When you’re as big and rough as Jack Reacher – and you have a badly-set, freshly-busted nose, patched with silver duct tape – it isn’t easy to hitch a ride. But Reacher has some unfinished business in Virginia, so he doesn’t quit. And at last, he’s picked up by three strangers – two men and a woman.
But within minutes it becomes clear they’re all lying about everything – and then they run into a police roadblock on the highway. There has been an incident, and the cops are looking for the bad guys …
Will they get through because the three are innocent? Or because the three are now four? Is Reacher just a decoy?
Jack Reacher is back for another thrilling encounter. For me the 17th adventure with the world’s greatest action hero and nomad is a departure from the last few books I’ve read. Without giving too much away – and don’t worry I won’t give any spoilers in the review – this is a more thoughtful Reacher. He takes his time, ponders one way and then the other, decides on the best course of action and then strikes! And when he does – he takes no prisoners!
As the book cover blurb points out Reacher is bruised but not broken – apart from his nose that is – and hitchhiking in the chilly Nebraskan air he struggles to hitch a ride. Not surprising given his appearance, I mean who in their right mind is going to pick up a giant of a man with silver duct tape adorning his face?!! Just when all hope is gone a car stops and three strangers offer our hero a ride and although things initially look normal it becomes clear to Reacher that his fellow passengers are hiding something. It’s up to Reacher to discover what it is before he loses control and becomes another victim.
Without doubt a more sedate novel it was the humorous dialogue between FBI agent Julia Sorenson and Reacher – and to some point Karen Delfuenso -that impressed me. Full of cutting remarks, dry quips and an intelligent conversational dialogue I absolutely loved the dialogue and the interaction between these two. I had to put the book down a couple of times due to an attack of the giggles. Brilliant stuff. I really felt as if, with every turn of the page, I gleaned more about both personalities and what made them tick. In fact watching Reacher lower is guard a few times was worth the admission price alone!
As with all Lee Child books A Wanted Man is another quick and fluid read and his writing style appears to be effortless, for me Lee Child can do no wrong and although I haven’t had chance to read all his books as soon as I finished reading this one – out at the end of August incidentally – I went out and bought six of his back catalogue for my kindle! I guess I can’t say more than that!
We meet a number of characters along the way, some more interesting than others but the one thing you’re never certain of is what will happen at the end of the book but the way Child unravels the mysteries is once again impressive. He weaves one way then the other introducing characters along the way, sometimes for effect and sometimes key to the storyline but no one is wasted, Child makes the most of all his characters even the fat motel owner who’s only roll in life is to demand compensation – he’s seen it in the movies so it must be true!
There’s a strong female presence in A Wanted Man and they certainly hold their own. Once Reacher gets going there’s no stopping him, once he sniffs out there’s something wrong – not that easy when sporting a broken nose – his spidey sense demands a solution. If you want one man fighting in your corner then Reacher would be on my speed dial – if only he could use a mobile phone!
With a dialogue intensely crisp and a fluid narrative Child had me turning the pages so fast I thought I’d get a paper cut.
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press (30 Aug 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593065735
- ISBN-13: 978-0593065730
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