Nothing to Lose - Lee Child

Nothing to Lose

By Lee Child

  • Release Date: 2008-06-03
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 879 Ratings


BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lee Child’s The Affair.

Two lonely towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher never turns back. It's not in his nature. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets is big trouble. So in Lee Child’s electrifying new novel, Reacher—a man with no fear, no illusions, and nothing to lose—goes to war against a town that not only wants him gone, it wants him dead.

It wasn’t the welcome Reacher expected. He was just passing through, minding his own business. But within minutes of his arrival a deputy is in the hospital and Reacher is back in Hope, setting up a base of operations against Despair, where a huge, seething walled-off industrial site does something nobody is supposed to see . . . where a small plane takes off every night and returns seven hours later . . . where a garrison of well-trained and well-armed military cops—the kind of soldiers Reacher once commanded—waits and watches . . . where above all two young men have disappeared and two frightened young women wait and hope for their return.

Joining forces with a beautiful cop who runs Hope with a cool hand, Reacher goes up against Despair—against the deputies who try to break him and the rich man who tries to scare him—and starts to crack open the secrets, starts to expose the terrifying connection to a distant war that’s killing Americans by the thousand.

Now, between a town and the man who owns it, between Reacher and his conscience, something has to give. And Reacher never gives an inch.


  • Nothing to close

    By Ecurb513
    A very good book and story, but overtly wordy. Way to descriptive.
  • Nothing to lose

    By steakguy62
    Except your time! Not compelling and too anti Christianity. Time for a new series. Steakguy62
  • Ok

    19 out of 100
  • Don’t start here

    By Alkyty052730
    I started with the first book in the Jack Reacher series, and I’m about to read the next, #12. They are thrilling, edged-of-your seat stories that will have you hooked! Unless you start with this book. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not horrible, but I would not have purchase 11 other books if I had started with this...
  • Worst

    By Wdshelton
    Terrible read in this series.
  • Nothing to Lose

    By Jayhawk 70
    Have read 10-12 of Child's books featuring Reacher. This doesn't measure up to any of the others. Boring, meaningless details. Read about 50% of the book and quit. Very rare for me. LWS
  • Terrible

    By buckeee
    Terrible. Starts ok but it's all downhill. Worst part is using an 'end times preacher' as the vehicle to mischaracterize Christians, the bible, and the book of Revelation.
  • Poor Reacher

    By SoCalRdr36
    Loved the previous stories, but this one not so much. I could actually hear Reacher gagging on the overly political dialogue Child was forcing him to spout. It seemed so inconsistent with everything we've seen from him in the past. Beyond this, the plot was just silly and meandering as if it was being made up on the fly. If this was a sign of things to come, I think I'll look for a new series to get hooked on.
  • A low point in the series.

    By RiccoV
    I've been reading all the Reacher books in order since discovering the series a few months ago. I've loved them all...until this one. Frankly, it was boring, slow and uninspired. I'll continue reading. Certainly I'm not the first of this opinion. He must have found his way back on track.
  • Nothing to write home about.

    By Sspeidel
    I'm reading all the Reachers in published order. This is the weakest one so far. In case you're interested, my favorite was "Enemy"- tightly plotted and subtly written, with compelling characters and mystery. "Nothing to Lose" has a cast of two dimensions and a lot of driving back and forth, or walking back and forth, between Hope and Despair, Colorado, like an old episode of "Rockford", but lacking the charm and humor. There's no "McGuffin"- no central question to drive the plot along, though I read along in hope one would be revealed. Finally I despaired of one, and read only out of respect for the Reacher brand. When the motivation of the villain is finally revealed, I found it totally implausible! I think Child phoned this one in.