TITLE: ONE SHOT
AUTHOR: LEE CHILD
Details: no. 9 Jack Reacher
I really shouldn't have to review this book. The fact that it is a Jack Reacher story really says it all. If the reader has been reading these book in order than (s)he knows what to expect, and as always the book delivers. The lone Jack Reacher on a quest, against formidable opposition with the odds firmly stacked against him saves the day. And put like that it would be fair to wonder what the attraction is. But, the attraction of course is exactly that it is a Jack Reacher story, with a solitary but very attractive hero who manages to remain fully human despite all his exceptional achievements. A story that is full of thrills and twists but with enough quieter moments to keep the story from turning completely over the top.
This book starts with a gunman shooting five people coming out of an office building. The man, James Barr, however leaves behind so many traces that he's identified, found and arrested within hours. Once arrested and charged Barr refuses to speak except to say that they've got the wrong man and "get Jack Reacher for me."
Reacher is hundreds of miles away when all of this takes place, but starts travelling towards Barr as soon as he hears about what has happened. When he arrives it turns out though that he didn't come to help Barr. He's there to make sure Barr will be convicted.
But of course, things aren't always what they seem and when things look too good to be true, they usually are. And soon Reacher finds himself not only dodging criminals but also the police.
A fast and furious thriller that was hard to put down. And I'm glad I've still got a few books left before I catch up with this series and find myself waiting for Child to finish the next instalment.