New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. Soon America won't have any enemies left to fight. The army is under pressure to downsize. Jack Reacher is the duty Military Police officer on a base in North Carolina when he takes a call reporting a dead soldier. The body was found in a sleazy motel used by local hookers. Reacher tells the ...
New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. Soon America won't have any enemies left to fight. The army is under pressure to downsize. Jack Reacher is the duty Military Police officer on a base in North Carolina when he takes a call reporting a dead soldier. The body was found in a sleazy motel used by local hookers. Reacher tells the local cop to handle it - it sounds like the guy just had a heart attack. But the dead man turns out to have been a two-star general on a secret mission. And then, many miles away, when Reacher goes to the general's house to break the sad news, he finds a battered corpse: the general's wife. Lee Child's new stomach-churning, palm-sweating thriller turns back the clock to Jack Reacher's army days. For the first time we meet a younger Reacher, a Reacher not yet disillusioned with military life. A Reacher with family. A Reacher in dogtags and starched uniform who imposes army discipline, if only in his own pragmatic way. A Reacher as far from the no-credit card, no-last-known-address drifter of the previous eight novels as is possible to imagine.
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Every once in while you get a Reacher that starts OK but unravels at the end. In "Enemy", you get Reacher's brother, the death of his mother, a romance that goes nowhere, and and a totally anticlimactic ending.
Read "Killing Floor". That's more like it.
Jul 21, 2010
Reacher in his Army days
Reacher, (and 19 other hotshot MP investigators), find themselves transferred suddenly from fun trouble zones, to boring ones stateside. Why? Who knows, it's the Army, after all. But when his CO and mentor, Leon Garber, is also found to have been transferred, from the States to a higher level station in Korea, Jack really starts to wonder. It's the new millennium, the Army is set to start downsizing after the fall of Communism, strange things are happening. A General is found dead near Reacher's new posting, in very questionable circumstances; the General's wife is murdered in her home, near Washington; a Delta force sargent is brutally murdered and mutilated on the base. What's going on? You know Reacher will find out, even if he has to track the villains from Frankfurt to Paris to California, and points in between, along with his really cute lieutenant. Hot times in the seizieme arrondissement. And sad times, too, for Jack, when his mother is found to be sick and dying, while he needs to be elsewhere taking care of the Army's business. Maybe this is when Reacher starts to lose his taste for Army regimentation, and starts to long for freedom.Excellent, as always.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-03-22 The latest entry in what is arguably today's finest thriller series (Persuader, etc.) flashes back to series hero Jack Reacher's days in the military police. It's New Year's Eve 1990, the Soviet Union is about to collapse and the military is on tenterhooks, wondering how a changed globe will affect budgets and unit strengths, when the body of a two-star general is found in a motel near Fort Bird, N.C. Investigating is Reacher, 29, an MP major who's just been transferred from Panama-one of dozens of top MPs swapped into new posts on the same day, he later learns. Missing from the general's effects is a briefcase that, it's also revealed later, contained an agenda for a secret meeting of army honchos connected to an armored division. Then the general's wife is found bludgeoned to death at home and, soon after, a third body surfaces, of a slain gay Delta Force soldier whose murder contains clues pointing to Reacher as culprit. With Summer, a young black female lieutenant MP at his side (and, eventually, in his bed), Reacher digs deep, in his usual brilliant and violent way, butting against villainous superior officers, part of a grand conspiracy, as well as against members of Delta Force who think that Reacher killed their colleague. Unlike recent Reacher tales, the novel is as much mystery as thriller, as Reacher and Summer sift for and put together clues, but the tension is nonstop. There's a strong personal element as well, involving Reacher's relationship with his brother and dying mother, which will make the novel of particular interest to longstanding fans of the series. Textured, swift and told in Reacher's inimitably tough voice, this title will hit lists and will convince those who still need convincing that Child has few peers in thrillerdom. Agent, Darley Anderson. (May 11) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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