Jack Reacher didn't expect to stumble onto a kidnapping today. He didn't expect to stumble onto any kidnapping on any day, really...but once again, trouble seems to have a way of finding Jack when he least expects it. The problem is, he's short on cash, and in addition to that, he's been kidnapped as well. The pair have to wait until Holly's coworkers can piece together their disappearance...but time might be running out.
Eventually, though, they manage to escape, only to be run up against the 100-strong Montana militia, who want Reacher's blood. The tides start to turn as infighting breaks out among the group, culminating in the horrible death of one of the operatives by a bloodthirsty megalomaniac known as Beau Borken.
The days that follow are tough and unyielding, as the pair try to find their way back home, only for Reacher to be quickly caught up in the kidnapping--this time as a suspect, rather than a victim. Will he be able to prove his innocence in time?
Lee Child, penname for British thriller writer Jim Grant, is best known for writing the Killing Floor series, a series of books about an ex-military policeman named Jack Reacher. Before that, he worked as a presentation director for the UK's ITV network. He also wrote a fair number of commercials, trailers, and news stories. Child has also penned a collection of short stories and other prose works both under his name and a variety of pennames. He lives in England with his wife and son.
"After reading The Killing Floor, was curious to see where Lee Child took this character. His story makes it clear that he doesn't see any limits as to what kind of situations he will put Reacher into. The bad guys just have no idea what a big mistake they made getting involved with Reacher. It is a great read, but there is one section that still gives me chills to think about. Child has a real talent for getting his reader into the middle of the action."
Carol (4 out of 5 stars)