Lee Child is a quiet, undemonstrative man who is phlegmatic about his success in the thriller field. The Enemy
will no doubt attract the usual enthusiastic acclaim, and it deserves to. One thing that is guaranteed to please Child is the open-mouthed astonishment of American readers who learn that this writer of the most idiomatic American thrillers (with brilliantly realised US locales) is actually English. But there's never a sense of striving for effects in such taut Child novels as Killing Floor
and Die Trying
. Child simply delivers the goods, US-style--and The Enemy
is no exception.
Child's usual protagonist, the tough and resourceful Jack Reacher, is in North Carolina on New Year's Day, 1990. Elsewhere, world-shaking events are underway, such as the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. But Jack's job as a Military Police Duty Officer has him concerned with what initially seem to be less significant happenings: a soldier has been found dead in a sleazy motel and when Jack goes to the house of the soldier (a two-star general) to inform his wife, he finds her also dead. Needless to say, events in another part of the globe are having fatal repercussions in the US, and Reacher is soon up to his neck, with the body count rising.
As a glimpse into the early life of Jack Reacher (now securely one of the most admired heroes in contemporary thriller writing), this is meat and drink to the Child aficionado. Child foregrounds characterisation in his pacy narratives, and this eighth outing for Jack has all the adrenalin-producing qualities of its predecessors. --Barry Forshaw
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"'Complex, classy crime'" (Mirror
"'One of the best writers in this genre ... And nobody does it better'" (The Sunday Telegraph
"'The thing about Lee Child's books is that you can't put the damn things down... there's something about his writing that's addictive. The Enemy
is no exception...Superb'" (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
'Lee Child fans will love this prequel to the bestselling Jack Reacher novels. At last Child shares the events that shaped the maverick hero of his last six novels into an ass-kicking, irreverent good guy. If you're one of the few people who haven't sampled the sublime thrill of a Child novel, this blast from the past is the best place to start'
" (SCOTTISH DAILY RECORD)
hero...may be the best
Reacher book yet." (Newsweek