Jack Reacher has, yet again, ended up in trouble. This time, he’s on a bus in the freeing winter of South Dakota. A freak accident and Reacher is stranded. However, things are not as they appear (are they ever?) – the town has a new prison, there’s been a murder and there’s a witness who is in tenuous protection and there are only, you got it, 61 Hours until…
Who is good, who is bad? Who can you trust? How do these people end up dead? And how is Reacher going to survive that extreme cold? Yet another Reacher doozy. I’d wonder how Lee Child does it again and again, but he really just does.
Jack Reacher is on the subway when he spots a woman behaving strangely and all signs point to a suicide bomber. However when she shoots herself, she becomes Reacher’s problem. He’s not prepared to believe that she did this for no reason, and when the authorities aren’t coming up with answers that Reacher likes, he’s not going to let it lie.
I must admit, I didn’t love this one as much as many of the others. It still had all of the classic Reacher tropes, but it didn’t grab me.
Reacher has ended up in Hope but is on his way to Despair. Yup, they are two neighbouring towns in the middle of nowhere. Hope seems to be ok, but Despair is terrible. When Reacher is literally driven out of town, he takes it personally and decides to investigate with the help of an attractive policewoman and a lot of patience.
While I have often stated my love for Jack Reacher books, this one isn’t my favourite. It’s fine, it does its job with the violence and brooding and sex and conspiracy and everything, but I kind of didn’t really care as much. I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy it because I did. It’s more that I just didn’t love it.
Reacher, the loner who travels America with only a travel toothbrush, the clothes on his back and minimal ID. And who always finds trouble – or trouble finds him. This time, it’s his past catching up with him (Or was that last time? Or next time?) and he needs to get back in contact with some of his old army buddies to figure out what’s going on.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I love Jack Reacher novels. They’re a quick, fun read with some sexiness and a fair whack of violence and generally pretty ace times. This is no exception – a group of professional army folks investigating a bad situation and taking control. Right on.
Jack Reacher somehow yet again finds himself in a situation where he needs to mete out justice – and this all started with a cup of coffee. Sitting at a street café for the second day in a row, he witnesses what turns out to have been part of a kidnapping/ransom situation. He ends up working for the man whose wife has been taken – only things are not as they seem. Of course they’re not.
I love Reacher, I love these books. They are ridiculous and wonderful, violent and sexy and such a quick and entertaining read. They also never really sink in – as I got to the end of this book, I realised that I had read it before. It didn’t matter. It was ace.
This is the book that led to the film starring Tom Cruise, one of the greatest mis-castings of all times. (I love Tom Cruise as an action hero, but he’s simply not Lee Child). There has been a sniper shooting killing a handful of people in a mall, and when Reacher hears that ex-army James Barr did it, he needs to get involved. See, the guy who did it did a similar thing years ago in the Middle East, and managed to get away with it, but Reacher, as a Military Policeman, promised that he would ensure that Barr was brought to justice. So why did Barr ask for Reacher?
Having read this years ago, plus seeing the film a few years ago, I knew where this was going. I feel like this is real classic Reacher – things seem to be going one direction, but of course, that’s not where it ends up. And he gets to take out some bad guys.