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The latest entry in what is arguably today's finest thriller series (Persuader, etc.) flashes back to series hero Jack Reacher's days in the military police. It's New Year's Eve 1990, the Soviet Union is about to collapse and the military is on tenterhooks, wondering how a changed globe will affect budgets and unit strengths, when the body of a two-star general is found in a motel near Fort Bird, N.C. Investigating is Reacher, 29, an MP major who's just been transferred from Panamaâ€"one of dozens of top MPs swapped into new posts on the same day, he later learns. Missing from the general's effects is a briefcase that, it's also revealed later, contained an agenda for a secret meeting of army honchos connected to an armored division. Then the general's wife is found bludgeoned to death at home and, soon after, a third body surfaces, of a slain gay Delta Force soldier whose murder contains clues pointing to Reacher as culprit. With Summer, a young black female lieutenant MP at his side (and, eventually, in his bed), Reacher digs deep, in his usual brilliant and violent way, butting against villainous superior officers, part of a grand conspiracy, as well as against members of Delta Force who think that Reacher killed their colleague. Unlike recent Reacher tales, the novel is as much mystery as thriller, as Reacher and Summer sift for and put together clues, but the tension is nonstop. There's a strong personal element as well, involving Reacher's relationship with his brother and dying mother, which will make the novel of particular interest to longstanding fans of the series. Textured, swift and told in Reacher's inimitably tough voice, this title will hit lists and will convince those who still need convincing that Child has few peers in thrillerdom.
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ISBN-10:  0385336675
ISBN-13:  978-0385336673
Author:  Lee Child
Genre:  Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher:  Delacorte Press
Date Published:  2004
Format:  Hardback, Paperback
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Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
What an exception writer Lee Child is. Some of what he writes is so unbelieveable but so engrossing.
review by . March 14, 2009
Lee Child has something pretty good going with his Jack Reacher novels. Prior the The Enemy, we've known Reacher as the ex-military police officer and a drifter who has a penchant for finding trouble and for trouble finding him. In this novel Reacher is still in the military and a very hot case falls into his lap.     The plot itself is fairly simple one. While stationed at Fort Bird, North Carolina Reacher is on duty when a General is found dead in sleazy hotel room. But, it's …
review by . January 06, 2006
In this installment of the Jack Reacher series, Lee Child takes a step back into Reacher's past... The Enemy.    Most of the Reacher books involve current day action since Reacher left the military police and started drifting around the country. But in The Enemy, you're dumped back into 1990. Reacher gets a call on New Year's Eve related to a dead general in a hotel room. Naked, with condom, but no partner. No briefcase either, and that overlooked fact causes Reacher to wonder …
review by . May 20, 2005
Lee Child has something pretty good going with his Jack Reacher novels. Prior the The Enemy, we've known Reacher as the ex-military police officer and a drifter who has a penchant for finding trouble and for trouble finding him. In this novel Reacher is still in the military and a very hot case falls into his lap.    The plot itself is fairly simple one. While stationed at Fort Bird, North Carolina Reacher is on duty when a General is found dead in sleazy hotel room. But, it's …
review by . October 21, 2004
This is a mystery with so many historical and social undercurrents that you must be very knowledgeable about the atmosphere of the times to understand them all. The setting is New Year's Day in 1990 and they are giddy times in Europe. The German people are smashing the hated symbol of the communist conquest of Eastern Europe, the Berlin Wall, to pieces. For all practical purposes, the Cold War is over and the Western democracies are victorious. However, military people who are paid to think ahead …
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