Die Trying (novel)

Die Trying (novel)
Die Trying  
Die trying book.jpg
1998 Hardcover edition
Author(s) Lee Child
Country United States
Language English
Series Jack Reacher
Genre(s) Thriller novel
Publisher Putnam
Publication date July 1998
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 374 pp
ISBN 0-399-14379-3
OCLC Number 37546904
Dewey Decimal 813/.54 21
LC Classification PS3553.H4838 D54 1998
Preceded by Killing Floor
Followed by Tripwire

Die Trying is the second novel in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published in 1998 by Putnam.


Plot introduction

In Chicago, Jack Reacher stops to help Holly Johnson, an attractive young woman. For his pains he is kidnapped with no explanation. She claims to be an FBI agent, but is this the truth of the situation?

Plot summary

Having run short on cash, Reacher has paused in his travels and is working in Chicago when he stumbles into the kidnapping of FBI agent Holly Johnson and he is also held. The pair are whisked across the United States in the back of a stolen Ford Econoline van, while back in Chicago Holly's colleagues frantically piece together the puzzle of her sudden disappearance. Initially they are detained in a barn in North Dakota but Reacher kills one of their captors and hides the body (this is discovered later). They are moved on again in the van.

Arriving in Yorke County (fictional),a remote area of Montana, Reacher and Holly find themselves up against the Montana Militia, a band approximately 100 strong led by Beau Borken,a majestic yet ruthless megalomaniac intent on more than simple secession from the union. Holly is the daughter of a general - the head of the joint chiefs of staff. She's defensive about her family connections, having had to work hard to dispel notions of nepotism, so it's a while before she reveals to Reacher that she's also the President's god-daughter.

To add to the complications, there's Brogan, a mole infiltrated into the Chicago FBI team, and an undercover federal agent, Jackson, in the militia group. Before long, one betrays the other and Jackson dies a horrible death by being crucified in the woods.

Even as they close in on the Montana camp, the FBI believe that Reacher was part of the kidnap team. Reacher's old commanding officer, General Leon Garber, arrives to convince them otherwise and ends up playing a critical role.

Awards and nominations

  • 2003 WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award winner.[1]


  1. ^ "WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award winners". everything2.com. http://everything2.com/title/W%2520H%2520Smith%2520Thumping%2520Good%2520Read%2520Award. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 

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