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2.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous Plots are Starting to Ruin Jack Reacher, March 27, 2011
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I really like the Jack Reacher character that Lee Child has created but his plotlines are starting to become a bit inane and annoying.

In this novel Jack Reacher is once again in a small town, sticks his nose in other people's business and finds himself neck deep in another battle against evil doers. As Reacher is ambling through an out of the way small Nebraska town he becomes involved in a dispute with the Duncan's, a family that is involved in some kind of illegal trafficking that stems from them and on up to more organized and evil criminals.

The Duncan's are an abusive group of men who not only dominate and run the town, but abuse its residents, holding them in subjugation with the threat of violence. As the novel progresses, Reacher starts to unravel the dastardly acts of these men when he seeks to find out what happened to a missing eight year old girl who disappeared decades ago.

After a great deal of violence and using tricks of the trade he used in the military, Reacher battles the Duncan's to the bitter end.

While this novel is a rather fun read, as most Reacher novels are, it also stretches credulity and has as stale plotline. I mean really, how many small towns are there in American dominated by a corrupt and evil criminal oligarchy using extreme violence to suppress the town's residents? This plot device is starting to get a little ridiculous.

And for the real kicker, the last Reacher novel, 61 Hours, seemed to have ended on a cliffhanger. Other than seeing that Reacher survived, we really never find out exactly how. That makes 61 Hours a rather tepid and unsatisfying work itself.

I hope Child comes up with a more clever storyline for Reacher in the future.
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Initial post: Mar 30, 2011 9:10:21 AM PDT
Lee Black says:
Although I think this book is a good read I agree that the plot has holes. Most egregious is when at the point that the Coe girl is 'found' there is plenty of evidence to call in the county or state police instead of indulging in wholesale slaughter which was dangerous to Reacher and his mates. The key to the plot, that this outbuilding remained there for 30 years with no one curious enough to notice it, was the big hole for me. The father of the missing girl would surely have searched there. Having lived in that kind of area I know that kids are going to be examining every foot of the area and an abandoned building would be a magnet to curiosity or for use as a private get-away.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 4:34:41 AM PDT
I'll always be a Lee Child fan but WORTH DYING FOR was very much like a rehash of ECHO BURNING.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2011 4:54:41 PM PDT
C. Baker says:
Indeed it was. Echo Burning is the book I was thinking about mostly in the comparison.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2011 6:35:49 PM PDT
C. Baker says:
Yes, I agree. This was very disappointing all the way around from a believability standpoint.

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 8:14:45 PM PDT
Ray Sullivan says:
Is Child's Reacher as credible as the characters of Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch created by Michael Connelly? Are Child's tales as intricate and satisfying as Connelly's? I've not yet delved into Child's stuff... Ray

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2011 10:20:10 AM PDT
Lee Black says:
Ray, Child's Reacher is an interesting character and the books are a good read but I wouldn't call Reacher 'credible'. I particularly liked Michael Connelly's 'A Darkness more than night' which had both Bosch and Terry MacNab as 'credible' characters - hope you've read that. Another author that has credible characters and stories that I really like is Dennis Lehane.
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