jack (none) Reacher.

Less violence, but more thinking required. The puzzle works out well with an interesting twist.

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great listen

good narration, great story. jack reacher is the best . you will always enjoy a book from Lee Childs.

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Great Reacher Yarn

Every four or five months i come back for a Reacher fix. I read this one when it came out in hard copy and whizzed through it, totally entertained. This time I listened and took a bit longer . It sounds like a simple plot but unravels with the usual Lee Child quirkiness. I always learn something from Reacher.. this time was no different but i wont spoil the plot for other readers. A Perfect Read for travelling or spring cleaning the house.

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Jack the pusherman

God Damm what a story
So far fetched
Yet very enjoyable
Loose ends for sure
But better than aspirin

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Another edxscellent tale

I found this a very good tale in the Jack Reacher Book series well written and narrated. A Good listen enjoyable from start to finish.

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This is a very good title!

This is a very good title! I'd like to recommend it to my friends. Thank you Audible!

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  • Amanda MC
  • 08-02-2021

My hero

The beginning of the book was brilliant, but then towards the end, it seemed as though Lee Child was rushing to get the book finished. I was really disappointed as I am normally spellbound right to the very end. Reacher did his best to get rid of the crooks and baddies.
As soon as I read the opening chapter of Reacher finding the ring, I had to know who it belonged to. I found out, but the ring was just a small cog in the chain. There was a lot happening in the book, a PI, a large crowd of lowlife and people's lives on the line.
As with most Reacher books, nothing is ever straightforward!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-12-2020

Very Reacher, but

I finished it easy enough but it was Reacher predictable.
I love the way he writes and the narrating was as good as always. However the plot was a bit predictable and somehow familiar.
Probably won't listen to this one again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-2020

less intriguing

In the series - this book is one of the less exciting ones out there. Moving on to the next one. Not going to remember this one in a week..

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  • Sue
  • 30-01-2019

Excellent!

I am an ardent fan of Jack Reacher. The Midnight Line story line is unexpected, yet fit the Reacher character perfectly. As always Jeff Harding is the perfect voice for Reacher and the rest of the cast.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-07-2018

Only half good

The first half was excellent. the second half was boring and pointless. Almost like he finished the original story and thought, this is a short book. better add some more.

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  • barbara
  • 05-04-2018

The Midnight Line

First Jack Reacher I have ever read, thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narration was excellent. Will definetly be reading more.

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  • Marisia Robus
  • 30-03-2018

Dissapointing

I watched the Jack Reacher movie and enjoyed it, but found the book boring and predictable .
The story moved very slow and went nowhere fast.
This was not the Jack Reacher of the movie, this guy belonged in a nursing home.
The narrator was boring. Reading in monotones.

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  • Sue
  • 24-01-2018

Another great book by Lee Child

Another great book by Lee Child.
Really liked the story. Can't wait for the next one

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  • Lawrence Shelton
  • 10-12-2017

Jack Reacher is back!

Reacher is back to his incredible self, enjoyable from start to finish. A character like no other.

Lee Child manages to hold the attention of the reader with the simplest details. Pulling the reader in, painting a detailed picture, all without the need for multiple story arches, overly complex relationships or new character introductions.

Simple, brutal, real, thoughtful - all words to describe this book.

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  • Danni Higgins
  • 05-12-2017

Don’t waste your time

Terrible narrative.
This is probably a great book but I can’t get past the narrator

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  • Simon
  • 07-11-2017

Reacher's Fine Lines

Right from the opening this book promised to deliver a classic, back to basics Reacher experience. Whether it actually does or not will be questioned by some I am sure due to it's slightly more sedate nature.

It all begins when Reacher detects an injustice, a pawned West Point officer's ring and resolves to check the back story. He's in the middle of nowhere, anonymous towns and places. He quickly sets about finding the truth in his own inimitable way. Child delivers with those short, sharp staccato sentences that despite their design deliver Reacher blunt trauma in bruising fashion. The narration is that classic gravelly drawl which just epitomises the immutable Jack Reacher and his world.

There are indeed a lot of highlights in the book including some classic Reacher negotiations . . . you know how most of them go! There is classic Reacher analysis and diagnostics, some cracking dialogue and I particularly enjoyed Reacher and a PI discussing entering an abandoned house. In many ways this story more than most highlights the golden heart that beats inside Jack's massive and rough looking frame.

If there is one thing missing from this story it is that for me the bad guys never quite step up to the mark. The best Reacher stories have all the investigation set against a constant level of threat from whoever he has set himself against. In this one they don't really manage that meaning that by the standards of this series there is less real tension and excitement. As a result some of the book feels a little staid.

All of that said this is still very enjoyable Reacher and I'm a fanboy so it gets five stars because I love the direct writing style, at once both sharp and quick yet delivering that blunt trauma experience. Although I strongly suspect some Reacher fans might find this one a little sedate in large patches.

For me though Jack's still the best of his kind - the book version of course!

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  • J Chappell
  • 09-11-2017

Not as good a story

a good listen but plot felt bitty and spun out but still worth a listen for Jack Reacher fans

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  • Rob
  • 05-12-2017

Reacher, a man for all occasions

I love the Jack Reacher series but was worried that it had lost its way, this story however brings the series back on track!

We see a different side to Reacher and more about him than his fists.

A good read, i look forward to the next one.

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  • Nev
  • 18-11-2017

not his best work

This is one for the dedicated Reacher fans - much of a muchness and quite predictable

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  • Nick
  • 17-11-2017

Not his best work

normally a big Jack Reacher fan, but this book seemed a little thin on action.

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  • Alkes
  • 13-11-2017

Disappointing

Thankfully this isn't the 1st Reacher book I have read and I did not miss out on all the excellent books before this one. I wouldn't have tried a second one if this had been my first.

Not a book I would recommend to a friend

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  • Kirsty Caffrey
  • 10-11-2017

Reacher still does it for me!

Love all the Reacher books. His actions have mellowed in line with his age but he's still the guy I'd want if I was ever 'up the creek'!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-11-2017

Disappointed!

Probably the poorest yet. I found hard work in places and it just fizzled out

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  • James
  • 21-11-2017

Good traditional Reacher plot

I liked the pace and build of the storyline, although I felt it lacked the edge-of-my-seat excitement of the early Reacher stories.

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  • paul hick
  • 08-11-2017

Not the best Reacher but full of suspense.

The story is somewhat predictable and Reacher is not in enough jeopardy compared with others.

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