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Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels – 8/10

Burly, yet brilliant.  Violent, yet sensitive to the needs of women.  Loyal to friends, yet indifferent to relationships.

Meet Jack Reacher, U.S. hero of British writer Lee Child’s thriller series about an ex military policeman who drifts around, usually finding himself in small town America with a woman to save, an injustice to right, a mystery to solve or, often, all three.

I much enjoyed “The Affair”

I have been a Jack Reacher fan since reading my first Lee Child novel, “Tripwire”, over a decade ago.  That book features a cunning plot; extreme violence, some directed against wholly innocent people; and a powerful, satisfying resolution.

Child has published 22 Jack Reacher novels in total, exactly one a year since 1997.  They are hugely successful: “Make Me” (no.20 in the series, published in 2015), for example, has over 2,800 reviews on Amazon.co.uk and over 7,800 on Amazon.com.

But super-successful novelists have a problem.  From Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent to J K Rowling’s Harry Potter, publishers’ deadlines and the fact that readers who enjoy one book will be keen to buy the next in the series make it hard for writers to maintain a consistently high standard.  Even my favourite thriller-writer, Michael Connelly, has one or two books which are weaker than the rest.

How about Lee Child?  I see good news, bad news and good news.  The first good news (more…)

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