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“Child is a superb craftsman of suspense.”—Entertainment Weekly
“The truth about Reacher gets better and better.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Implausible, irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Like his hero Jack Reacher, Lee Child seems to make no wrong steps.”—Associated Press
“Lee Child [is] the current poster-boy of American crime fiction.”—Los Angeles Times
“Indisputably the best escape artist in this escapist genre.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
“Jack Reacher is much more like the heir to the Op and Marlowe than Spenser ever was.”—Esquire
From the Hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B003EY7IWC
- Publisher : Delacorte Press; 1st edition (October 19, 2010)
- Publication date : October 19, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 3247 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 530 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,185 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The plot is similar in some respects to earlier books; a small rural town is held in the grip of a rich individual (or family) that has some sort of sinister plot going on terrorizing the locals. Murder follows and Reacher ends up neck deep in the situation and ultimately dispenses justice. In “Worth Dying For” Reacher’s in Nebraska and the Duncan family runs a trucking company that has a monopoly controlling the transport of all crop shipments in the area. If you displease the Duncan’s your crops rot in the field and you suffer financially. The family is involved in a smuggling operation of some sort and they also have a darker secret that is eventually revealed. It’s classic Jack Reacher taking on a criminal family and their many henchmen singlehandedly in satisfying style. For a change there’s no romantic liaison for JR in this tale and Child avoids making any of the military related gaffs that populate many of his novels. Overall a worthy adventure for fans of the series that will keep you coming back for more.
As an aside, I saw an online interview with Lee Child that suggested a Jack Reacher television series with Netflix is in the works which could be interesting. The interviewer asked about casting and specifically if the lead role would be someone bigger than Tom Cruise (star of the two Reacher motion pictures) and Child emphatically confirmed it would be a ‘big guy’. Stay tuned!
Speaking of helping the weak, that's how we meet Reacher in this book. Helping people is like Reacher's spidey sense. When he overhears there might be a woman in need, Reacher rushes in to save the day. Nevermind the fact that he's sticking his nose in to someone else's business...Reacher can't NOT help.
This story is part of a rare 4-part series, so you'll have a better context for some of the characters and Reacher's journey if you start with 61 Hours. (I've read that one twice.) Once you start reading you won't want to put the book down. Then you're hooked for life!
I've chosen to read all the Reacher books (sans short stories) in order of the fictional timeline beginning when he was in the Army. With the current pandemic, I've got plenty of time on my hands and these books are a great way to pass the time. Looking forward to the series coming out.
I find it amazing that Lee Child can come up with original and unique Jack Reacher stories that keep you turning the pages. In this story it is winter and Jack happens to be at a bar in of all places Nebraska, where the wind rips across the flat barren fields which are filled with corn in the summer. This novel is packed with good and bad characters who Reacher handles in his own special way.
What starts out as an alcoholic and almost drunk doctor who did not want to visit one of his patients until Reacher shames the doctor and Jack volunteers to drive the doctor’s car to see the beat up woman, turns into a complex murder mystery with bad guys running around all trying to kill Reacher. Jack was on his way to Virginia but the good people in this part of corn husker country wind up helping Reacher hide as they relate the corrupt tale of local and out of town thugs who have run rough shod over everyone in the area. I never like to reveal too much when reviewing a novel because it spoils it for the reader; however, I will let you know this much about this action packed novel.
This is a fast moving tale and I found it amazing how in the dead of winter in this flat corn crop area of Nebraska Jack was able to elude the numerous bad guys as he solves the mystery of a missing girl, murder and a vicious sex slave smuggling ring. I found this book a fantastic read. Jack Reacher is my kind of freelance detective and investigator. I highly recommend this novel.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Pro-Systems Combatives Vol. 1,2).
Top reviews from other countries
First off let me say this is a good book. The outlandish situations Reacher finds himself in and how he interacts with everyone and finds solutions to his problems are all very entertaining and, at least to my eye, seemed plausible enough. Just realistic enough to draw you in but with enough of the fantastic so you also believe the outcomes.
In this book Reacher accidentally stumbles across a human smuggling/peodophile ring while learning about the death/ disappearance of a young girl decades earlier. He then proceeds, with some grudging help from a few town members who are all under the thumb of the smugglers. Completely absurd how he almost single handedly discovers the truth, turns a few of the town to help him, and eventually kills everyone involved in the ring, at least in the town, as it’s all one family.
Did I roll my eyes once or twice reading this ? Yes. Did it stop me enjoying the book? No. If you like Jack Reacher books you’ll already know what to expect and I’m sure this will deliver. If not it’s a good entry book to learn a bit about his methods etc. If you like your heroes to be a bit gritty and rough and tumble and not win every fight they get into (realism, thank you) this is the series/book for you.
As a thriller I think it's a superb story, and in that way alone make it one of the best Lee Child books. It starts off with such a simple enough premise that grows into something much bigger as the novel progresses. Also, the character of Jack Reacher remains injured from the previous book, and a vulnerable hero is more interesting than an invincible one.
However, this time around I found the violence too extreme. While some people may argue it was justified, the way the character goes out of his way to cripple people from the start didn't work for me. By the end there was plenty of opportunity to see justice done, but instead there was too much cold-blooded mass murder.
Because of that, I'd regard this as a five-star story but am removing a star as the violence can be unpalatable.
It’s winter in a small town labouring under the tyranny of one powerful family. There’s a missing child, which he can’t ignore, obviously. And he becomes involved in a probably criminal, delayed shipment.
As always, Reacher is fighting for the downtrodden, the people who have run out of fight, and is on the side of ‘good’.
There’s action, thrills, mysteries and tension.
This is book number 15 in the Jack Reacher series, and while the books can be read in any order, ‘Worth Dying For’ continues from the end of ‘61 Hours’. Although I enjoyed the last book, I was glad to find this one puts Reacher firmly back into his regular ass-kicking, bad-guy thumping ways. This one is a real page turner and I really couldn’t see how our hero was going to get himself out of it in one piece.
A thrilling read that kept me on edge all the way through.
The have a twisted tale to tell, the goodies are always slightly bad, the baddies do some good things... there is action, violence, death, destruction and a good end.
This is all of the above and don’t get me wrong, it was a fun read.
But, and it is getting to be a bigger but, with every book I read, they are all basically the same.