In Tripwire, Reacher is settling into lazy Key West when his life is interrupted by a stranger who comes looking for him. When the stranger turns up beaten to death in the Old Town cemetery - fingertips removed - Reacher knows whomever the man was working for is not a friend. Reacher follows the trail to New York, where he confronts the people who dispatched the dead man: an elderly couple still mourning an all-American son lost in Vietnam; an alluring and intelligent woman from Reacher's own haunted past; and at the center of the web, an opponent more vicious than any he's ever faced.
About The Author
LEE CHILD is the author of ten Jack Reacher thrillers, including the New York Times bestsellers Persuader, the Barry Award Winner The Enemy, and One Shot, which has been optioned for a major motion picture by Paramount Pictures. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry Awards for Best First Mystery. Foreign rights in the Jack Reacher series have sold in thirty-nine territories. Child, a native of England and former television writer, lives in New York City, where he is at work on his eleventh Jack Reacher thriller.
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A great way to brak the monotony of the day.
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Can't put Jack Reacher books down
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The guy must be channeling Dashiell Hammett.
Jack Reacher, the hulking ex-soldier readers will remember from Child's first two thrillers, Die Trying and Killing Floor, can kill with his bare hands, and sports chest muscles thick enough to stop bullets. He's actually a dynamo of a character, wily in an innocent sort of way, and the anchor to one of the best new series in thriller fiction. Here, Reacher is incognito, living the life of a drifter and digging swimming pools in Key West. When a PI from New York comes looking for him, and shortly afterwards turns up dead with his fingertips sliced off, Reacher flies north and discovers that the instigator of the search is Leon Garber, his former army commanding officer. But Garber has died the day before Reacher arrives. As Reacher finds out from Jodie Jacob, Garner's beautiful attorney daughter, Garber was helping an elderly couple to locate their son, who supposedly died in a helicopter crash during the Vietnam War. The military won't confirm the death, however, or even classify the soldier as missing in action. Pursuing the search together, Reacher and Jacob narrowly escape murder attempts by a pair of dark-suited thugs who work for an evil corporate loan shark named "Hook" Hobie, who has a hideously disfigured face and a metal hook for a right hand. Hobie is harboring a terrible secret linking him to the couple's vanished son, and he'll kill anyone who tries to discover his diabolical past. A showdown between the two men is inevitable, and when it happens, it's a beaut — almost as good as Child's skillfully laid surprise ending and the crisp and original dialogue throughout. Reacher is a complex, contemplative brute whose aversion to social and material entanglements entail very peculiar habits and ideas. He never cleans his clothes, preferring to buy new ones (going to a dry cleaner implies a commitment to return); and he's spellbinding whether kicking in doors or just kicking around a thought in his brain.
Jack Reacher is retired from his career as a military policeman and settled into a low-profile life in Key West, FL. Alas, the calm is not to last. A man turns up murdered in the cemetery, and Reacher realizes he was the murdered man's reason for coming to the city. He then launches a search to discover who is behind the killing. The trail leads from sunny Key West to gritty and glitzy New York, a tortuous maze that involves an elderly couple who believe their son is a POW in Vietnam, the daughter of Reacher's deceased friend, and a man deeply in debt to a truly chilling villain. Dick Hill does a good job of keeping the pace, knowing when to pick up the tempo and when to lay back. His women don't really sound like women, though the characters' personalities do come through, which is this reviewer's measure of a good reading. Child (Die Trying) has written an intelligent thriller with plenty of action, believable characters, and just enough suspense to keep the listener on edge. A few details don't ring true: for example, in the United States, one usually looks for property records at the Register of Deeds, not at the public library. But this is not a work for deep reflection; it's an action ride. A worthy addition for the suspense/thriller section of public libraries.--Nancy Paul, Brandon P.L., WI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
The guy must be channeling Dashiell Hammett.
San Francisco Chronicle
Reacher is refreshingly human and vulnerable.
Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Mag
This one isn't for the squeamish or faint of heart...
A good guy outsmarts a venomous viper, outguns a gazillion villains—and falls in love with a nice gal. Continuing at loose ends after being separated from the Army (the peace dividend, you know), former MP Major Jack Reacher (Die Trying, 1998, etc.) is down in Key West rather enjoying irresponsibility—until a private investigator shows up looking for him. The following day the p.i. turns up dead, fingertips sliced off for the purpose of preserving his incognito. Something nefarious is going on here, Reacher concludes, stirred by a burst of the old action-hero adrenaline. All he knows for sure, however, is that the detective was hired by a Ms. Jacob. Pause for a deductive leap or two, then on to New York to track down the mysterious Ms. Jacob. But what's in a name? It soon develops that Ms. J isn't mysterious at all. In fact, she's an old friend. Before she was married, the Ms. J., now divorced, was a J already—Jodie Garber, daughter of General Garber, Reacher's erstwhile commanding officer and mentor. Reacher last saw her when she was 15 and in the throes of a violent crush on him. Now she's 30, and as gorgeous as you might have guessed. Among other things, she needs Reacher to finish a task begun by her recently deceased father. Reacher accepts the mission, of course, and is immediately in confrontation with a sadistic demon, obligatorily brilliant, whose intricate scam has roots in Vietnam and whose pleasure in killing and maiming is unconfined. But love (for Jodie) has not blunted Reacher's martial capabilities, and from a climactic one-on-one with Hook (the sadistic demon) Hobie, he emerges scathed but triumphant. Unabashedly mindless but fun: Reacherswashbuckles with the best of them. (Literary Guild featured alternate)
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 417
Published: 29th May 2007
Dimensions (cm): 17.399 x 12.929 x 3.277
Weight (kg): 0.363