Reacher never backs down from a problem.
And he's about to find a big one, on a deserted Arizona road, where a Jeep has crashed into the only tree for miles around. Under the merciless desert sun, nothing is as it seems.
Minutes later Reacher is heading into the nearby border town, a backwater that has seen better days. Next to him is Michaela Fenton, an army veteran turned FBI agent, who is trying to find her twin brother. He might have got mixed up with some dangerous people.
And Reacher might just need to pay them a visit.
Their leader has burrowed his influence deep into the town. Just to get in and meet the mysterious Dendoncker, Reacher is going to have to achieve the impossible.
To get answers will be even harder. There are people in this hostile, empty place who would rather die than reveal their secrets.
But then, if Reacher is coming after you, you might be better off dead.
Although the Jack Reacher novels can be read in any order, Better Off Dead is the 26th book in the internationally popular series.
Jack Reacher is today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can't get enough of.' Ken Follett
'If you haven't read any Jack Reacher, you have a treat in store . . . a hitchhiker without a phone, a one-man force for good.' The Times
'A contemporary version of the knight in shining armour . . . Reacher is a mythic figure.' Literary Review
'Jack Reacher is a wonderfully epic hero; tough, taciturn, yet vulnerable... Irresistible.' People
'Jack Reacher has long since earned his prominent place in the pantheon of cool, smart-talking American heroes.' New York Times
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this Jack Reacher thriller set in the desolate Arizona desert, danger lurks around every corner. Like, even more than usual. After stumbling upon a strange car crash involving a mysterious female military vet, our drifting vigilante hero gets caught up in a quest to stop a paranoid crime boss. Sibling authors Lee and Andrew Child turn this setup into a tense cat-and-mouse game, artfully building up the suspense as Reacher makes some bold moves to entrap his target. With its gunfights and psychological twists—not to mention the bleak, hard-edged border town setting and the seedy, secretive characters who live there—Better Off Dead is a true page-turner. If the Tom Cruise movies have piqued your curiosity about this long-running series, this is a perfect place to dive in.
Better off Doing Something Else
Sadly, I think this will be the last Jack Reacher book that I buy. It just became a slog to finish it. Over inflated descriptions of buildings, streets and rooms became tedious to plough through. Unless it’s integral to the plot, who cares what is under a table in the left hand corner of a room, or what colour or vintage it is? Reasonable plot, with typical Reacher self dialogue to move the action along. I wouldn’t recommend this book, and I have read all the others in the series.
Not the Same Reacher
The storyline is ok, but that’s about all. Overly descriptive of the wrong things (every single room entered), and written in the first person, which doesn’t flow well 20+ books into a character. It was trying too hard to be different, and missed the magic in the process.
Good but felt long
Dragged out in places. Not as good as usual. Great use of words to be able to depict scenes exactly how they are pictured in your head.