NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • “Pure, escapist gold . . . Mr. Child’s tough talk and thoughtful plotting make an ingenious combination.”—The New York Times
Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me.
And sure enough, ex—military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. He knows this shooter–a trained military sniper who never should have missed a shot. Reacher is certain something is not right–and soon the slam-dunk case explodes.
Now Reacher is teamed with a beautiful young defense lawyer, moving closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. Reacher knows that no two opponents are created equal. This one has come to the heartland from his own kind of hell. And Reacher knows that the only way to take him down is to match his ruthlessness and cunning–and then beat him shot for shot.
The final sentence of Child's ninth suspenser (after The Enemy) "Then he could buy a pair of shoes and be just about anywhere before the sun went down" is quintessential Jack Reacher, the rugged ex-army cop who practically defines the word "loner" and kicks ass with the best of 'em. In the book's gripping opening, five people are killed when a shooter opens fire in a small unnamed Indiana city. But when ex-infantry specialist James Barr is apprehended, he refuses to talk, saying only, "Get Jack Reacher for me." But Reacher's already en route; having seen a news story on the shooting, he heads to the scene with disturbing news of his own: " done this before. And once was enough." Nothing is what it seems in the riveting puzzle, as vivid set pieces and rapid-fire dialogue culminate in a slam-bang showdown in the villains' lair. (And what villains: a quintet of Russian migr s, the stuff of everybody's worst nightmares, led by a wily 80-year-old who makes Freddy Krueger look like Little Lord Fauntleroy.) As usual, Child makes the most of Reacher's dry wit, cut-to-the-chase psychology and stubborn taciturnity in short, this is a vintage double play for author and leading man.
Who picked Tom Cruise to play Reacher? Not a good choice.
So far all Lee Child books are great.
One of the best writers out there!
For all those not familiar with Lee Child or want to read something by him for the first time please start with "The Killing Floor" come back and we can have a discussion as to why he is one of the best fiction writers out to date! Love Reacher! I'm not sure I would have picked Tom Cruise for the part though. Each fan I'm sure has his/her own vision of Reacher. Keep up the fantastic work Mr. Child!
Having only read a few paragraphs of the different Reacher books and not getting hooked on any I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the movie. Thinking Tom Cruise did not match my idea of Reacher I was pleasantly surprised at the good job he did. Now I am looking at finally reading one to completion.