NEW BOOK: Lee Child does it again in a bone chilling new novel with hero Jack Reacher on a quest into his father's past.
NEW BOOK: Lee Child does it again in a bone chilling new novel with hero Jack Reacher on a quest into his father's past.

We all need a Jack Reacher

LEE Child's hero Jack Reacher is on a quest into his father's past in his newest novel Past Tense where the climax is stomach-clenching, hair-raising and blood-curling.

Reacher plans to follow the autumn sun on an epic road trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far.

On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been - the town where his father was born. He thinks, what's one extra day? He takes the detour.

At the very same moment, close by, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians are trying to get to New York City to sell a treasure. They're stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. It's a strange place, but it's all there is.

The next morning in the city clerk's office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He's told no one named Reacher ever lived in that town. He knows his father never went back. Now he wonders, was he ever there in the first place?

So begins another nailbiting, adrenaline-fuelled adventure for Reacher. The present can be tense, but the past can be worse. That's for damn sure.

Published by Penguin Random, Past Tense is available in bookshops hardback (RRP$49.99) and paperback (RRP$32.99) and from online.


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