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A well-written thriller

  • Nov 18, 2010
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This fifteenth book by Lee child is his best. There is no letup of excitement or suspense. The writing, descriptions, character development, and plot are perfect. Six feet five, 250 pounds Jack Reacher, ex-military MP, does not stop when he sees injustice done. He is like a heavy steam roller, like a 150 mile an hour Japanese train barreling on its track and rolling over any pieces of sushi that happens to be on its track. While Agatha Christie's Miss Marple analyses crimes by what she saw in her small hometown, Reacher sees the world through his military experiences. While Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes deduces what people ate or where they ate it by looking at their clothes, Reacher acts based on his keen knowledge of human behavior, behavior he saw at its worst in combat.

On his way hitchhiking to Atlanta, Reacher is let off in a small town in Nebraska and happens upon what seems to be a case of wife beating, the wife of the youngest Duncan. And Reacher, being who he is, can't let it go. He is soon up against the entire family of four Duncans; three brothers in their sixties and a fourth, the husband, who is said to be the son of one of them. But is he? They have ten ex-football players, taller than Reacher and fifty pounds heavier, working for them as bodyguards and henchmen. The Duncans get six reinforcements from Los Vegas, dangerous men, professional killers. They also secure a rifleman to shoot Reacher. Reacher is facing twenty-one people.

Reacher discovers that twenty-five years earlier an eight-year old girl had gone missing. Police from several agencies, including the FBI, had investigated and discovered nothing. The town was convinced that the Duncans were involved and told this to the authorities, but the Duncans had an airtight alibi. He also finds out that the Duncans have improper sexual needs with young girls, around age eight. This supports the town's conviction. He hears about an illegal transport coming to the Duncans. He is told that every person in town is afraid of the Duncans who are exploiting them; even the police do not interfere.

What is going on? What are the Duncans involved in? Why are professionals from outside the State coming to help them? Did they harm or kill the girl twenty-five years ago? Was she the only one? Did the several police agencies miss something twenty-five years ago that Reacher can find after so many years have passed? What is in the transports coming to the Duncans? How can Reacher help the town people? How can a single man fight twenty-one? Does he leave anyone of them alive?

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review by . December 26, 2010
It's rare that I look forward to a specific novel by an author as much as I was anticipating Worth Dying For by Lee Child. This episode in the Jack Reacher story was highly anticipated after the cliffhanger ending of 61 Hours. Did Reacher die in the underground explosion? If he didn't (and you pretty much had to figure Child wasn't going to kill off his franchise character), then how did he escape? And how was Reacher going to recover from whatever happened down there?      …
review by . March 27, 2011
   I really like the Jack Reacher character that Lee Child has created but his plotlines are starting to become a bit inane and annoying.      In this novel Jack Reacher is once again in a small town, sticks his nose in other people’s business and finds himself neck deep in another battle against evil doers.  As Reacher is ambling through an out of the way small Nebraska town he becomes involved in a dispute with the Duncan’s, a family that is involved …
review by . March 13, 2011
"Worth Dying For," is more than just another thriller but, in a sense, is a morality tale with a good person against a despicable evil.      The premise of Jack Reacher arriving at a small Nebraska town and helping the defenseless residents is alluring.      Reacher is pitted against the Duncan family who have strong-armed the local population into submission. The town sank into its cesspool of lethargy and neglect so slowly that it happened before …
review by . December 29, 2010
Worth Dying For, the latest novel from Lee Child, opens as Jack Reacher finds himself in Nebraska, after an incredible adventure in South Dakota. He is dropped off in a small town, sixty miles from anywhere of significance. Walking into a hotel lounge, looking for a room, he overhears the bartender/hotel manager tell another person that there is a phone call for him. The drunk person, the town doctor, refuses the call. Reacher is not happy hearing a doctor turn down a call looking for help. He decides …
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2010: You'd think that after 14 novels featuring hardscrabble hero, Jack Reacher, Lee Child's pulse-pounding series would start showing signs of wear. It is nothing short of remarkable that Child is not only able to continually reinvent his ex-military cop, but that each installment is better than the last.Worth Dying Forfinds our battered hero hiding in plain sight in a tiny Nebraska town, trying to recover from the catastrophe he left behind in South Dakota (no spoilers here, but readers are still arguing over61 Hours’s cliffhanger ending). Fans rarely see such a physically vulnerable Reacher (in the first part of the book he is barely able to lift his arms) but it just adds to the fist-pumping satisfaction of seeing our weary good guy take on the small-town baddies. --Daphne Durham
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ISBN-10: 0385344317
ISBN-13: 978-0385344319
Author: Lee Child
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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