Tripwire (Jack Reacher) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 2000
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Ex-military policemen Jack Reacher is lying low in Key West, digging up swimming pools by hand. He is not best pleased when a private detective starts asking questions about him, but when the detective, Costello, turns up dead with his fingertips sliced off, Reacher realises it is time to move on. Soon (as in Child's two previous excellent thrillers Die Trying and Killing Floor) Reacher is up to his neck in lethal trouble involving a vicious Wall Street manipulator, a mysterious woman (of course) and the livelihood of a whole community. Even the fate of soldiers missing in action in Vietnam is stirred into the brew. But this is not a book by one of the new breed of US thriller writers: Child prides himself that, as an Englishman, he writes American thrillers that are utterly convincing in milieu and toughness of action, without a trace of English sensibility. This new one is no exception-- every bit as lean and compulsive as its predecessors, it also builds on the freshest aspect of those books: Reacher may be a tough, epic hero, but he always remains human and vulnerable. Here's one for that long plane or train journey.--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Lee Child continues his meteoric rise and mastery of suspense with Tripwire. It's a tightly-drawn and swift thriller that gives new meaning to what a page-turner should be." (Michael Connelly)
"A fast-moving, violent and gripping mystery with a very bad baddie, and a tough, pragmatic hero in Jack Reacher." (Daily Telegraph)
"A slickly effective thriller which confirms Child's ability to keep the reader guessing - and sweating." (The Times)
"Establishes Child in the premier division.. Taut, with more than a touch of sweet romance, this is dangerously compulsive, so be warned - don't start it at bedtime or you'll be up all night." (Manchester Evening News)
"Good thrillers exist in a class of their own. The point of such a book is total escape and Tripwire fills the bill... includes a bang-up finale which makes the reader sit back and gasp with both wonder and understanding." (Denver Post) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Despite these glitches, the book is pretty good- Neagley is quite cool. It is always fun to see Reacher interact with his colleagues from the good ole days.
In the previous books Reacher had been forced into a number of predicaments, where in this book I couldn't help but feel he would have been tempted to have walked away as opposed to getting dragged into the drama that quickly ensued.
However, once I was half way through the book, just like all the previous ones it was difficult to put down. I have to confess that I miss some of the relationships created in the earlier books though, and after the bonds that he had created, it feels a bit distant that he rarely if ever gives them a second thought.
That's a minor point though. The Reacher character is brilliant and the writing is so fluid and excellently paced that it is highly recommended!
Despite this, the book is an enjoyable romp: Hot women; crazy inbreds; corrupt lawyers; lesbian lawyers; Mexicans; shoot-outs; impending thunder storms; cheap motels; long roads; VW beetles - what more could you want?
But this? This has a plot that generates zero interest. Somebody is out to kill the vice president. Who? The President? No! The vice president. Who cares? Nobody even knows who the vice president is. Attempts are made to round out the vice president's character; these fail. He's a decent guy; that's about as much as I could determine. So a nice guy who happens to be vice president has some killers after him. The killers are preposterous. They don't go about their business secretely; they broadcast it. We're coming, they shout at every turn. And then they do something even more absurd; they prove they can kill. But who? People with good protection? Nope, a couple of hacks: one lives on a farm; one works in a supermarket. And why not go after the president anyway? He has exactly the same protection as the vice - EXACTLY the same.
Anyhow, the woman who calls Jack for help works for the secret service; also, she knew Jack's brother. How did she know Jack's brother? Very well indeed. All the ins and outs were explored. Trouble is, now she's seen Jack, she is reminded so heavily of Joe (the brother), she wants to know Jack; and in a truly biblical sense. This love "triangle" (Joe is dead) throws up some extruciatingly dull moments of dialogue. The subject is revisited over and over again. I want you; I want you too; but you look like him; but I'm not him; but you smell like him; I used his deoderant; it's more than that; our sweat is linked genetically; that must be it; can we get to know each other now; in a biblical sense?; yes; but you remind me so much of him; and so on and on and on and close the book; no thank you; not any more; snooze.
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