Sunday, November 07, 2010

Worth Dying For -- Lee Child

By now you know what to expect. Jack Reacher arrives somewhere and gets involved in the kind of situation that only Jack Reacher could handle. This time he's fresh from his experience in 61 Hours, which a cortisone shot pretty much takes care of. (If you're wondering how he escaped that situation, it's all covered in about four sentences.) He's hitchhiking to Virginia to see the woman he talked with on the phone in 61 Hours when he's dropped in Nowhere, Nebraska. An entire corner of a county has been taken over by the Duncan family, and people do as they're told. They don't call the cops because the cops are far away and not too interested. They don't resist because they know they'd lose. After all, the Duncans have 10 former University of Nebraska football players to do their dirty work. The Duncans have a dark secret, and they don't make all their money hauling farm crops. And then Reacher shows up.

Reacher by now is like an implacable force of nature. The ungodly don't stand a chance against him. It's merely a question of how he's going to deal with them. In this book it's like he's channeling Mack Bolan. Not that the baddies don't deserve that they get. Reacher is the judge, jury, and The Executioner.

Clean writing, slick suspense, the usual extended descriptions of just about everything, and Jack Reacher. That's the package, and if it's not #1 on the bestseller lists, I'm sure it soon will be.


George said...

I've found this series increasing formulaic. But, it must be a winning formula because the books sell zillions.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I admit I don't get it, but I thank him for the free drinks.