THE FIRST JACK REACHER NOVEL
The bestselling novel featuring the “wonderfully epic hero”(People) who inspired the hit films Jack Reacher and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He’s just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he’s arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Reacher knows is that he didn’t kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn’t stand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell.
Although the tale is built around a coincidence as big as the author's talent, beautifully detailed action scenes and fascinating arcana about currency and counterfeiting enliven this taut and tough-minded first novel by British TV writer Child. Out of sheer restlessness and rootlessness, 36-year-old ex-military policeman Jack Reacher persuades a Greyhound bus driver to make an unscheduled stop in Margrave, the small Georgia town where Reacher's brother, a U.S. Treasury official, just happens to have been murdered a few hours earlier. Reacher doesn't know about his brother's death or suspect his presence in the town. Indeed, when he's arrested in a local diner for being a conspicuously mysterious stranger, Reacher tells the detective who interviews him that he dropped off the bus to investigate the death of Blind Blake, a guitar player murdered in Margrave 60 years ago. Downsized out of the military, Reacher has cutting-edge investigative and killing skills that come in handy the moment he learns of his brother's murder. This combination of events is so unbelievably convenient that it almost overwhelms the book's solid writing. The reader expects the other shoe to drop-for Reacher to be revealed as an undercover agent, or some such; but it never does. Otherwise, Child writes with a hand as strong and steady as steel. Margrave is a wonderful creation, a seemingly picture- perfect community under the care of a mysterious foundation where the streets are always swept and the people who run the tiny local businesses get grants of $1000 a week to stay open. Two scenes of brutal violence in a nearby prison are rendered with exquisite precision, as is a stalking murder inside the baggage area of the Atlanta airport, and the vast counterfeiting conspiracy that Reacher's brother was probing is wholly credible.
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Action packed thriller
Jack Reacher is a hero and hurray to Lee Child for bringing this action hero to life. Lovable and faulted, Reacher sets an interesting pace with the conflict of duty and conscience at the forefront! FABULOUS BOOK. I COULD NOT PUT MY PHONE DOWN!
A bit unrealistic
Well I first had a problem with the character because he is/was a Officer in the MP corps who investigated murders and collected a lot of skills that he drew on in this book.
Mot much research done on the authors part. Officers in the MP corps are not investigators. That falls into MPI and CID which are NCO's and Warrant Officers. Along with a set of skills no army MP would pick up in their time in. A civilian cop perhaps but not an MP.
Now don't get me wrong the book is a good read, but the main character is a bit "too good".
Then again maybe I am being a bit harsh considering I actually know what an MP's background should be.
I love this guy. Jack reacher is the first person I would pick for my side in a fight. Always thinking 5 steps ahead.