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Jack Reacher's Rules

by Lee Child
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Jack Reacher's Rules is the ultimate fan's guide to the World of Reacher! Featuring selections from all seventeen electrifying Jack Reacher novels and an introduction from Lee Child himself, this...
Jack Reacher's Rules is the ultimate fan's guide to the World of Reacher! Featuring selections from all seventeen electrifying Jack Reacher novels and an introduction from Lee Child himself, this...
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  • Jack Reacher's Rules is the ultimate fan's guide to the World of Reacher! Featuring selections from all seventeen electrifying Jack Reacher novels and an introduction from Lee Child himself, this one-of-a-kind book compiles timeless advice from maverick former army cop Jack Reacher, the hero of Lee Child's blockbuster thrillers and now the star of a major motion picture.

    My name is Jack Reacher.
    No middle name, no address.
    I've got a rule: People mess with me at their own risk.

    You don't have to break the rules if you make the rules. Case in point: Jack Reacher, the two-fisted, quick-witted, "current poster-boy of American crime fiction" (Los Angeles Times). The brainchild of #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, Reacher is a freelance troubleshooter with a mysterious past--and a serious passion for justice. Now the hard-won knowledge and hard-hitting strategies of fiction's toughest tough guy are within every thriller reader's reach--in a rapid-fire rundown of the trade secrets, tried-and-true tricks, and time-honored tactics that separate the man in the street from the man to beat.

    Rule 1. When in doubt, drink coffee.
    Rule 2. Never volunteer for anything.
    Rule 3. Don't break the furniture.
    Rule 4. Only one woman at a time.
    Rule 5. Show them what they're messing with.

    Please note: Jack Reacher's Rules is a compilation of advice, wisdom, and facts from the Jack Reacher series of novels by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child. It features an introduction by Lee Child, but is not a Jack Reacher novel.

    From the Hardcover edition.

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    BE PREPARED"Hope for the best, plan for the worst."

    • Never count on anything except surprise and unpredictability and danger.

    • Ring doorbells with your knuckles or elbows to avoid leaving fi ngerprints.

    • Sit in diners or bars with your back to the wall so you cannot be surprised from behind.

    • Keep all exits in view.

    • Walk up the edge of stairs to minimize the chances of loud creaks. Stairs squeak at their centers where they're weakest.

    • Go to bed fully clothed so you are always ready for action.

    • Never look through peepholes in doors. Someone could be on the other side, waiting to see the glass darken and shoot you in the eye.

    "We're making an omelette here . . . we're going to have to break some eggs."

    "Optimism is good. Blind faith is not."

    • Always lift a door handle upward. If a door squeaks, it's because it's dropped on its hinges. Upward pressure helps.

    • Climb through a hole feetfirst. If there's an ax or a bullet waiting, better to take it in the legs than in the head.

    • If someone's likely to shoot at you, plant yourself in the middle of a restaurant full of innocent people.

    "Most guys who don't check new equipment are still alive, but by no means all of them."

    • Never trust a weapon you haven't personally test-fired.

    • After you use a car to commit a crime, get it cleaned thoroughly, inside and out, twice, then make sure you leave no DNA.

    • Always have a penny in your pocket--you never know when you're going to need it to unscrew a pair of license plates.

    • If you are climbing up toward a trapdoor into an uncertain situation, catapult yourself up the last eighteen feet as fast as you can.

    "The less I relax, the luckier I get."


    Sorry, I've forgotten my watch.




    First thing to do before attacking a lock is to check that it's not already open. Nothing will make you feel stupider than picking a lock that's not locked.

    The bigger and more ornate the lock, the easier it is to pick.

    "Get a problem, solve a problem."

    Iron bars protecting a window can be forced open with a tire iron. Force it into the siding next to one of the screws. Make a shallow dent in the metal, shove the iron in sideways and under the bars, and haul on it until it gives.

    For a door with a glass panel, use the sole of your shoe to break a hole in the glass, then reach through to the handle.

    To kick a door down: take a run toward the door, making sure to stay upright, and with your dominant leg kick the area below the doorknob hard, using your sole or your heel.

    (NB: All these techniques are most successful when there's no one home.)




    "A magazine he knew to be full, in a gun he knew to be working. A sensible step for a man who planned to live through the next

    • Next to a shotgun, a pool cue is the best weapon in a fight.

    • A handgun at two hundred feet is the same thing as crossing your fingers and making a wish.

    • No point in having a weapon at all unless it's ready for instant use.

    • Don't trust a .38-caliber revolver. You can't rely on them to put a guy down.

    • A chisel plunged into the back of your head is going to seriously ruin your day.


    Take quick, deep pulls to heat the coal on the end of the cigarette up to a couple thousand degrees. When it has lengthened to a point like an arrow, apply...

About the Author-
  • Jack Reacher is a former U.S. Army Military Police major. Since leaving the army, the authorities have not been able to locate him, although his name crops up mysteriously from time to time in connection with investigations into murders, terrorism, and other breaches of the law.

    Lee Child is the author of seventeen Jack Reacher thrillers, including the New York Times bestsellers Persuader, The Enemy, One Shot, and The Hard Way, and the #1 bestsellers The Affair, Worth Dying For, 61 Hours, Gone Tomorrow, Bad Luck and Trouble, and Nothing to Lose, as well as the short stories "Second Son" and "Deep Down." His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in more than forty territories. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures, and Jack Reacher, based on the novel One Shot and starring Tom Cruise, will be released in December 2012. A native of England and a former television director, Child lives in New York City, where he is at work on his next thriller, Never Go Back.

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