- Series: Jack Reacher (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (May 29, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0515143073
- ISBN-13: 978-0515143072
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3,096 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is lying low in Key West, digging up swimming pools by hand. He is not at all pleased when a private detective starts asking questions about him. But when the detective, Costello, turns up dead with his fingertips sliced off, Reacher realizes it is time to move on.
As in Lee Child's two previous thrillers, Die Trying and Killing Floor, Reacher is soon up to his neck in lethal trouble, this time involving a vicious Wall Street manipulator, a mysterious woman (of course), and the livelihood of a whole community. Even the fate of soldiers missing in action in Vietnam is stirred into the brew.
But this is not a book by one of the new breed of U.S. thriller writers. Child prides himself on his ability, as an Englishman, to write American thrillers that are utterly convincing in milieu and toughness of action, without a trace of English sensibility. Tripwire is no exception. Every bit as lean and compulsive as its predecessors, it also builds on the freshest aspect of those books: Reacher may be a tough, epic hero, but he always remains human and vulnerable. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Jack Reacher, the hulking ex-soldier readers will remember from Child's first two thrillers, Die Trying and Killing Floor, can kill with his bare hands, and sports chest muscles thick enough to stop bullets. He's actually a dynamo of a character, wily in an innocent sort of way, and the anchor to one of the best new series in thriller fiction. Here, Reacher is incognito, living the life of a drifter and digging swimming pools in Key West. When a PI from New York comes looking for him, and shortly afterwards turns up dead with his fingertips sliced off, Reacher flies north and discovers that the instigator of the search is Leon Garber, his former army commanding officer. But Garber has died the day before Reacher arrives. As Reacher finds out from Jodie Jacob, Garner's beautiful attorney daughter, Garber was helping an elderly couple to locate their son, who supposedly died in a helicopter crash during the Vietnam War. The military won't confirm the death, however, or even classify the soldier as missing in action. Pursuing the search together, Reacher and Jacob narrowly escape murder attempts by a pair of dark-suited thugs who work for an evil corporate loan shark named "Hook" Hobie, who has a hideously disfigured face and a metal hook for a right hand. Hobie is harboring a terrible secret linking him to the couple's vanished son, and he'll kill anyone who tries to discover his diabolical past. A showdown between the two men is inevitable, and when it happens, it's a beautAalmost as good as Child's skillfully laid surprise ending and the crisp and original dialogue throughout. Reacher is a complex, contemplative brute whose aversion to social and material entanglements entail very peculiar habits and ideas. He never cleans his clothes, preferring to buy new ones (going to a dry cleaner implies a commitment to return); and he's spellbinding whether kicking in doors or just kicking around a thought in his brain. Literary Guild featured alternate; feature film rights for Killing Floor and the character of Jack Reacher optioned by Mark Johnson/Polygram; rights to Jack Reacher series sold to 18 countries. (July)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The monotonous gore and sex is even more evident if you __read__ the book (I also own the Kindle version). One will keep turning the pages if only to find the buried story of a psychopathic Vietnam veteran, who is unfortunate enough to cross Jack Reacher. The story is edgy due to the system, which the villain has entrenched over the past thirty years. The story is set between late 90s - a couple of years prior to 9/11/2001 (The World Trade Towers is where the story climaxes).
"Tripwire" fails to explain why the army didn't incarcerate the psychopathic lunatic years ago - Gross army incompetence? Possibly. A dog tag swap wouldn't have nixed a dental record check. One also assumes that Jack isn't too interested in the inherited house and land (received in the written will of his deceased good friend), NOR in that same good friend's daughter, with whom he has repeated trysts (before, after, and during - once he, and she, overcomes their incestuous feelings), because Jack is __totally__ unattached in followup novels. One assumes Jack dumps both with equal aplomb. So much for distractions and attributing to a hero the feelings of a toad. At least the real Hobie is a hero. You could have wrapped the story up better, Lee.
The audio edition suffers because Dick Hill __IS NOT__ the narrator - Which is sad, because Dick could at least have added some vocal dynamics to make the listening more enjoyable. I had listened to the "Killing Floor" and "Tripwire" years ago, and although the two novels are at the same reader/listening level, I found "Killing Floor" much more enjoyable with respect to listening. I am now listening to "A Wanted Man", which I've had on the shelf for awhile - Now that is five stars.