Published: New York : Delacorte Press, 2011 Edition: [Various editions] Description: 405 p. ; 24 cm ISBN/ISSN: 9780385344326 (hbk. : acid-free paper), 0385344325 (hbk. : acid-free paper), 9780440246305 (pbk.), Language: English
Also published: New York : Dell, c2012. 590 p.
Carter Crossing, Mississippi. 1997. A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A coverup. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover--to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish
submitted by Uncle Will on August 13, 2013, 1:06 pm
Lee Child truly has found his nitch. He created the perfect modern day cowboy, Jack Reacher, former Military Police Major turned nomad. The only thing missing in these formulary mysteries is the quirky horse who has a penchant for imported oats, for Reacher to wander on, from town to town.
In this 16th installment, Reacher's long awaited back-story forms the plot-line. Readers learn a little of why Reacher decides to leave the Army with only his toothbrush in his pocket and his heavy heart. The story begins back in Mississippi around 1997 when Reacher is ordered to go undercover to investigate a woman's death. A soldier is suspected. Unfortunately, this soldier has powerful friends and Reacher's investigation gets complicated.
Cowboy Jack forms an allegiance with the town's sheriff, but it is obvious from the start that Reacher will be mostly flying solo in order to close this case.
Dead body. Check. Belligerent townies. Check. Mysterious female counterpart. Check. Insurmountable odds stacking up against hero. Check. Brawls with outnumbering bullies. Check. Injustice served by money-grubbing power-hungry elitist. Check. In the end, after the dust settles, toothbrush still in pocket. Check.