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Hardcover Fiction

Past Tense - by Lee Child
Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesnít 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,†Whatís one extra day?†He takes the detour.

At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. Now theyíre stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. Itís a strange place, but itís all there is.

The next morning, in the city clerkís office, Reacher asks about the old family home. Heís told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. Heís always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders,†Was he ever there in the first place?

As Reacher explores his fatherís life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly.