Nothing to Lose - Lee Child

Nothing to Lose

By Lee Child

  • Release Date: 2008-06-03
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,687 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.


  • Just okay

    By Bwayno123
    IMHO: This Reacher story seemed to take awhile to get going and also seemed to drag on towards the ending. If you’re reading them in order like me, you may want to skip this one and come back for it later. Just okay.

    This. Book, Nothing to Lose, is masterfully written as are all of the Authors books about Jack Reacher. IF you want non-stop action, read this book to see what one man can do.
  • Always enjoyable

    By TNT 43094
    Reacher always in the wrong place at the right time!
  • Just Awful.

    By Nike Athlete
    “Hope” is what I had from reading the previous Jack Reacher Novel. “Despair” is what I have while reading this novel. Good Lord. 200 pages of nothing. How many ways can we describe drinking a cup of coffee? And when Reacher is explaining something and says “Later,” you won’t know until the end of the book. Then Child ties it all up with a pretty bow.
  • Good read

    By Jeffn66
    This was the first Jack Reacher novel I read. Don’t ask me why I started here but I did and it was good enough to make me start at the beginning and they just keep getting better.
  • Disappointing

    By MarkDMill
    Reacher spends the first 30% of the book beating up people just because they annoy him & before he even suspects anything is wrong, much less know who is guilty. Very disappointing for a character who usually does what is right. He’s the bully at the start & the fact that he discovers the plot by the end never makes up for his attacks at the start when he didn’t know.
  • Not the best

    By phmokda
    I am a huge Jack Reacher fan and. Probably read over a dozen of these books. So my muted comments here might be only reflective of the fact that I am trying of the series. I like them because they are easy to read, entertaining , and predictable. The last attribute could account for why I am tiring o fhem. Fiction always call for you to suspend belief. But Lee Child asks a lot of this from us. We are to believe that Jack Reacher only has some cash, a toothbrush, an ATM card, and an expired US passport. He buys new clothes rather than wash old ones. He mush comb his hair with his hand. He has no driver’s license but always ends up driving some one else’s car. He always beds another woman, often a cop, with non-descriptive sex. He sometimes finds trouble by accident or it finds him. This story has him involved for few if any personal reasons, other than the fact that he wanted to visit a town named “Despair” and then became more curious about its dubious activities when the powers running the town asked him to leave. There are the three or four fights that he always wins, is always outnumbered, and always escapes with no two much as flesh wound. At the end of the story he moves on. In the end, the story is neither better or worse than many others, although the Killing Floor seems to have been the best plot. Will I read more Reacher books? Maybe. But this one made me pause and ask why.
  • Not interesting

    By truck srp 79
    This wasn’t easy to follow and wasn’t exciting at all.
  • Captures Your Interest

    By NKH20949
    A lot of different trails to follow in this book. Kept you reading to see where each one led.
  • Nothing to lose

    By Johntdoc
    Absolutely great read. Thank you. 3 rd time I read this one.