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Published by Dell, May, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-440-24631-2
The action in this newest in the Jack Reacher series begins with a body
discovered in what is apparently an abandoned pumping station in rural
Nebraska, an eyewitness able to give only scant details of the two men he saw
with the victim, and who drove away in a bright red car afterwards. Very
shortly thereafter, in addition to the local police, representatives of several
governmental agencies designated by groups of letters such as CIA and FBI
descend on the area. An alert is quickly put in place on all highways
along the area interstates for the two men.
Reacher is variously described here as ex-military, specifically a former major
in the Criminal Investigation Division of the Military Police, now unemployed
and essentially homeless, self-described, most pertinently here, as “just a
guy, hitching rides.” On the same mid-winter night, he has been standing
at the side of an on-ramp for over an hour when he is given a ride in a car
with two men and a woman inside, his ultimate destination being Virginia. That
destination and his present appearance, the main feature of which is a badly
broken nose, are the aftermath of events at the end of the last book in the
series; an imposing figure overall, the broken nose is probably the main reason
why it took so long for him to be offered a ride.
the points of view alternate between Reacher and Julia Sorenson, the FBI
Special Agent first called to the crime scene, a very capable 25-year Bureau
veteran out of the Omaha
field office. Eventually their paths cross, and they work together to get
to the bottom of what turns out to be anything but your average murder.
book is everything one can expect in a Lee Child/Jack Reacher novel, including
terrific plotting and characterizations, and especially Reacher himself, who,
when asked by one of the men in the car that picked him up, “You don’t like to
be pushed around, do you, Mr. Reacher?” responds “I don’t know. I’ve never
been pushed around. If it ever happens, you’ll be the first to find out
whether I like it or not.” He demonstrates once again his vast knowledge
of relatively arcane trivia, such as the population and area codes of almost
any spot in the United States.
It’s great to have him back, and the novel, one I swiftly devoured, is highly
Reviewer: Gloria Feit
Lee Child is one of
the world's leading thriller writers.His novels consistently achieve the number
one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the
Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages.His debut novel, Killing
Floor, was written after he was made redundant from his television job in
Manchester, and introduced his much-admired maverick hero, the former military
cop Jack Reacher.Born in Coventry, he now lives in America.
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.