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A lone gunman unleashes pandemonium when he shoots into a crowd of people in a public plaza in Indiana. Five people are killed in cold blood, shot through the head. But he leaves a perfect trail of evidence behind him, and soon the local police chief tracks him down. After his arrest, the shooter's only words are, 'Get Jack Reacher for me.' What could possibly connect this psychopath and the wandering dropout ex-army cop? Critics call Lee Child's thriller series 'addictive', so here is our annual, much-longed for, Reacher fix.
Being a seller of second-hand books as well as new, I was delighted to have acquired around a hundred crime novels by various authors, all good, and amongst them, a few written by Lee Child, featuring Jack Reacher. So, predictably, I have been having a ball catching up on some back titles (most of these are still available new). In this particular title, an ex-army sniper, James Barr, kills five people in an apparently random shooting as they are leaving work. He leaves a trail so detailed that he is arrested within hours. All he says during his interview is “Get Jack Reacher.” Then he is jailed prior to his trial, but is put into a coma by one of the other inmates for not observing the protocols of the pecking order. Jack is notoriously hard to find, but sees the report on TV, and makes his way to the crime site. He is able to find out about the details of the crime, but remembers James Barr, and knows he couldn’t be guilty. But the forensics are overwhelming. So Jack starts picking away at the evidence, until he finds one loose end. Then he keeps tugging on it till the case unravels. But if James didn’t do it, who did? Part two of the plot entails putting the forensics back together to incriminate the real culprits, starting again with the loose end. Fiendishly clever! Jack Reacher is a real gem! Lee Child writes great books!