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One Shot (Jack Reacher #9)

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  61,220 Ratings  ·  2,295 Reviews
Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in--no phone, no address, no commitments-ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Chil ...more
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Published March 28th 2006 by Dell Publishing Company (first published June 14th 2005)
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Feb 06, 2013 Stevedutch rated it really liked it
Nobody should pick up a Jack Reacher novel and expect great literature. I might be wrong but I suspect that that isn’t Lee Child’s purpose. What you get instead is a good dollop of wish-fulfilment, good writing, beautiful, intelligent and feisty females who are either integral to the development of the plot or just along for the ride, and implausible story lines! One shot is no exception – why change a winning formula? In Reacher, Child has created a character who is, perhaps, not quite the guy ...more
Mar 11, 2009 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed
A sniper guns down five people. The evidence against him is overwhelming. When questioned by the police he declares bluntly that they have the wrong man. Then he says, "Get Reacher." The cops have no idea who Reacher is, but you and I should know, because, if we are reading in order this is # 9 in the series. (oops- I read this one out of order)..

Reacher, however, is on the way already? Why? Because, the sniper committed the same type of crime during the Persian Gulf War and got away with it--
Apr 11, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good mystery-crime novel with lots of fast-paced action and even a bit of romance. If you are a Jack Reacher fan, I'm sure you will enjoy this entertaining book.

As for the movie, it's kind of hard to imagine Tom Cruise as the big and tall Jack Reacher, but I still might give it a try.

Jul 02, 2012 Harry rated it it was amazing
I'm going to add the same review for all of the Reacher series, so if you've read this one, you've read 'em all. If you feel a certain affinity for the lone hero, a man of principle, of unwavering knowledge and assent as to his own actions, than Jack Reacher's your kinda guy.

Lee Child has created an unforgettable and unique character in his creation of Jack Reacher. Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a unique animal/human running around on this planet and that in spite of social con
Mike Nemeth
Jul 12, 2013 Mike Nemeth rated it it was amazing
"One Shot" was turned into a vehicle for Tom Cruise and released to theaters late in 2012. I finally read the book and loved it. But a little background first. Watching the movie was my first exposure to author Lee Child's work. And after the opening scene and exposure to the hard-bitten dialogue, I was hooked. The back and forth got me to recall my obsession during college forays into used book stores hunting for early Mickey Spillane novels. The other memory it provoked was watching Humphrey B ...more
Joe Robles
Sep 22, 2012 Joe Robles rated it really liked it
This is the first Jack Reacher book I've read, and I picked it up because of the upcoming movie. I have to say my only problem with it is that now I'm going to have to read all of Lee Child's books, and I already have a queue of over 140 "to read".

It's a really great thriller. It's hard to talk about it without revealing too much, hence the spoilers warning. My favorite bit is that Jack is not some flawless superman. He's trailed throughout the book and only once picks it up. That was something
Jane Stewart
4 stars. You need to suspend disbelief, but it’s still a fun, tough guy story.

A sniper kills five people leaving a downtown office building. Several pieces of evidence point to James Barr a former army sniper. James says “You’ve got the wrong guy. Get Reacher for me.” Coincidentally Reacher comes to town for his own reasons. Reacher saw the story in the news. He knew Barr when they were in the army together fourteen years ago. Some bad guys don’t like Reacher being in town and try t
Jan 24, 2013 Mitzi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Everyone I know who has read this book (or rather series) before seeing the movie says the same thing,"I can't believe they put Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher...I mean, the guy is supposed to be huge!" But having never heard of Jack before watching the movie, I say Tom is a better Jack than Jack is. A guy that big and tall would have a much harder time melting into the crowd and being a drifter than plain old ordinary Tom. Plus, it seems more likely that 5 locals would think they could out-fight Tom
Oct 26, 2011 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The first few pages were painful. Lots of self-consciously terse sentences as if worried about scaring off slow readers. A sample from page 13: "The garage was always packed. He knew that. That was why they were extending it. They were doubling its size. It was used by shoppers. That was why it was quiet."
But soon things pick up and the plot moves along swiftly and smoothly. Reacher is a bland but likeable protagonist, notable mainly for being a loner and an expert investigator, but you wouldn't
Oct 24, 2012 Subroto rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-thriller
If you are already a Jack Reacher fan - the number of whom which I assume is now increasing each day (the last book - A Man Wanted debuted at NYT No 1 position this September) - then I don't need to tell you this.

Jack Reacher books are entertainers - not much intelligence there - but very catchy and very interesting. Makes for great holiday / in flight reads.

