Two things made me hesitate to pick up Lee Child's latest Jack Reacher novel, Gone Tomorrow. The first was the memory of the 12th entry in the series, Nothing to Lose. It was a different Reacher novel, one with a message that hit the reader over the head. The second was that I had heard that Child phoned in this installment. I wish that I remembered where I heard that, as I want to point out that this Reacher novel is as good as any Child has written.
Reacher is traveling through New York City on the subway early in the morning. At that hour, there are only a few people on his car. Of those, only one deserves his attention, and that is because she appears to be a suicide bomber. Reacher, familiar with such things, is comparing the Israeli Counter Terrorism's list of eleven behavioral indicators against the woman. She has set off quite a few red flags. Reacher approaches her, explaining that he is a policeman, and attempts to reduce the threat by calming her. However, she pulls out a gun and kills herself. Interviewed by the FBI, NYPD, and Department of Defense officials, Reacher is asked if she passed him anything. To the Feds, he makes it appear as though he is in possession of something, as he feels that he owes the woman, since he probably should have given her more time, in retrospect, before approaching her. While Reacher has two groups of the Federal Government pursuing him, and the NYPD, there is another group that wants the information, and that group is much more vicious and motivated than anything the US Government can throw at Reacher.
Lee Child has crafted an excellent Jack Reacher novel. In addition to bringing the reader into Reacher's world, where he sees everything but looks at nothing, Child incorporates a realistic premise which keeps the pages turning. Readers familiar with the Reacher novels know that once he is involved in something, he will see it to the end. And dispense his own brand of justice, if necessary. Playing on Reacher's lack of permanent address, Child allows him to move from one location to another fluidly, investigating the reasons behind the suicide. However, Reacher has quite a few groups interested in his interaction with the dead woman, some may not be as they seem, which add to the suspense and thrills. If you were disappointed with Nothing to Lose, Gone Tomorrow will reaffirm your confidence in Lee Child and Jack Reacher.
Already writing the 14th installment in the series, I can't wait to see where Reacher surfaces with his worldly possessions (ATM card, out-of-date passport, and toothbrush).
Gone Tomorrow is the 13th novel in the Jack Reacher series. Reacher is a retired Army MP and a drifter who seems to find big trouble wherever he goes. Reacher is a great character and all the novels in this series are entertaining, but they are very uneven in terms of plot credibility and overall enjoyment. Gone Tomorrow is one of the absolute best of the series. As the novel begins Reacher finds himself on the subway late at night in New York City and happens to see a passenger, … more
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