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Jack Reacher is too much fun!

  • Jul 27, 2010
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Loner Jack Reacher, the former MP who travels so light he buys new clothes rather than do laundry, is on his action-packed toes in this 14th thriller. It's winter in South Dakota, the snow is piling up and a real storm is on its way.

The 61-hour countdown (the story's framework) begins when a terrified lawyer takes dictated instructions from a prison inmate and passes them down the line to a drug lord in Mexico.

Reacher is hitching a ride with a tour bus of senior citizens when the lawyer's car narrowly misses them, sending the bus into a skid. No big deal except emergency services are all occupied elsewhere, the bus is out of commission, and the heat is rapidly dissipating.

Despite the bone-chilling cold and his very inadequate jacket (one does wonder why a smart guy like Reacher doesn't know about winter in the Dakotas even if he is just passing through), Reacher organizes the first aid. Help arrives before they all freeze - a prison bus from the big new facility that's brought prosperity to the small town of Bolton.

It doesn't take Reacher long to realize something's wrong in Bolton, which has way too many cops and an extreme suspicion of strangers. But it takes a while to get the overwhelmed police chief and his levelheaded deputy, Andrew Peterson, to trust him. Once they realize "he's the sort of guy who sees things five seconds before the rest of the world," they enlist his help.

Turns out there's a biker gang running a meth lab in an impregnable old military facility out near the prison. The cops got lucky and nailed their leader, but the witness, a feisty old woman, is in danger and the oversized police force has a contract with the Feds that is likely to leave their witness without a guard at some point.

Any trouble at the prison and every police employee, on or off duty, is compelled to respond. No exceptions. In return, the police force has been doubled and every cop has his/her own cruiser.

And now, to further complicate the situation, a biker has been murdered. Bolton PD needs to know what the military facility is, but no one will tell them. Peterson thinks Reacher might have better luck.

Yes, some of these elements sound familiar, but that doesn't mean Jack Reacher isn't just as much fun as ever. The vividly painful, dangerous, and dramatic weather helps shape the narrative and readers learn a bit more about the human side of this action hero before a cliffhanger ending that will leave readers itching to get their hands on multi-award-winner Child's next Reacher book, due out this fall.

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review by . February 22, 2011
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review by . August 28, 2010
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review by . August 05, 2010
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review by . August 06, 2010
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review by . June 22, 2010
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review by . June 10, 2010
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Quick Tip by . November 05, 2010
This is not the best Reacher by far.....instead, this is a weak Reacher with a very open ending that did not go over with readers at all well.
review by . June 14, 2010
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Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
Jack Reacher is sooooo cooool!!!
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
good
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After a brief stop in New York City (Gone Tomorrow), Jack Reacher is back in his element—Smalltown, U.S.A.—in bestseller Child's fine 14th thriller to feature the roving ex-military cop. When a tour bus on which he bummed a ride skids off the road and crashes, Reacher finds himself in Bolton, S.Dak., a tiny burg with big problems. A highly sophisticated methamphetamine lab run by a vicious Mexican drug cartel has begun operating outside town at an abandoned military facility. After figuring out the snow-bound, marooned Reacher's smart, great with weapons, and capable of tapping military intelligence, the helpless local cops enlist his assistance, and, as always, he displays plenty of derring-do, mental acuity, and good old-fashioned decency. While the action is slower than usual, series fans will appreciate some new insights that Child provides into his hero's psyche and background as well as a cliffhanger ending.Author tour. (May)
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ISBN-10: 0385340583
ISBN-13: 978-0385340588
Author: Lee Child
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Published: 05-18-2010
ISBN: Hard Cover
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