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Better Off Dead

Better Off Dead

(Book #26 in the Jack Reacher series)


Book Overview: Better Off Dead

Reacher goes where he wants, when he wants. That morning he was heading west, walking under the merciless desert sun--until he comes upon a curious scene. A Jeep has crashed into the only tree for miles around. A woman is slumped over the wheel.

Dead? No, nothing is what it seems.

The woman is Michaela Fenton, an army veteran turned FBI agent trying to find her twin brother, who might be mixed up with some dangerous people. Most of them would rather die than betray their terrifying leader, who has burrowed his influence deep into the nearby border town, a backwater that has seen better days. The mysterious Dendoncker rules from the shadows, out of sight and under the radar, keeping his dealings in the dark.

He would know the fate of Fenton's brother.

Reacher is good at finding people who don't want to be found, so he offers to help, despite feeling that Fenton is keeping secrets of her own. But a life hangs in the balance. Maybe more than one. But to bring Dendoncker down will be the riskiest job of Reacher's life. Failure is not an option, because in this kind of game, the loser is always better off dead.

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"The mixture of brute-force and intellectual problem-solving is just right." --Booklist

"Smart writing, vivid action scenes, and dramatic twists mark this seamless effort. Even those for whom this is their first Reacher novel will be clamoring for more." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Lee Child and Andrew Child return for another jointly written Reacher adventure. . . . Andrew Child smoothly slips into the signature minimalist prose of the iconic series, picking up just where his brother leaves off, for a book that should please old stalwarts and new fans alike." --CrimeReads

Andrew Child is a bestselling and critically acclaimed author, known notably for his contribution in the thrilling crime genre. Born and raised in the UK, Child's affinity for storytelling began at a young age, leading him to pursue a degree in English Literature, which only reinforced his passion for literature and helped him hone his writing skills. A scribe of seamless narratives, he excels in weaving tales that captivate readers with enticing mysteries and relentless suspense. Having worked in theatre and television, Child's wide experience in various forms of storytelling is evident in his works. His versatility in writing is underlined by his capacity to create vivid and compelling characters that challenge conventions and add dynamism to his novels. His most renowned work, the "Cooper and Fry" series, showcases his knack for plot twists and immersive storytelling, earning a devoted following among crime fiction enthusiasts. Apart from being a successful author, Child is known for his humility and dedication to the craft. His appreciation for literature extends beyond his own work as he avidly promotes reading and writing in his community and among aspiring writers. Despite having made an indelible mark in the literary world, Andrew Child continues to write, unveiling new dimensions of crime fiction, and leaving readers in eager anticipation of his next creation.
Lee Child, born as James Dover Grant on October 29, 1954, is a renowned British author best known for his gripping thriller series featuring the character Jack Reacher. Child's grasp on the thriller genre, engaging narrative style, and meticulously constructed suspense have placed him among the pantheon of esteemed international authors. Since debuting his writing career in 1997, Child has penned more than twenty novels, many of which have landed on the New York Times bestseller list and been translated into several languages. Despite being born in Coventry, England, Child's stories predominantly unfold in American settings. Prior to his writing career, he worked at Granada Television for sixteen years. In 1995, following corporate restructuring, he was laid off from his job. This turn of events prompted him to explore writing as a career, a decision that bore fruit as the first novel “Killing Floor”, released in 1997, quickly gained critical acclaim and won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Across his multifaceted career, Child's writing prowess has been decorated with several prestigious awards. Yet he stays grounded and continues to contribute outstanding works to the thriller genre. His authorship skills have not only expanded the landscape of thriller literature but have also been instrumental in shaping our understanding and appreciation of suspenseful storytelling.


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