Saturday 25 May 2019

The Christmas Scorpion - Lee Child - Jack Reacher Book 22.5

The Christmas Scorpion
Jack Reacher Book 22.5
Lee Child
Delacorte Press
Penguin Random House Canada
eISBN 9781984818454

In under 4 months I have read 15 of the Jack Reacher Novels or short. I have a friend who calls me a ‘completionist’, meaning when I find an author, I enjoy I tend to try and read everything they wrote. And I know there is a growing trend for there to be a short story released between novels in a series. So, this story comes right before the first novel I read. And I hope to finish all the novels and short stories before book 24 comes out later this year. But back to this story. 

In this story Jack Reacher is heading south the winter. Just before Christmas he arrives in a small town in Northern California. There is a freak snow storm. He arrives in a bard to find two pairs of patrons, and older couple, and two that look like police of special service branch. He soon finds out that the two are military police who have lost their primary protection. There is a credible threat against their asset. And they are stuck out on a limb. 

Can Reacher help them?
Will Reacher help them?
Will the assassin win?

This is a fun little story. In my reading I have been jumping around the Reacher canon of work. I have come to realize that the short stories do not necessarily rely on past events, but sometimes can give clues or hints. Or link together events mentioned in passing in the novels. As I read more of the Reacher stories it will be interesting to find out how this one fits in with all the others. I wonder if we will encounter the brits again, or the older couple from the bar. Weather we do or not, it is an interesting little adventure to help you get your Reacher fix between novels. 

Books by Lee Child:
Jack Reacher Books Publishing Order:

Killing Floor
Die Trying
The Visitor /Running Blind
Echo Burning
Without Fail
The Enemy
One Shot
The Hard Way
Bad Luck and Trouble
Nothing to Lose
Gone Tomorrow
61 Hours
Worth Dying For
The Affair
A Wanted Man
Never Go Back
Make Me
Night School
The Midnight Line
Past Tense
Blue Moon

The Sentinel Jack Reacher's Rules

Reacher Short Stories and Novella’s:
No Middle Name – Complete Collected Short Stories
Stories in No Middle Name Collection:
Too Much Time
Second Son
Deep Down
Guy Walks into A Bar
James Penney’s New Identity
High Heat
Everyone Talks
Not A Drill
Small Wars
Maybe They Have A Tradition

No Room At The Motel
The Picture of the Lonely Diner

Other Short Stories:
The Fourth Man
The Christmas Scorpion
Faking a Murderer with Kathy Reichs
Cleaning the Gold with Karin Slaughter
Good and Valuable Consideration with Joseph Finder

Other Books by Lee Child
The Hero
Jack Reacher: A Mysterious Profile

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