The Midnight Line

The Midnight Line

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"Reacher rides the bus north from Milwaukee. At a comfort stop in Wisconsin dairy country he takes a stroll. Among the cheap junk in a pawn shop window he notices a West Point class ring for sale. It's tiny. A woman cadet's ring. Why would she pawn it? Reacher knows what Serena Sanderson must have gone through to get it. He fights through a biker gang and a South Dakota gangster, following the trail of the ring to the emptiness of Wyoming, in search of Major Sanderson. Is she OK?"--
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399593482
0399593489
Branch Call Number: FIC CHILD 2017
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 24 cm

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Jack Reacher is an honorably discharged U.S. Army major who has a strong sense of justice. After the end of a romance, Reacher’s response is to get on a bus and ride it to wherever it is going. At a rest stop along the way, he spots a small West Point class ring in the window of a pawnshop. Hi... Read More »


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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

She had written, “You’re like New York City. I love to visit, but I could never live there.”
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There had been Iraq, and there had been Afghanistan:2005 had been a tough year to graduate.
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People donate things and take the deduction. Mostly old cars and boats. But other things too. The guy gives them an inflated receipt for their tax returns, and then he sells the things he gets wherever he can, for whatever he can, and then he cuts a check to the charity.
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Reacher put his left fist on the table. The size of a supermarket chicken. Long thick fingers with knuckles like walnuts.
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He had seen elbows and feet, and he improvised a kind of all-purpose defensive posture against either, but Reacher ignored both and took the last unexpected stride at full speed, and seamlessly head-butted the guy full on the bridge of the nose. Moving mass and momentum. You bet your ass. Game over, right there. A second and a half.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

Being dumb wasn’t a capital crime. Wasn’t a crime at all, in fact. Merely a handicap.
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Bigfoot. She got the gist. A mythic ape-man, hairy, seven feet tall, from the Northwest woods.
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There was a dog on the back seat. Like a German Shepherd, but bigger. About the size of a pony. Maybe a freak mutation. It had teeth the size of rifle ammunition.
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“Who or what is Bigfoot?” She said, “He’s a giant ape-man who lives in the woods. On the slopes in the Northwest. About seven feet tall and covered in hair. Eats bears and cattle. One rancher lost a thousand head, over the years.” “Where was this?” “Nowhere,” the secretary said. “It’s imaginary. Like a fairytale.”

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

There’s something out there. The oldest fear in human history.
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Reacher walked the length of the motel to an area near the fuel pumps, where a kind of unofficial hitchhiking market was being run, by a homeless-looking guy wearing a coat tied up with rope. He would collect the desired destination from each new arriving hitchhiker, and then he would walk around shouting it out to the drivers in line for the pumps, and sooner or later one or another would wave and agree to some particular destination, and the lucky hitchhiker would tip the shouting guy a dollar and climb up in the cab.
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This door must remain unlocked during business hours. To act as a fire escape for the cook. Another necessary amenity. Greasy spoon kitchens burned like napalm.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

Reacher saw a petite Asian woman, wearing a black skirt suit like a uniform. Five feet nothing, maybe ninety-five pounds soaking wet.
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… reckless. There’s a clue in the word. Reck comes from reckon, and I felt I did more reckoning than most folks. Not less.
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Privately Nakamura felt his brush with death had produced an epiphany. He was afraid of being forgotten.
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Reacher. He found a West Point class ring in a pawn shop and he’s tracing its provenance.” “Like a hobby?” “No, like a matter of military honor. Like a moral obligation. Verging on the sentimental, in my opinion.
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“I saw him, boss. You could put him in a zoo.”
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Reacher stood still. He had choices. Life was full of them.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

He was tall and thin. Maybe six feet two. Maybe a hundred sixty pounds. But only if he had a dollar’s worth of pennies in his pocket. All skin and bone, and awkward as a stepladder.
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I could rip your arm off and beat you to death with it, and they wouldn’t stop me. They’d sell tickets instead.
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From time to time trucks would pass the bus, slowly, sometimes spending a whole minute alongside, edging ahead imperceptibly. Reacher was eye to eye with their drivers, across their empty cabs. Old men, all of them.
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“The Incredible Hulk? I thought I was Bigfoot. These guys need to make up their minds.”
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About sixty miles from here. Maybe seventy. That’s about two blocks away, by Wyoming standards.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

“You took a risk coming here.” “Getting up in the morning is a risk. Anything could happen.”
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Aspen groves blazed like flares on the slopes. Whole copses of hundreds of separate trees, but all joined together underground by a single root. An aspen wood was all one organism. The largest living thing on earth.
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“What would be the army approach? Set the place on fire?” “No, that would be the Marine Corps approach. The army would conduct a careful survey of the exterior, and by great good fortune would discover a pane of glass previously broken by persons unknown, at a previous time, maybe long ago, or even just recently, which if true would reasonably suggest an ongoing emergency inside, which in turn would justify a good look around. I don’t think the Supreme Court could argue with that.”

