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Reacher Plays Lone Ranger in Texas
am 10. Februar 2007
An obnoxious bar fly annoys Jack Reacher . . . and Jack swats him away. The next day, the local sheriff's deputies are looking for Reacher. Quickly escaping out a motel window, Reacher needs a ride quick. He's astonished with an attractive younger woman quickly picks him up. He's even more astonished by what she wants him to do.
With Echo Burning, Reacher becomes a more physically talented version of the Fugitive who helps those into whose path he stumbles. While some see Reacher as Spenser, I don't think so except for the desire to right wrongs.
The story has the usual episodes where Reacher takes on the tough guys and leaves them bleeding, shows his skill with guns and figures out difficult puzzles by putting himself in the shoes of the bad guys.
Of the other characters, two stand out for improving the story . . . resourceful young Ellie Greer and anti-Texan Alice Amanda Aaron, a defense attorney.
The book's main weakness is that it presumes a level of corrupt legal practices beyond what anyone could actually pull off. Think of this as a fairy tale in that sense, over drawn to make the corrupt seem even more despicable.
But if you've liked any of the Reacher novels, you'll enjoy this one. Add it to your list.