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Not the follow-up to 61 Hours I was expecting, but still a great Reacher novel

  • Dec 29, 2010
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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 to drive the doctor to the home of a woman suffering from a nose bleed that refuses to stop bleeding. A few pointed questions from Reacher, the woman tells him that her husband is the reason her nose is bleeding. Reacher takes the doctor's car, confronts the husband, and dispatches his own justice - a broken nose for the husband.

Unfortunately for Reacher, the woman's husband happens to be a member of a local family that controls everything within the town. This family, the Duncan's, own a trucking company that is the only one for hours in any direction. As the vast majority of the people in the area are farmers, without a trucking company, none of their crops will make it to market. While she could call local law enforcement to register a complaint against her husband, the closest police station is over an hour away.

However, there is a new lawman in town and his name is Reacher. In addition to dispensing his own brand of justice to the woman's husband, Reacher gets involved in a 25 year old mystery; the disappearance of an eight year old girl. Both of these investigations bring a lot of attention to Reacher, from the Duncan family, from the community, and from two different sets of gangsters from Las Vegas. Something is going on in this small Nebraska town and Reacher is smack dab in the middle of it.

Worth Dying For was a novel that I greeted with anticipation. After the cliffhanger in 61 Hours, I was expecting Lee Child to continue that story. Instead, we are treated to a novel that has very little in common with 61 Hours, however the reader will be provided with a thumbnail sketch of how Reacher escaped the underground silo and he continually repeats, to anyone that will listen, that he is simply "on his way to Virginia." Those moments aside, Worth Dying For is basically a stand alone Reacher adventure. He is bruised and battered from his time in South Dakota, and that extends into this novel. However, his mind is still very sharp; he quickly understands the dynamics of the local community and uses that knowledge to his advantage.

There are quite a few characters in this novel, along with several story arcs. Child moves the story along quite well, tying up all of the characters and story arcs in an explosive ending. As a stand alone Jack Reacher novel, this entry is one of Child's better entries. As a follow-up to the climatic 61 Hours, which faithful readers waited for Child to resolve several loose ends, Worth Dying For is a disappointment. It appears that Lee Child will be expanding the completion of 61 Hours into several novels. If he keeps Reacher on task, releasing clues and answers within the pages of future tightly written, exciting novels like Worth Dying For, I will have no issues.

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review by . November 18, 2010
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 …
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 …
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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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