Jack Reacher finds trouble in Texas in the fifth novel in Lee Child’s New York Times bestselling series.
Thumbing across the scorched Texas desert, Jack Reacher has nowhere to go and all the time in the world to get there. Cruising the same stretch of two-lane blacktop is Carmen Greer. For Reacher, the lift comes with a hitch. Carmen’s got a wild story to tell—all about her husband, her family secrets, and a hometown that’s purely gothic. She’s also got a plan. Reacher’s part of it. And before the sun sets, this ride could cost them both their lives.
Jack Reacher, the vagabond freelance lawman who never hesitates to stick his nose into private business, takes his lively act to Texas, embroiling himself in what starts as a messy domestic dispute before turning far more ominous. The rugged former army cop comes to the aid of Carmen Greer, who picks him up on the side of the road one morning outside Lubbock, then asks him to kill her abusive husband. Sloop Greer is getting out of prison in a few days, and Carmen fears he will start beating her again. Reacher declines, but agrees to protect Carmen, hiring on as a cowhand at the couple's remote ranch in Echo County, Tex., far outside Pecos. Within hours of Sloop's return from prison, where he was serving time for tax evasion, violence strikes. But the victim isn't Carmen; it's Sloop. He's found shot dead, and Carmen is arrested. End of story? Hardly. Most wandering heroes would move on at this point, but not Reacher. He begins taking a hard look at both Carmen and Sloop's past, as well as local history. What he finds ugly secrets, human suffering, political evil is repulsive to a man who's been around as many blocks as Reacher. Child (Running Blind; Tripwire) has developed a fine franchise with Reacher, who comes from the Robin Hood mold, but has enough personal quirks and moments of unusual insight to separate him from the pack. Set in a literally and figuratively smoldering landscape, this is a clean, infectious story that taps deeply into two troubling human emotions the psychology of abuse and the desire for retribution. Author tour.
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What did Texas do to Lee Child?
I am grateful that there was a Reacher book where he actually didn’t sleep with a woman he just met.
Does it bother anyone else that he doesn’t seem to wear deodorant? I’m glad he at least has a toothbrush, but I can’t imagine how bad he must smell with all that intense action and no deodorant.
I’m not sure why I begin a new Reacher book as soon as I finish each one. The first few I read were all really good, but it seems like every other one I read now is disappointing. This storyline was highly implausible, so that made it hard stick with to the end.
Mr. Child’s opinion of Christian conservative Texans like me is painfully obvious. I think it is probably an opinion quietly shared by many authors, but Mr. Child spells it out loud and clear for you. Thankfully, his opinion of Texas and Texans is far removed from the reality I inhabit. It is quite tiresome the way that liberal individuals accuse conservatives of being racist. Liberals are the ones who seem dogmatic about continually pointing out and stirring up the differences in races and projecting opinions on different groups. As a Christian, conservative, Southerner, I know that God created every single one of us, and no one person is better than anyone else.
Now, off to start the next Reacher in line, fingers crossed it’s a good one...
As with most of the Reacher books I feel that it is just a guilty pleasure. The book, like all of them needs better research. The book relies on racial and regional stereotypes and not a little racist insinuation. He paints white Texans as backwards, hillbillies.
My least favorite Reacher novel
I enjoy the Jack Reacher series and try to overlook most of the flaws due to the interesting characters and storylines. I had to force myself to get to the end of this one. Not sure if Lee Child had a deadline to meet and few ideas at the time, but this is a must-pass book in the series.
Terrible depiction of Texas. The storyline is so implausible it I don’t think it would have been published without Child’s name attached to it.