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There are heroes. And then there's Reacher.

  • Feb 3, 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 what happens. Reacher is in one of those fallow periods every man would love to have . . . no fixed abode, no obligations, no responsibilities and no thought of tomorrow. He's digging swimming pools in Key West. Someone from up north is looking for him . . . and the regulated mayhem begins. Reacher is not all action. He thinks. He feels. And best of all, he's human. You can finish "Tripwire" and feel exhilarated because you've just spent some time in the company of a genuine hero. And in this day and age of Clinton morality, that's a real change. A welcome one.


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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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