Here’s an outstanding book representing the excellence of Lee Child’s writing, plot and development of his hero, Jack Reacher. When I talk to others about this action/thriller mystery series, this is one of the titles that epitomizes the skill of a #1 best seller author!
The violence by either the villain or J.R has a purpose, and is not just thrown at you for shock value. The plot pulls you in and keeps you thinking all the way through the book, right up to the grand finale. The twists and solutions to the problems of solving a crime are logical, well thought out and spelled out within the story, such that you have to go back and reread sections to make sure you got all the detail if you are trying to figure out the plot ahead of the game.
My wife and I had great fun talking about the story after each of us had read the first fifty pages. We both figured that it was a slam dunk to send James Barr to the ‘chair’ for his sniper assassination of five persons in the heartland of Indiana. Then after we finished our separate readings, we went back to those first impressions and laughed at how wrong we were to jump to flawed conclusions based on the ‘facts’.
The book will keep you guessing through the next four hundred pages as Jack Reacher dissects the evidence and eludes the cops who have it in for him as well.
Yep, it’s a great novel. Take it on vacation, take it on the airplane, or just curl up in a corner and turn your spouse into a book widow(er) for a couple of days while you have an intense immersion experience. Then hand them the book and be prepared to take your own medicine! Discuss after the first fifty pages, but for goodness sake, don’t spoil the fun. Let them figure it our for themselves, if they can!
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