Without Fail

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Without Fail
Without fail book.jpg
2002 Hardcover edition
Author Lee Child
Country United States
Language English
Series Jack Reacher
Genre Thriller novel
Publisher Bantam (UK), Putnam (US)
Publication date
9 May 2002
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 432 pp
ISBN 0-399-14861-2
OCLC 48256711
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3553.H4838 W58 2002
Preceded by Echo Burning
Followed by Persuader

Without Fail is the sixth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published by Putnam in 2002. It is narrated in the third person.


Jack Reacher arrives in Atlantic City, New Jersey, after hitching a ride with a couple of aging musicians. He is accosted there by M.E. (Mary Ellen) Froelich, a beautiful agent of the United States Secret Service who has managed to track him down. She has a special request for him. She wants to know how he would go about killing the Vice-President-Elect. Countering those methods would help her considerably in her job of protecting the Vice-President-Elect. Reacher accepts the challenge and enlists old colleague Frances Neagley to help carry out the mission. Froelich asked Reacher's assistance on this matter because of suspicious threatening letters which had been sent to the Vice-President-Elect that had been intercepted by his protective team. Together, they attempt to find the ones responsible before they can carry out the assassination.

Main characters[edit]

  • Jack Reacher: hero, brother of Froelich's former boyfriend Joe.
  • Mary Ellen (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

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dilys Award winners and nominees". Mystery Bookersellers. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Barry Awards winners and nominees". Thrilling Detective. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 

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