Tripwire: A Jack Reacher Novel (Jack Reacher Novels) Audio CD – Audiobook, 7 Mar 2013
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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
"Brings to mind the knight-errant adventures of John D. McDonald's Travis McGee." --Booklist
Grabs hold with the first page . . . This is pulse-pounding suspense. Arizona Daily Star
A stylistic thriller as complex and disturbing as its hero. Stephen White
A bang-up finale . . . Makes the reader sit back and gasp. The Denver Post
Gives new meaning to what a page-turner should be. Michael Connelly"
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Top Customer Reviews
Here, however, he turns it up a notch and delivers probably the finest Reacher novel I've read.
While the novel is not going to win any awards for great literature, the so called heavyweights like Dan Brown and Michael Reilly could take a leaf out of Lee Child's book when it comes to penning a good thriller.
The story begins when a man sent to find Reacher by a woman Jack's never heard of turns up dead behind a motel in Florida with his fingers cut off. Reacher's curiosity is piqued and he journey's to New York to find out why the man had to die, and what it has to do with him.
His search brings him face to face with his own past, and with Victor `Hook' Hobie.
Hobie is far and away the best villain to feature in any Jack Reacher novel I have read so far. A man with a secret that he will go to any lengths, no matter how brutal or sadistic, to protect. For the first time, you feel that Reacher has met an adversary worthy of the name, and as the book winds towards its climax, it grabs hold of you and won't let you go.
An essential read for Child fans and a great book in its own right to keep the Reacher virgin entertained, I honestly can't recommend this book enough.
It's not giving away much to mention where the bulk of the tale takes place. The cities of Miami and New York are used splendidly, and again, it's a nice change from Die Trying as that was set almost entirely in the countryside.
The chief bad guy, 'Hook Hobie', is probably the finest lead villain of the series so far. He's a monsterously evil man, and waiting for him to come a cropper to Reacher is one of the guilty pleasures of the book. Hobie has a good backstory too. He's very well developed.
Also good is the introduction of Jodie Garber, Reacher's new love interest. In a change from the previous books, Garber is not just a random cop or agent-on-scene, she's a ghost from Reacher's army past. This allows some good page time to be spent exploring Reacher's feelings towards the army (and Jodie), providing good depth to the narrative.
Overall, this is a huge improvement over Die Trying, itself an excellent yarn. Tripwire though is a wonderfully crafted thriller. It's difficult to predict what will happen next and it will keep you on your toes from beginning to end. Fully recommended.
Downside: avoid if graphic violence and torture disturb you.
I'm glad that there are so many more Reachers out there.
Keep them coming!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
AMAZING it's never what you expect on the next page, full of twists and turns.
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Excellent condition, could have almost been brand new, condition exactly as described. Well worth it, was dubious when ordering but glad I did. Arrived promptly too. Thanks.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Reacher is his usual no nonsense do the job right self in this book. However he has a new thing to think about and how that's going to change him. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Stephanie Hardman
Love this writer. Great detail and totally believable. Easy reading for both men and women.Published 16 days ago by Mrs. Sarah J. Day
Another gripping edition of Jack Reacher you won't want to put it downPublished 24 days ago by Joyce Lawrence - Andy Lawrence