One Shot is very fast, very smart and totally un-put-down-able . Very vintage Reacher - coffee and eggs and diners, dollar stores, bus dep
Kandice Dreama
Oct 07, 2012 Kandice Dreama rated it really liked it
This is a book I came across while waiting in a hospital waiting room, I do not usually touch magazines or books at doctors or dentists but the title interested me so i picked it up, The couple of pages was this Bio of Jack Reacher this character though not extraordinary had specific skill set, Within the first couple of pages I was so engrossed in the story line and who Jack Reacher was as a person and what made him Him I did not hear my name being called, I can proudly say I am now a Lee child ...more
May 30, 2013 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone planning to see the Jack Reacher movie
When the Jack Reacher movie trailer first came out, and I found out it was based on a book, I was intrigued enough to pick it up. Unfortunately, my logical brain assumed they would adapt the first book in the series, Killing Floor, and so I read the wrong book, as they took the screenplay from this book, the ninth in the series.

Anyway, while I liked that book well enough (review here), this book showed how much the author has improved since writing it, his first published book. The plot was tig
Ryan Mishap
Left at work, I was reading this on breaks. Standard blah action book with the impossibly talented and cool hero.

A clever set-up is wasted by too much reveal too quickly.

The writing is terse but too long. I will explain, no, there is not time, let me sum up:

If you think you are writing like Hemingway for your action book and you actually were, the book wouldn't be over 400 pages.

He writes short sentences. Even fragments. But there are too many of them. Writes the next sentence. Notices a cat o
Nov 05, 2015 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good entry in the Jack Reacher story. While he has some misses, the regular hits are worth the strike-outs. I came to this one after the seeing the film, so it felt a litttle like reading a novelisation rather than reading the novel the film was based on. Suddenly things are a little bit spoiled for me: for a start, I'm imagining short-arsed Tom Cruise as Reacher which just isn't working for me (although he was a lot better in the movie than I'd been expecting), and knowing what's going ...more
Dec 08, 2012 Tamahome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pg 120/485 (will take me about 11 hours) - Just did a 2 hour reading spree today, which is rare. Well, I'm not bored yet. He seems to know how to tell a story, or it's so much like the old detective tv shows I grew up with, it's pushing my buttons. My first Lee Child. My version has Tom Cruise on the cover. Get with it, Goodreads!

pg 203/485 - What are these guys, mafia?

pg 384/485 - Still having fun with it, except for the murders. Should finish it soon.

I found the Tom Cruise version. I had to se
William Bentrim
Aug 26, 2013 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing
One Shot by Lee Child

I almost didn’t read this since I had seen the movie. In spite of the dubious decision to cast Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher I thought the movie was well done. Talk about a reach though, tiny little Tom Cruise for great big Jack Reacher, gotta wonder who made that decision. I’m guessing they are not fond of reading. Regardless, this book is another Reacher justice book. Cross the wrong line and justice is in Reacher’s knurly, rock hard hands.

Once again Lee Child has crafted an
Dec 17, 2012 Lucinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spinechilling and intensely gripping this is one of those books that will make the hairs on your arms stand up, & which you are unable to put down!!

Lee Child is one of the greatest writers of this genre, and who not only so deserves all the great acclaim that he receives but also is an author whose books deserve to be on your bookshelves. Often seen as an American writer, for he includes such idioms of the American thriller, his skill and accomplished ability as a master of his craft is appa
Jan 10, 2012 Jack rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Action Adventure Thriller readers
I picked this up because I needed something to read. I wasn’t impressed with the first several pages because I had a difficult time sorting out who was speaking, but as I got into the book, I began to like the main character, Jack Reacher. An ex-military officer and policeman, he was cut loose under what I assume to be the Clinton administration. He’s a drifter whose presence has been requested by a former Army Sniper that he caught committing murder in Iraq, but got off on technicalities.
Oct 15, 2015 Joey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
I have a lot of books and not enough space so I read this only to get it off my bookshelf. I have 5 other Lee Childs and this book was going to decide the fate of the others. Do they stay or do they get traded in at the used book store? Not only am I keeping my 6 Lee Childs in my book collection (the wife and I have about 1200 books) I'm adding more Lee Childs (when I come across them at the used book store). This book is as Badass as Jack Reacher is. The excitement and suspense and action and m ...more
I've only read a few of these Jack Reacher books, but, I'm going to read a bunch more. They are very good and an enjoyable read.

Don't let the movie version of this put you off. The book is way better. And, Tom Cruise just didn't give the character enough. Reacher, is, to begin with, 6'-4". Cruise might be 4'-6", so, just not enough man to do it. Reacher is a commanding presence. Again, something that Cruise didn't give him.

