2002 Hardcover edition
|Publisher||Bantam (UK), Putnam (US)|
|9 May 2002|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover, Paperback)|
|LC Class||PS3553.H4838 W58 2002|
|Preceded by||Echo Burning|
Jack Reacher arrives in Atlantic City, New Jersey from California after hitching a ride with a couple of aging musicians. He is approached there by M.E. (Mary Ellen) Froelich, a beautiful agent from the United States Secret Service who has managed to track him down. She has a special request for him. Someone is sending threatening letters to the Vice-President-Elect. She wants Reacher to speculate on how he would go about killing him. Countering those methods would help her considerably in her job of protecting the Vice-President-Elect. Reacher accepts the challenge and enlists old Army colleague Frances Neagley to help carry out the mission. Together, they attempt to find the ones responsible before they can carry out the assassination. While working together, Reacher and Froelich begin a relationship, but Reacher realizes she is still in love with his deceased brother, Joe. After Froelich takes a bullet meant for her protectee, Reacher swears vengeance against the still unknown attackers.
- Jack Reacher: hero, brother of Froelich's former boyfriend Joe.
- M. E. Froelich: U.S Secret Service Agent in charge of V.P.-Elect Brook Armstrong's protection detail.
- Frances Neagley: Jack's colleague, now a private investigator; a member of Jack's former Army unit, the 110th MP Company.
- Brook Armstrong: Vice-President-elect of the United States
- Stuyvesant: Froehlich's supervising agent at the US Secret Service
- Bannon: FBI SAC (special agent in charge) investigating the threats
Bad Luck and Trouble, the eleventh Reacher novel, is dedicated, "For the real Frances L. Neagley", who is a real person. Frances Neagley won a Bouchercon charity auction to have a character named after her in Child's novels
Awards and nominations
- "Dilys Award winners and nominees". Mystery Bookersellers. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2009.
- "Barry Awards winners and nominees". Thrilling Detective. Retrieved 14 June 2009.
- Without Fail information page on Child's official website
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