Thursday, November 05, 2009

One Shot, by Lee Child

One Shot, by Lee Child

A suburban assassin kills five people in a public plaza in Indiana, but is captured that same day. All he will say upon arrest though, is, “They got the wrong guy. Get Jack Reacher for me.” Child has some great hooks in his Reacher novels, but this one is one of my favorites. The mystery of why a killer with mounds of evidence pointed at him asks for a former investigator instead of a lawyer and the secondary problem of what really happened are both quite compelling. While we clearly know that Reacher is going to be fine at the conclusion, several of his colleagues are placed in real jeopardy and because Child doesn’t use many recurring characters the tension is palpable. It is a shame that Child doesn’t have more people reappear in later novels actually; he rivals Parker (of Spenser fame) for creating interesting secondary personae and I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing some of these folks in more than one novel.

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