Lee Child: Die Trying (UK 1999)
From the Publisher:
A Chicago street in bright sunshine, Jack Reacher, strolling nowhere, meets an attractive young woman, limping, struggline with her crutches, alone. Naturally he stops to offer her a steadying arm, and then they turn together - to face twin handguns held level and motionless and aimed straight at their stomachs. Chained to the woman, locked in a dark, stifling van racing 2,000 miles across America, Reacher needs to know who he's dealing with. The kidnappers are saying nothing and his companion claims to be Holly Johnson, FBI agent. She's fierce enough and tough enough, but he knows there must be more to her than that. And at their remote, hostile destination, they will need to act as a team and trust each other, pitting raw courage and cunning against insane violence and seemingly hopeless odds, with their own lives and hundreds more at stake. Filled with non-stop action and gritty suspense, Die Trying is a tightly plotted thriller from one of the most exciting British talents writing today.
Lee Child: Die Trying. Bantam Books, ISBN: 0553505416 (April, 1999), 548 p., £5.99.