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Surprisingly Disappointing Story from a Normally Very Reliable Author,
This review is from: Nothing To Lose: (Jack Reacher 12) (Kindle Edition)
Since I read my first Reacher tale about a year ago I must have been through eight or nine of them. They are certainly a little formulaic in that Jack is drifting around the countryside and chances across some bad guys, and sorts it using his unique blend of analytical reasoning and brute force. Add in a bit of romantic interest and that's about it really. However, they are well written and I would judge them all as good to outstanding reads.
Nothing to Lose had the same elements as the others but for some reason it did not work nearly as well. Exactly what went wrong is quite hard to work out. It is quite long by Lee Child standards and unusually the narrative seems to drag a bit, although it does pick up towards the climax. It is rather unclear until the end exactly what misdeeds are being perpetrated and the whole story revolves around Jack travelling between the twin towns of Hope and Despair.
Every author is entitled to write a book once in a while which is not up to the usual standard. This is by no means a stinker, but it is not the page turner we have come to expect from this author. If this was the first Reacher book I had read, I would probably not have gone on to read the others which would have been my loss.