I'm hoping that this isn't the only book that Gunny Cash is in. A very go
Quite a few people didn’t like Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in the movie. Personally I don’t think he did such a bad job though. Sure, he doesn’t look at all like the Jack Reacher described in the books. His body size, his style (or lack there-of) and his general appearance, none of those match up to the character Lee Child so carefully crafted into existence. However, it is a highly entertaining movie and that is what many critics seem to forget these days. Movies are essentially made to entertai ...more
Ian Mapp
Sep 06, 2010 Ian Mapp rated it really liked it
Another Holiday, another reacher. Perfect fayre really.

Despite knowing exactly what you are going to get - this is very well put together. I cant really use the term thriller, as you know who will win and to an extent, how he will win (drink some coffee, shag a female character, out fight/shoot the baddies). Child puts together a hollywood story that has a good ending, when Reacher - and chums - storm the bad guys thermal camera protected isolated farmhouse. And reacher is armed only with a knif
Eric Kibler
Apr 02, 2011 Eric Kibler rated it really liked it
The premise: A sniper shoots five people in a plaza in Indianapolis. A veritable mountain of forensic evidence leads to the summary arrest of James Barr. Reacher knows him. He once investigated a similar sniper killing Barr had perpetrated while a soldier in Kuwait City. For various reasons, the matter was shoved under the carpet by the Army. Reacher had vowed to put Barr six feet under if he ever killed again.

There's just one hitch: is Barr as guilty as he seems?

I suppose this wouldn't be a pro
Feb 22, 2016 Watchingthewords rated it really liked it
One Shot is the ninth book in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child and was recently made into a movie starring Tom Cruise. In the books Reacher is 6’5”, 250 lbs, with a 50” chest, blond hair and blue eyes – Tom Cruise? Not seeing it, but since I haven’t seen the movie I can’t complain too loudly – I’ve heard that it actually works… I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve actually seen the movie!

Anyway… Reacher is a former military policeman who now wanders the country freely – no vehicle, no lu
Nov 12, 2012 Alex rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
ONE SHOT (Pub. 2005) is Lee Child's ninth novel and my favorite book in the Jack Reacher series.

I love the intricately woven facets surrounding a great 'who done it'. Lee layers interesting plot points with subtle but constant tension, and all in a wonderfully succinct way.

Reacher is at his absolute best in this story. He's called into a heinous crime scene in a backwards way. The sniper arrested for killing six people in a public courtyard tells the cops, "You got the wrong guy." Then he says,
Immy ❗❕❗
Mar 04, 2016 Immy ❗❕❗ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One Shot by Lee Child

Reminding all that I only read a 161 page version of this novel and I have previously seen the movie adaptation. I really don't have much to say even though I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I don't review. I spit out comments running through my head. Eh. Works for me.
Johnny Williams
Nov 08, 2012 Johnny Williams rated it really liked it
Number 9 in the series was a good one-- IF you aren't a fan and haven't read the others-- this might be one you need to wait until you have--but regardless you find Reacher at his wandering best self-- as he stumbles into more intrigue and mystery than any other crime solver would have to plot and plan to get into-- seems like these sort of things just seek him out from some power form above or something like that--
Shell The Belle
DNF at about half way through.

I tried, but 'm done. Never gonna finish this one, it's as boring as heck and life's too short.

Gonna watch the movie instead. I dont like the casting of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher - 6ft 5in and 250lbs - Tom Cruise is about 5ft 7in and about 140lbs dripping wet!!

That said, he always makes a good film.

Dec 31, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
My husband is a big Lee Child fan. Since there is a new movie coming out, "Jack Reacher", which is based on this book, I thought I might read it.

Lee Child, the author, is a sticker for detail. I am not interested in such details as the trajectory of a bullet or the size of the scope, but he surely is. And his protagonist, Jack Reacher, is an interesting man. Who has no interests except solving murders and the like. Jack Reacher is a man with no home, no cell phone, no email, who simply travels a
Alain Burrese
Aug 04, 2012 Alain Burrese rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
"One Shot" by Lee Child is the first of his Jack Reacher novels I've read and it definitely won't be the last. In fact, I finished "One Shot" yesterday and went out and found "The Hard Way" and started reading it this morning. I plan on picking up the earlier books of the series as well as the newer ones.

The story involved a military sniper, and as a former Army sniper, that is what initially drew me to checking out the book. However, it is the character Jack Reacher that I thourouly enjoyed and
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Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a pr ...more
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