Jack Reacher, ex-military policeman relaxed in Key West until Costello turned up dead. The amiable PI was hired in New York by the daughter of Reacher's mentor and former commanding officer, General Garber. Garber's investigation into a Vietnam MIA sets Reacher on collision with hand-less "Hook" Hobie, hours away from his biggest score.
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This is one of my top favourite Jack Reacher stories. Though this is the third book in the series, I first read it quite late. As a result, Jack Reacher had taken me by surprise in the very first chapter of this book.
Jack Reacher has a job. *** Scratch that *** Jack Reacher has two jobs. He digs pools during the day and is a bouncer at a club at night. Yes… that is right. Jack Reacher has stopped at a place for long enough to get a job. Obviously his dwindling bank balance had something to do with it, but never did he expect someone to come looking for him let alone for that man to turn up dead. Jack’s habit of staying anonymous makes him deny his identity when a man comes looking for him. But a murder has his attention. He follows the trail back to New York where he discovers that his ex-Commanding Officer is dead and his daughter is looking for him. He gets involved in the case his CO was trying to crack – that of a MIA soldier, and it takes him places. "Hook" Hobie isn’t easy to catch up to because he has set his own set of ‘tripwires’ to let him know if anyone is getting close.
Like I said, this is one of my favourite Jack Reacher books – not only it was surprising to find out that Jack Reacher was actually doing tedious civilian jobs but also because of the characters of Jodie & Hobie. I knew that this was going to be a high stakes story when I found out who Jodie was and Lee Child doesn’t disappoint plot wise. I was however a bit disappointed with the chemistry between Jack & Jodie – for two people who have loved each other for ages – it just didn’t show. The antagonist is built up well and his brutish nature only fuels Reacher’s need for justice. ‘Hook’ Hobie is cool, calculating and manipulative with a really mean side to him. And since, a hero is only as good as the antagonist he beats, Reacher seems to be on the top of his game this time. This book also had the additional character of Marilyn who stood out because of her strength and character.
This book shows us a balanced Reacher who uses both his cunning mind and brute strength to apprehend the perpetrator and solve the mystery for his lady love.