"Terrific Jack Reacher tale"
Jack Reacher is minding his business when he sees the cop
and others go after Richard Beck in what appears to be an
abduction attempt. Deciding in a nanosecond to become
involved, Jack kills the cop and the others kill Richard's
bodyguards. Jack takes Richard with him as they escape the
bloodbath. Richard persuades Jack to take him to his home
in Abbot, Maine where he swears his wealthy father, an
oriental rug vendor, will reward him. Reluctantly, Reacher
agrees only when Richard shows a missing ear sliced off
from a previous kidnapping.
However, what is obvious is not always clear when it comes
to Reacher. The kidnapping was a ploy staged so that
Reacher could infiltrate the impregnable home of Beck, who
deals in a lot more than just rugs. Jack knows that Beck
is his mark to finding the dead Quinn. Though not one to
normally become involved, Reacher has unfinished business
with a man reported dead for some time.
The seventh Reacher novel is the usual terrific wild ride
along side a macho maniac who fears nothing including a
game of Russian Roulette in which he is the only player.
The story line is exciting because nothing is what it
first seems although Lee Child always clarifies the obvious
with a new obvious quite quickly. The audience never fully
knows who is doing in whom with Reacher dissecting the
middle. This testosterone thriller will persuade the sub-
genre throng to reach out for this novel and once readers
know Jack the previous works too.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 10, 2003