Night School - Lee Child

Night School

By Lee Child

  • Release Date: 2016-11-07
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,988 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The incomparable hero of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back takes readers to school in his most explosive novel yet. After eleven straight global #1 bestsellers, discover the thrillers that The New York Times calls “utterly addictive.”

It’s 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he’s off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind.

Two other men are in the classroom—an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there.

Then they find out: A Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor—a Saudi courier, seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown. A CIA asset, undercover inside the cell, has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message: The American wants a hundred million dollars.”

For what? And who from? Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American. Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with: Sergeant Frances Neagley. Their mission heats up in more ways than one, while always keeping their eyes on the prize: If they don’t get their man, the world will suffer an epic act of terrorism.

From Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev, Night School moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, faked identities, and new and terrible enemies, as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law.

Praise for Night School

“The prose is crisp and clean, and the fighting is realistic. . . . This latest installment has all the classic ingredients: a great setting (Hamburg), a good villain, and a mystery that draws you in efficiently, escalates unpredictably, and has a satisfying resolution.”The New Yorker
“Another timely tour de force . . . The taut thriller is textbook [Lee] Child: fast-paced and topical with a ‘ripped from the headlines’ feel.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“As gripping as ever.”The Florida Times-Union

Praise for #1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series

“Reacher [is] one of this century’s most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes.”—The Washington Post


  • Night School

    By myfavruffle
    As always, a great Jack Reacher book.
  • Didn’t read yet

    By susan collins fan
    My friend is obsessed can’t wait to read it...
  • Night school

    By boots saddle
    Not up to club standards. Boring with a capital “B”. Struggled through first half and gave up. Waist of $$.
  • Disappointed

    By favorite author new genre
    The overall story was good. However, as other disillusioned readers have pointed out, there were horrendous, vulgar scenes that were completely unnecessary. The nightclub descriptions were reprehensible. They added less than nothing to the story and were the most off-putting things I have ever read in any book. I have recently begun making my way through the entire Reacher series. I am grossly disappointed by these scenes. I hope this is a singular incident. The Reacher books I had read to this point all had the same formula where Reacher slept with a new female character he just met while saving the world in his unbeatable way. There have always been mercifully bare details about this part of the books’ formulas. This particular book took the frequency and descriptions entirely too far. These are supposed to be action books, not porn.
  • Jacks back

    By Dicklittle
    Typical Jack Reacher. Sittin alone drinking coffee one minute and up to his eyebrows in beautiful women and bad guys. Sometimes a guy just can’t catch a break.
  • Night School was not the best

    By train guy 101
    I love the Reacher stories but this one was long on detail and short on drama. It seemed to drag on and generally I couldn’t wait to put it down and go to sleep. The concluding chapters were fun but the lead up to it was sluggish.
  • Night School

    By ADurer
    Better than last year's lame offering, but still weak compared to all that built the brand in the early years. Great thrillers build tension; this one doesn't. The antagonists are too thinly sketched to really despise. The trio of 'cooperatives' barely talk, so why use that as a foundation? The twists and turns as the sketch evolves are interesting. The final act is weak. Oh, and pistol cartridges don't shoot holes in things when they 'cook' off; there is no controlled pressure to send them on a high velocity trajectory. That may seem petty, but Lee Childs is known for well researched detail. A lack of believability in a key scene has no place in his work. And what's with the America is better/smarter than Germany vein? Maybe next year will start to sing again.
  • Night school

    By kanootnooma
    Sort of an homage to Len Deighton, loved it!
  • Slow story

    By Jim0524
    I kept waiting for the typically fast paced, high energy excitement I've grown to enjoy in the Jack Reacher story series. Well, even Babe Ruth struck out some time. This book was worth reading but don't expect it to be up to the same standards we readers have grown to love and enjoy. It's still well written and the dialogue and romance are there. It's just, well, slow paced. Maybe next time...
  • Not good

    By Richey85255
    I am surprised at how bad this book was. I have read all the Reacher novels and used to love them. This book makes me want to stop reading Lee Child all together.