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Published (US/CA) by Delacorte, 8 September 2015. ISBN:
Published (UK) by Bantam, 10 Sept 2015. ISBN 98-0-5930-7388-9,
Paperback, March 24, 2016.
This is no spoiler: As this
newest book from Lee Child opens, it is made clear from the first paragraph
that someone has been killed, and his body is about to be buried. He is
even identified: His name is Keever. And the mise en scene is apparently
in the middle of nowhere - a wheat field “in the middle of ten thousand
acres of nothingness,” a month before harvest time. Jack Reacher makes
his appearance on the very next page, as he finds himself on a train slowing
down and coming down to a stop in a town apparently called Mother’s Rest,
“which he had seen on a map and which he thought was a great name for a
railroad stop . . . He had no place to go, and all the time in the world
to get there, so detours cost him nothing.” So on a whim more than
anything else, intrigued by the name of the town, he decides to check it out.
Reacher is an imposing figure. He is a
retired military cop, with rare attributes: He is brilliant, with
admirable reserves of intelligence and strengths (both mental and physical, at
6’ 5” and 250 pounds. As he exits the train, he is approached by an Asian
woman, about 5’9” and 40 years old, and very attractive. The woman,
Michelle Chang, has apparently been waiting for a man who fit Reacher’s general
description, and is disappointed that it is Reacher, and not her colleague, the
man called Keever. She is a private detective, ex-FBI, ex-cop from
Connecticut. Keever was trying to make contact with a client whose
identity is a mystery, but now it is her mystery as there has been no word from
Keever since he told Chang he had arrived in Mother’s Rest. Not
improbably, Reacher joins her in her quest.
The mystery of the origin of the name Mother’s Rest
is not resolved until the final pages of the book; the mystery of Keever’s
whereabouts is resolved a bit more quickly, although it is a long and tortuous
road discovering the answer. And it soon appears that the tiny village of
Mother’s Rest is not as peaceful as it might seem, and the small number of
inhabitants are watching every step Reacher and Chang take, and reporting those
movements to something of a master criminal.
The book is meticulously plotted, and wonderfully
well written – no surprise there! There are some constants in a Lee
Child/Jack Reacher novel (and thank goodness for that!) He still abides
by his golden rules, the first of which is “eat when you can,” followed closely
by “hope for the best, plan for the worst,” and travels with “everything he
needed [usually only a toothbrush], and nothing he didn’t.” The
book is trademark Lee Child/Jack Reacher, very high praise indeed, and the
novel is highly recommended.
(As to that title, that is explained in the last
words on the flyleaf: “As always, Reacher’s rule is: If you want me
to stop, you’re going to have to make me.”)
Lee Childwas born in 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative
years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to
the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in
Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada
Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a
presentation director during British TV’s “golden age.” During his tenure his company
made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime
Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40
as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided
to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought
six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack
Reacher series. Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series
which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment. Lee has three
homes—an apartment in Manhattan, a country house in the south of France, and
whatever airplane cabin he happens to be in while travelling between the
two. In the US he drives a supercharged Jaguar, which was built in Jaguar’s Browns
Lane plant, thirty yards from the hospital in which he was born. Lee
spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and watching the Yankees,
Aston Villa, or Marseilles soccer. He is married with a grown-up daughter.
He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise.
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 lower Manhattan.
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.