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.
'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.
This was a strange read for me. It didn’t feel right, it was a Reacher novel, but wasn’t. I don’t know if it’s to do with Andrew Child’s taking over the mantle, but i’d hazard that Lee Child didn’t contribute much. It was good, but not as good as previous novels on the series….
Hard to read
While Lee Child may have had some input to the plot, the writing style is so different i can’t believe he did much of the writing or even editing. I found it almost impossible to read. A lot of the time the sentences were short, I suppose to try and give a sense of tension but it just didn’t work for me.
Also lacked some of the intrigue of other Reacher novels and seemed to go too easily from one scene to another.
This is not the Lee Child that I had grown to love and eagerly await. after reading the last book/collaboration I swore that I would not buy another but due to a gap in my reading material I bought and read it. It is so poor, it is such a hard read because it is just not the same. Reacher is boring and I had to force myself to keep returning to it so that I could get to the end.
That is the end, no more, the Jack Reacher of old has gone… off down another road.