"A chilling thriller"
Jack Reacher is always on the move as the former military
police officer goes wherever the whim takes him. He never
worries about local trouble because he is a big athletic
hombre who knows how to take care of himself.
Carmen Grant believes that Jack is the perfect person to
kill her abusive spouse because he is huge and she believes
he feels no remorse. Jack refuses so Carmen murders her
husband, claiming self-defense. The district attorney
happens to have been the deceased's best friend, and
coincidentally happens to find no evidence of spousal
abuse, so Jack begins making inquiries. Carmen abruptly
confesses and someone kidnaps her daughter, leading Jack to
conclude that something is rotten in Echo, Texas.
The anti-hero of ECHO BURNING believes in justice more than
he accepts the law and is willing to dole out his brand
when injustice occurs. Some readers will claim Jack is a
desperado or vigilante while others will think he is a
Robin Hood hero. Regardless, all will agree that his
methods work and he only hunts those deserving of his ire.
The story line is fascinating and complex with numerous
subplots that tie back to the main theme while showing how
creative a talent Lee Child is.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 1, 2001