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No real surprises except for the old MP team reunion
am 18. April 2009
PLOT: 10 years ago Jack Reacher was a Major in the Military Police - one who solved every case and never backed down. Now he is loner, a wanderer with no phone, no permanent address, no family to call, no credit card, no car, no suitcase, no nothing - somebody who leaves no trail. But strangely enough someone is able to leave a coded message for Reacher. A message that will bring him together with his old army team for a new case: a dead body, mutilated, found in the middle of nowhere, dropped out of a plane. Surely no ordinary case but the perpetrators made their first mistake: they killed one of Jack Reacher's old teammates. This time is personal - for all of them...
A strange case, almost no clues. That means Reacher faces the tasks, investigates, kicks ass and gets the girl. The usual storyline in a Lee Child book. Quite a good one that worked before many times. The biggest difference here is the reunion of the old MP team - a good deviation from Child's conventional storyline. The characters of the team members are likeable and Neagley is already known from "Without Fail".
Instead of being the Lone Ranger Reacher becomes a team player. This time he is not the one that solves all the riddles - quite the contrary.
The book is quite entertaining, features some detective work, has some dead ends, twist and turns and Reacher is cool as always. For his fans this book should represent another solid work from Lee Child and a reasonable good read with the Reacher character looming above all. Nevertheless the book is quite simple, won't keep you glued to your seat and some of the surprises and answers to riddles are pretty easy to figure out on your own long before Reacher's team does.
I like Reacher so I am biased and even if this book was not that great I can hardly wait for the next one.
Readers not acquainted with Lee Child's main character should note that there is strong violence in the book - as basically is with all his books. "Bad Luck and Trouble" is unlikely to be the book to get new readers addicted. They better start with "The Enemy" and read "Killing Floor" afterwards. If these two books do not do the trick then you should go to other authors anyway.