Saturday 1 June 2019

Tripwire - Lee Child - Jack Reacher Book 3

Jack Reacher Book 3
Lee Child
Delacorte Press
Penguin Random House Canada
ISBN 9780425264393
eISBN 9781440638930

I have become somewhat addicted to the Jack Reacher novels and short stories. In under 4 months I have read 15 of the Jack Reacher Novels or short. I have a literary friend an author, who calls me a ‘completionist’, meaning when I find an author, I enjoy I tend to try and read everything they wrote. But with the Jack Reacher books I have been jumping around, a lot. I started with 23, then 21.5, than 1, than 8, than 23.5, and the 15th I have read is this one book three. My dad had mentioned that in one of the books Reacher is bequest a house. But he did nor remember much else about it. This is that story. It is book three in the published order, but it is book 11 of 35 at the time of writing this review if you include the short stories, and cross over stories. So there is a lot in the Reacher canon of work after this book either in the publishing order or chronological order. 

I know some fans insist on reading Reacher in the order they were written. And some think new readers should follow the chronology. And their might be pros and cons to both. I have debated going back and reading them based on what voice they are written in. But at this point that will need to wait for the second time through. For I am trying to read and review them all in under 7 months before Blue Moon comes out. But back to this story. 

The story begins with Reacher living in Florida, he is hand digging pools by day, and working as a bouncer by night. It has been two years since he left the military, and when a PI comes looking for a guy named Reacher, he says he never heard of him. The guy is soon dead, and Reacher knows who did it. But he doesn’t know why. And this begins a quest for Reacher why was Costello looking for him> And why did it get him killed. It is also the story of Hook Hobie, a man who has a thirty-year-old secret that can cost him everything. And he is prepared, he has two early warning systems, notices to give him time to cash out. But they end up getting triggered in the wrong order. And he has a deal in the works that his years of preparation will not let him walk away from. But now he is in Reacher’s orbit, and Reacher will stop at nothing to save those he loves, and defend truth. In this book we meet Garber’s daughter, a wall street lawyer. And We meet a couple still looking for answers about what happened to their son in Vietnam. And in the middle of it all is Reacher trying to solve a problem General Garber could not see through to completion.

This is a very intense Reacher novel, in many ways even more intense than many of the other I have read. Reacher is working to protect a woman he has known for many years. He is trying to figure out a puzzle. And he is trying to find answers so an old couple can finally put their son’s memories to rest. 

A great read, that as always leave you wanting the next Reacher story in your hand, no matter what order you are reading them in. 

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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