Past tense 

Past tense 
~Child, Lee 
 Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn`t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What`s one extra day? He takes the detour.
 At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they`re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. It`s a strange place, but it`s all there is.
 The next morning, in the city clerk`s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He`s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He`s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place?
 As Reacher explores his father`s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly.

Benjamin Beck