- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (6 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857500104
- ISBN-13: 978-0857500106
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (795 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Persuader: (Jack Reacher 7) Paperback – 6 Jan 2011
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Breakneck in its pace, uncompromising in its narrative ruthlessness, Persuader is typical of Lee Child's Jack Reacher adventures. After a first chapter that misdirects the reader quite staggeringly, ex-army freelance adventurer Reacher is apparently on the run. As always with Child and Reacher, what we see at first is only a small part of the complex plotting lying underneath. Reacher has his own reasons for taking on this case, reasons that are very personal and go back a decade. Being Reacher, tough with a heart of gold, his emotions--his liking for a drug dealer's wife and son, his more than professional interest in the DEA officer investigating them, his dislike of steroid-crazed thug Paulie--soon complicate his objectives. Childs is endlessly reliable on gadgets--the miniaturised e-mail senders, the big guns--and on action sequences--various fights and a swim in a riptide; he also makes us believe in complex emotions and deeper feelings than a love of violence. This is not one of the best of the Reacher books--it has too many flashbacks and a shadowy villain--but like all of them it is an action thriller for intelligent readers. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Ballsy, dynamic and not for the faint-hearted" (Daily Mirror)
"The blend of dialogue, atmosphere, action and plot will grip readers from the first page and further cement Lee Child's reputation as a world-class thriller writer...This is everything a thriller should be" (Crimetime)
"One of the best writers in this genre...Reacher is in top form" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Scrupulously structured...A thrilling and reputable read" (Literary Review)
"The seventh novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series. PERSUADER is another gripping thriller" (OK! Magazine)
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On a Boston sidewalk, Reacher almost collides with a man shot three times - including twice in the head - and pitched off a cliff into the Pacific ten years before. Having a former colleague in the Military Police put a trace on the man's license plate brings the Drug Enforcement Agency to Jack's door. And what might your interest be, sir? Reacher, is it?
Jack, a former Army MP major that now wanders the United States as a near-vagrant always on the lookout for wrongs to rectify, finds himself aiding the Feds as he goes undercover to penetrate a fortified mansion on an isolated headland on Maine's wild coast. The DEA suspects that the mansion's owner, Zachary Beck, is using his importing business to bring in something other than Oriental floor coverings. And Beck apparently has a connection to Reacher's sidewalk ghost. Jack doesn't care about Beck or his rugs, but does have another old score to settle once and for all. And this time he going to get it right, or die trying.
The plot of PERSUADER includes the first time I can recall Jack feeling fear. Well, not fear maybe, but at least apprehension. Beck's gatekeeper, Paulie, is six inches taller, ten inches wider across the shoulders, and two hundred pounds heavier than our hero. Paulie's arms are bigger than Jack's legs. And he's surprisingly quick. Both you and Reacher know that, at some point, he's going to have to fight this monster. From Jack's point of view, that's going to be the dodgy bit. The reader savors the expectation.
Jack's my favorite Loner and Tough Guy in the Trashy Literature genre. But, his habitual physical impregnability becomes almost monotonous.Read more ›
The first chapter of this book (deliberately) misleads the reader, and then after that, everything is explained in the subsequent chapter(s). All very cleverly done, by the way.
The author then creates a very realistic impression of the main location where the story is set. A big house by the ocean. The characters also add to that realism. You could even argue that the location is an extra character in itself.
For me, this story is up there with my favourite book of the series (Killing Floor). I doubt you will be disappointed....
strong women adding special dynamics to this story. Combined with an unusually twisted plot, it is probably one of Lee's best books yet. Written in the first person, Jack Reacher goes undercover, partly to help Duffy, a DEA agent chasing a major drug dealer in Maine, but mostly to try to find an old enemy he left for dead ten years ago while still in the army, an enemy who now seems to be associated with the dealer.
Reacher's motive is personal: unfinished business. Duffy's motive is personal: she sent a female agent in after being pulled from the case, and has lost contact with her. Everything is very off-the-record. It is a personal fight, and Reacher makes even more personal enemies with some spectacularly unsavory characters along the way. Expect some very dirty fights. The first person form does give a unique insight into the Reacher character and seems to work well, though I personally think Lee Child handles the third person better. The sentences do get very short, giving an almost staccato feel to parts of the story. Probably how Reacher is supposed to think, but at times the lack of rhythm makes the reading harder than it needs to be.
The characters are great. Duffy is a particularly fine portrait, and Dominique Kohl, the investigator in the original case ten years ago, is lovingly sketched. As usual, Lee excels in strong women. The weaker women are less convincing: Elizabeth Beck, the long-suffering wife of the drug dealer, is a good enough effort while the other women (e.g. Teresa Justice) are barely developed beyond their names!!! I would also recommend reading Tino Georgiou's masterpiece--The Fates--if you haven't read it yet.
Jack Reacher is an ex-Military Police officer who now moves around America working on covert cases for different departments. When he stumbles across a man he thought was dead he is forced to investigate the mystery. The case will lead him to missing agents, gun battles and fist fights with steroid bound henchmen. What more could you possibly ask for?
The plot is fast and the action is great. The characters are well written and Reacher comes across as sympathetic but very dangerous. The only misgiving I have is that the ending, like in so many books, is not of the highest standard.
People have mentioned that this is not the best that Lee Child has to offer so, in that case, his best must be excellent. I recommend this novel to fans of action books and crime thrillers. It's violent but the story is strong enough to warrant this.