Lee Child is the author of fifteen Jack Reacher thrillers, including the New York Times bestsellers Persuader, The Enemy, One Shot, and The Hard Way, and the #1 bestsellers 61 Hours, Gone Tomorrow, Bad Luck and Trouble, and Nothing to Lose. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in more than forty territories. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures. A native of England and a former television director, Child lives in New York City, where he is at work on his next thriller.
Edward Hahn, November 16, 2014 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
I must admit I am a hopeless Jack Reacher fan. I know he's too good to be true. I know that no one in their right mind would put themselves in the situations he does. I know that no one can live the way he lives. Yet, I love Lee Child's Reacher series.
In this version, #15, Reacher is dropped off at a middle of nowhere motel in middle of nowhere Nebraska. He witnesses a drunken doctor refuse to treat a woman with an unstoppable nose bleed. Ever righteous, Reacher drives the doctor to the woman's house where he realizes she's a victim of spousal abuse. Reacher then goes and finds her husband and breaks his nose to teach him a lesson.
Problem is, he's interjected himself into a life threatening situation. The husband, his father and two uncles rule this little patch of nowhere through intimidation and outright cruelty both physical and economic. They control all the grain shipments from the farms and use that power along with a bunch of ex-Cornhusker football players and current thugs to keep everyone outright terrorized. Reacher is also apprised of a mysterious young girl's disappearance that has never been solved and he can't seem to keep himself from trying to solve the 25 year old case.
The entire plot, with some of the most evil psychopathic villains, I've ever run across races from one crisis to another, each one putting Reacher in unbelievable danger that he overcomes while moving closer to the ultimate solution. There is also a sub-plot involving Vegas hoodlums that keeps the reader wondering how one guy can clean the whole mess up. But of course he does.
I guarantee that if you enjoy thrillers and pick up this book, you are doomed to want to finish it in as short a time as possible. In my opinion, this is one of Reacher's best and, no surprise, I highly recommend it.
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