Past Tense

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from “a superb craftsman of suspense” (Entertainment Weekly).

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 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 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 they’re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. 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 town. He’s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place?

As Reacher explores his father’s 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.

Praise for Past Tense

“Child is one writer who should never be taken for granted.”The New York Times Book Review

“[Lee Child] shows no signs of slowing down. . . . Reacher is a man for whom the phrase moral compass was invented: His code determines his direction. . . . You need Jack Reacher.”The Atlantic

“Superb . . . Child neatly interweaves multiple narratives, ratchets up the suspense (the reveal of the motel plot is delicious), and delivers a powerful, satisfying denouement. Fans will enjoy learning more of this enduring character’s roots, and Child’s spare prose continues to set a very high bar.”Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review)

“Another first-class entry in a series that continues to set the gold standard for aspiring thriller authors.”Booklist (starred review)

“With his usual flair for succinctness and eye for detail, Child creates another rollicking Reacher road trip that will please fans and newcomers alike.”Library Journal (starred review)


Past Tense - Lee Child Summary

The past tense (abbreviated pst) is a grammatical tense whose principal function is to place an action or situation in past time. In languages which have a past tense, it thus provides a grammatical means of indicating that the event being referred to took place in the past. Examples of verbs in the past tense include the English verbs sang, went and was. In some languages, the grammatical expression of past tense is combined with the expression of other categories such as mood and aspect (see tense–aspect–mood). Thus a language may have several types of past tense form, their use depending on what aspectual or other additional information is to be encoded. French, for example, has a compound past (passé composé) for expressing completed events, an imperfect for expressing events which were ongoing or repeated in the past, as well as several other past forms. Some languages that grammaticalise for past tense do so by inflecting the verb, while others do so periphrastically using auxiliary verbs, also known as "verbal operators" (and some do both, as in the example of French given above). Not all languages grammaticalise verbs for past tense – Mandarin Chinese, for example, mainly uses lexical means (words like "yesterday" or "last week") to indicate that something took place in the past, although use can also be made of the tense/aspect markers le and guo. The "past time" to which the past tense refers generally means the past relative to the moment of speaking, although in contexts where relative tense is employed (as in some instances of indirect speech) it may mean the past relative to some other time being under discussion. A language's past tense may also have other uses besides referring to past time; for example, in English and certain other languages, the past tense is sometimes used in referring to hypothetical situations, such as in condition clauses like If you loved me ..., where the past tense loved is used even though there may be no connection with past time. Some languages grammatically distinguish the recent past from remote past with separate tenses. There may be more than two distinctions. In some languages, certain past tenses can carry an implication that the result of the action in question no longer holds. For example, in the Bantu language Chichewa, use of the remote past tense ánáamwalíra "he died" would be surprising since it would imply that the person was no longer dead. This kind of past tense is known as discontinuous past. Similarly certain imperfective past tenses (such as the English "used to") can carry an implication that the action referred to no longer takes place.A general past tense can be indicated with the glossing abbreviation pst...


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Past Tense1 star

Not a good book. Time to end Reacher series 15

sbelder8

Loved It!5 star

I never wanted this story to end. Loved it from the first word to the last. Makes me wonder how he thinks up such unique situations. Mr. Child’s writing style is probably the most satisfying I’ve ever read. I think it’s the short sentences. Lot’s of sentences with less than 5 words (Reacher said nothing) and I love it. I also appreciate how I never feel lost or frustrated that I don’t know what’s going on. I never feel confused or like I missed something. As soon as a wee bit of confusion starts creeping into my mind, Mr. Child brings out a name or a sound or a place or a color that centers me and lets me know exactly where I’m at. Well done Mr. Child. Please never stop writing these novels. 55

EMuench

Not his best....3 star

Not up to par with past books. Lee seems to be just be filling pages with words. Rambling, disjointed plot. 35

iBlackguy

Worst Reacher2 star

I've read all the Reacher books (some more than once) this is by far the worst one. If you're just getting into Reacher books don't start with this one. 25

SUPERMAN3030

Past Tense2 star

Dumb. Very disappointed. Hard to follow 2 storylines. Waiting for the next Reacher book with hopes that the formula of Reacher returns. 25

BBagwill

Past tense1 star

I would have liked to have written a review on this book, but I can't even open it. It tells me that it's in a format that iBooks can't open...? 15

19ron57

Awful1 star

This was the worst in the series. No point to any of the story lines. Anticlimactic. Sad. I really enjoyed this series until this one. 15

SLZ Tahoe

Past Tense1 star

I’ve read every one of the “Reacher” books. I enjoyed them. This was the worst, by far, of any. I’d bet dinner that Lee Child didn’t write it. In fact, perhaps the worst book I’ve ever read. 15

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Don’t bother1 star

Read any other two Reacher books and you’re better qualified to write this questionable story line than whoever did... 15

Mierda1973

Disappointing2 star

Unfortunately, Mr. Child has written the worst of Reacher’s books - I have read all of them. Long and tedious narratives about irrelevant facts, senseless characters with no credibility (the guys running the motel?), few exciting parts, Reacher missjng from about 50% of the book. It seems another writer took over.?A major disappointment for me, didn’t see it coming. 25


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