The Hard Way (novel)

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The Hard Way
2006 Cover
Author Lee Child
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Jack Reacher
Genre Thriller novel
Publisher Bantam Press (UK), Delacorte Press (US)
Publication date
May 16, 2006
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 384 pp
ISBN 9780857500137
OCLC 61285702
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3553.H4838 H37 2006
Preceded by One Shot
Followed by Bad Luck and Trouble

The Hard Way is the tenth Jack Reacher novel written by Lee Child. It was published in 2006 by Delacorte Press. It is written in the third person.


After witnessing an exchange of $1,000,000, Jack Reacher is hired by the underhanded director of a private military firm to rescue his wife and stepchild, who appear to have been kidnapped. While Reacher uncovers clues that might lead to a rescue, he learns about the director's dubious past which involves a murderous plot against two ex-associates while on a secret paramilitary mission overseas. He meets a beautiful ex-FBI agent converted to private investigator who assists him in the investigation to unveil the shocking truth, and ultimately engages in a showdown on a farm in Norfolk, England. The novel is set primarily in New York City.

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