One Shot

Version: Unabridged
Author: Lee Child
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Thriller
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: June 2005
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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Overview

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 Child's astonishing new thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth....

Reviews (9)

I'm hooked

Written by Anonymous on February 2nd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I'm hooked on Lee Child. I thought the story had some great twists and turns and kept me guessing until the end.

One Shot

Written by KJ Hoy on June 8th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The book started out a bit slow with the initial scene which made me concerned. However it was necessary to the story line. Was totally bummed out when I didn't have part two and had to wait ... actually couldn't so I went out and bought the book to finish it. Would recommend it as an entertaining read.

One Shot

Written by Sue Russell from Quitman, TX on April 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have become such a Jack Reacher groupie! Because of the way my books were shipped, I ended up listening to this book while reading another Reacher book, The Enemy. The narrator's intonation is quite good. I appreciate the way he makes this character come alive. The story of course is thought-provoking and has some really good supporting characters. Lee Child pulled these elements together for a terrific conclusion.

One Shot

Written by Anonymous from St. Louis, MO on December 28th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Well done thriller. Keeps your attention and has a number of interesting twists. Does drag a bit in the middle and aspects of the finish are a bit unbelievable, but its Lee Child's Jack Reacher, so not unexpected. Fans of Lee Child will not be disappointed.

best shot

Written by Lee Werley from Chapel Hill, NC on September 18th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was my first book by Lee Child. Great book. This is one time when I agree with the reviews. Great story, nice pace and characters. I will be back.

Jack Reacher Rides Again!

Written by Bill Hord on October 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

For you fans of Jack Reacher it's another round of daring do for the anonymous wanderer. Kinda reminescent of the Lone Ranger. This one is slightly different from the others in that Jack isn't the one in trouble for a change. The character development followed the formula quite well and the plot twists and turns were well executed. And a little bit more of the enigma known as Reacher is revealed. I look forward to the next installment. Who was that hulking dark-haired handsome man?

One Shot

Written by Kenneth Westbrook on October 10th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Make sure that you get the unabridged version of this great book. Lee Child's character, Jack Reacher, is a former MP who knows how to bend the rules to solve a very complex case. He is big, rough, and has a "take no prisoner" attitude. This is a better story-spin than Michael Connelly, so get a comfy chair or listen in your car...it's a treat and one in a series by Lee Child. (Start with "The Enemy.")

One Shot

Written by Anonymous on September 25th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One Shot is an incredible book - Lee Childs at his best. I rented the CD and loved every part of the story - all 10 CD's. My sister in law read the book on a flight from Pittsburgh to Oregon and read the book the entire flight. Lee Childs keeps getting better and better - I can't wait for his next book. This is one of my favourite audio books of all time. You will love it!

One Shot

Written by Kenneth Westbrook on August 26th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book is very detailed almost to a fault. However, the story line is engaging and could make a good movie. The ending is plausible and the book is worth listening to, despite the main character, Jack Reacher, being a bit larger than life and bordering on implausible.

Author Details

Author Details

Child, Lee

Lee Child was born in the exact geographic center of England, in the heart of the industrial badlands. Never saw a tree until he was twelve. It was the sort of place where if you fell in the river, you had to go to the hospital for a mandatory stomach pump. The sort of place where minor disputes were settled with box cutters and bicycle chains. He's got the scars to prove it.

But he survived, got an education, and went to law school, but only because he didn't want to be a lawyer. Without the pressure of aiming for a job in the field, he figured it would be a relaxing subject to study. He spent most of the time in the university theater - to the extent that he had to repeat several courses, because he failed the exams - and then went to work for Granada Television in Manchester, England. Back then, Granada was a world-famous production company, known for shows like Brideshead Revisited, Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect and Cracker. Lee worked on the broadcast side of the company, so his involvement with the good stuff was limited. But he remembers waiting in the canteen line with people like Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Natalie Wood and Michael Apted. And he says that being involved with more than 40,000 hours of the company's program output over an eighteen-year stay taught him a thing or two about telling a story. He also wrote thousands of links, trailers, commercials and news stories, most of them on deadlines that ranged from fifteen minutes to fifteen seconds. So the thought of a novel-a-year didn't worry him too much, in his next career.

But why a next career? He was fired, back in 1995, that's why. It was the usual Nineties downsizing thing. After eighteen years, he was an expensive veteran, and he was also the union organizer, and neither thing fit the company's plan for the future. And because of the union involvement, he wasn't on too many alternative employers' wish lists, either. So he became a writer, because he couldn't think of anything else to do. He had an idea for a character who had suffered the same downsizing experience but who was taking it completely in his stride. And he figured if he brought the same total commitment to his audience that he'd seen his television peers develop, he could get something going. He named the character Jack Reacher and wrote Killing Floor as fast as he could. He needed to sell it before his severance check ran out. He made it with seven weeks to spare, and luckily the book was an instant hit, selling strongly all around the world, and winning both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel. It led to contracts for at least nine more Reacher books.

Lee moved from the UK to the US in the summer of 1998. He lives in New York and France with his American wife, Jane. They have a grown-up daughter, Ruth. Lee likes to travel, for vacations, but especially on promotion tours so he can meet his readers, to whom he is eternally grateful. His latest thriller, Nothing to Lose was published in 2008.