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"...the pessimist may be proven right, but the optimist has a better ...trip." Daniel Readon

  • Feb 12, 2011
Jack Reacher is digging wells in Florida when he learns that someone is looking for him.

He finds that the woman's name is Mrs. Jacob and when the man she sent is murdered, Reacher travels to her home. When he arrives at Jodie Garber's home, friends are just departing after paying respects to Jodie's father, Gen. Garber, who recently died.

Jodie is divorced and uses her married name for business. Reacher tells her that people are searching for her when two men attempt to kill her. Reacher acts quickly and saves Jodie.

In New York, Hook Hobie is behind the attempted murder. He is also in the process of terrorizing a corporate CEO and the man's wife. Chester Stone had borrowed money from Hobie and Hobie had Stone put the corporate stock as collateral. Then Hobie manipulated the stock so he could control the corporation.

Reacher and Jodie are attempting to find out what Jodie's father was investigating when he died. They learn that he met an elderly couple named Hobie who were searching for their son, Victor. Victor was a helicopter pilot who disappeared in his second tour in Vietnam.

Events follow as the two plot lines connect. The tension is excellent and the plotting is masterful. Reacher shows the traits that will endear him to fans into the future.

Lee Child has written an excellent thriller. The cat and mouse game played by Hobie and Reacher is well played out and realistically described. There are also some well placed surprises in this highly entertaining novel.

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February 12, 2011
Another thriller author I really should be adding to my lists. Nice review, Michael.
February 13, 2011
You're such a friend, I always appreciate your comments. Mike PS Think I'm going to a family reunion in the Gananaque area of Ontario around July 4th, are you ever in that area?
February 13, 2011
Not by happenstance. But we might arrange a meeting.
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review by . October 15, 2005
Yup... completely and totally hooked... I just finished up the third installment in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child... Tripwire. And they seem to keep getting better.    Reacher, an ex-Army MP and drifter, is now in the Keys digging swimming pools by hand. No plan, no direction, it's just where he is at this point in time. His routine starts to crumble when two separate parties from New York show up looking for him, and he doesn't have a clue as to why they should need to …
review by . February 03, 2000
Reacher, the protagonist in "Tripwire" is a hero. A salt of the earth guy with solid morals and streetsmarts. He really doesn't want to get involved with anyone else's life - and doesn't want anyone involved with his. But once people lacking his decency force their way into his life . . . well, they get hurt. And you feel good because they do. Real good. Granted, there are few bumps in the plot, but they easily tossed aside because you want to move on to the next page and the one after that to learn …
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Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is lying low in Key West, digging up swimming pools by hand. He is not at all pleased when a private detective starts asking questions about him. But when the detective, Costello, turns up dead with his fingertips sliced off, Reacher realizes it is time to move on.

As in Lee Child's two previous thrillers, Die Trying and Killing Floor, Reacher is soon up to his neck in lethal trouble, this time involving a vicious Wall Street manipulator, a mysterious woman (of course), and the livelihood of a whole community. Even the fate of soldiers missing in action in Vietnam is stirred into the brew.

But this is not a book by one of the new breed of U.S. thriller writers. Child prides himself on his ability, as an Englishman, to write American thrillers that are utterly convincing in milieu and toughness of action, without a trace of English sensibility. Tripwire is no exception. Every bit as lean and compulsive as its predecessors, it also builds on the freshest aspect of those books: Reacher may be a tough, epic hero, but he always remains human and vulnerable. --Barry Forshaw

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ISBN-10: 0399144676
ISBN-13: 978-0399144677
Author: Lee Child
Publisher: Putnam Adult

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