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

“This is Wyoming. They drive epic distances for a loaf of bread. For a girlfriend, two hours, maybe. A hundred miles.”
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Everyone lives twenty miles from everyone else.
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Bramall told a joke about about a lawyer who died and got to the pearly gates. Not fair, he said. I’m only forty-five. Saint Pete said no, we got a new system. Now we do it by billable hours. According to our records you’re 153.
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The corporations took eighty years to get back in the heroin business. They came in the side door. By that time in history heroin itself had negative PR. Nothing more than underworld squalor and a bunch of dead rock singers. Kind of sordid. So they made a synthetic version. A chemical copy.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

Addicts are other people, with a dirty needle in a toilet stall. What they have is a pharmaceutical product, made in a lab, by pretty girls in masks who hold test tubes up to the light, with wondrous concern radiating from their clear blue eyes. They’ve seen it on the television, in the breaks between innings. But in fact they’re running worse risks. Those patches ain’t made for licking. Fifty thousand people died last year. Regular folk. Four times as many as got killed in gun crimes.
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“Do you know what an accessory is?” “Something you put on your truck.” “Also a legal word,” Reacher said. “It means if you know a secret, and you don’t tell, then you go to jail too. …”
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I couldn’t get in. They’re sealed tighter than a duck’s butt on a choppy day. I
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“Sometimes,” Reacher said. “How often?” “More than never. Less than always.”

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

The café was a new-age place, with all kinds of healing juices, and sandwiches Reacher figured had been put together by a blind man. All kinds of random ingredients. Huge seeds in the bread. Like sawdust mixed with ball bearings.
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“You think virtue is its own reward?” “I don’t know much about virtue. I just want to find out what happened. I can’t charge money for a private satisfaction.”
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“Who are they?” “Cowboys,” Reacher said. “Weaned on beef jerky and fried rattlesnake.”
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“Cowboys are the worst,” Reacher said. “Not much I can do to them, that a horse already hasn’t.”
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Sometimes you woke up, and you knew for sure, from history and experience and weary intuition, that the brand new day would bring nothing good at all.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

High overhead ravens circled, and looked, and thought not yet, and soared away.
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“You wanted to know the story.” “I got most of it,” Reacher said. “I got to the part where it ends about twenty miles before the road runs out.”
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That’s the hall of fame right there. You could put that on your tombstone. She led her soldiers well. An infantry officer couldn’t hear finer words than those.
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They’re shrinks. You said so yourself. They overcomplicate things. If you hear hoof beats, you look for horses, not zebras.
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He took scissors from his glove box, and he cut a quarter-inch strip off the patch, and he slipped it under his tongue. Sublingual, it was called. Another magazine in the same salon said it was the best method of all.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2017

Reacher in his prime again doing what he does best, beating up thugs and righting wrongs. Our journey began when Reacher found a West Point class ring in a pawn shop. In tracing its provenance, he led us to the business of opiate trade and addiction. Reminds me of "Echo Burning 2001" that the characters had to drive long distances every time they needed to go from one place to the next. (About sixty miles from here. Maybe seventy. That’s about two blocks away, by Wyoming standards.) One of the best Reacher reads.

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theequ1nn
Nov 20, 2017

The author covers a lot of territory in this novel. Very informative, seems to have much more
humor than any others I have read of his. Good movie material. May be his best.

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RescueDog
Nov 16, 2017

This book is different. For once, Reacher gets himself into the plot. Usually, he’s just wandering around until he gets sucked into somebody else’s problem(s). This time, he finds a ring where there shouldn’t be a ring & sets off on his own adventure to find the owner. I liked that. I liked him being more open & cooperative with the authorities. I agree with other reviewers that these books are getting too long. That’s why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.

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mavisja
Nov 14, 2017

I love the Jack Reacher books. But this one was a disappointment. It started out great but the plot began to fizzle about half way. Even so, Jack Reacher was still fun to read about.

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kaymar
Nov 13, 2017

Very dull book. Reacher books used to be money in the bank. A lot of anti climatic dead ends. The only good thing it was a library book and I didn't waste money on it.

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brianwalsh1948
Nov 11, 2017

Kick ass Jack is back!!! I love this series and Lee never disappoints. This book would make a great movie, but Tom Cruise couldn't match the description of Jack in this book. I waited a while for this book to arrive, but it was sure worth the wait. Five stars from me!!

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