"I know I say this every year. . .But. Best. Reacher. Ever." (Karin Slaughter)
It’s just a voice plucked from the air: ‘The American wants a hundred million dollars’.
For what? Who from? It’s 1996, and the Soviets are long gone. But now there’s a new enemy. In an apartment in Hamburg, a group of smartly-dressed young Saudis are planning something big.
In the morning they gave Reacher a medal, and in the afternoon they sent him back to school.
Jack Reacher is fresh off a secret mission. The Army pats him on the back and sends him to a school with only three students: Reacher, an FBI agent, and a CIA analyst. Their assignment?
To find that American. And what he’s selling. And to whom.
Although the Jack Reacher novels can be read in any order, Night School is 21st in the series.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
As brusquely effective as ever, Lee Child takes his signature antihero back to 1996 for the 21st Jack Reacher novel. In this prequel, Reacher’s in his mid-30s; he's a stony, decorated military police officer in the U.S. army who’s dispatched into a pre-9/11 hive of global terrorism. Child lays the groundwork with his usual convincing details and brandishes some of the most cynical banter in the business. We especially loved discovering the roots of Reacher’s longstanding issues with authority.
Set in 1996, bestseller Child's splendid 21st Jack Reacher novel (after 2015's Make Me) delves into his hero's U.S. Army past. Right after Reacher is commended for a mission in the Balkans, he's immediately sent "back to school." It turns out that school means a vital and secret mission: a sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has learned of an American traitor with something to sell to Islamic terrorists for $100 million. Alfred Ratcliffe, the U.S. president's National Security Adviser, tells Reacher and his fellow students two seasoned agents from the CIA and the FBI "we have enemies everywhere" and gives Reacher's team its orders: "Your job is to find that American." It's no spoiler to say that Reacher handles the heavy lifting on-site in Hamburg, though he's ably assisted by two former military police colleagues, Frances Neagley and Manuel Orozco. The premise of the pre-9/11 plot is both compelling and disconcerting, and Child applies his trademark eye for detail to make the whole endeavor surprisingly and thrillingly credible.