Monday, September 3, 2012
Quite simply this Jack Reacher story is about both beginnings and endings.
It's 1997 and Reacher is sent out to Carter Crossing, Mississippi to investigate undercover. A woman has been found, throat cut and suspicion has fallen on the local base. Only, it can't. The Army can't afford to have the spot light on this base and they can't afford for an investigation to prove what they already have an inkling about. So Garber sends Reacher in to find out what's really going on and how best to protect the Army.
Of course, Reacher isn't going to assist in some kind of cover up. He's too good for that and maybe that's why Garber sends him. But this story, even though it takes place almost 15 years ago, shows a much more decisive Reacher.
Here and there you'll find little Easter egg facts inserted for those who have read the series in its entirety. Neagley makes an appearance and the story certainly does set up the events that will happen in the first Reacher novel, The Killing Floor.
This book doesn't disappoint and in fact, I'm slightly sad that certain characters never show up in the series, but then that's not surprising considering Lee Child's style. The book answers a lot of questions about Reacher and why he really mustered out. I let the book lead me along the whole way and kept changing my mind at every single turn.
He's still my favorite book hero.