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Tripwire (Jack Reacher #3)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  60,325 Ratings  ·  2,452 Reviews
Jack Reacher, ex-military policeman relaxed in Key West until Costello turned up dead. The amiable PI was hired in New York by the daughter of Reacher's mentor and former commanding officer, General Garber. Garber's investigation into a Vietnam MIA sets Reacher on collision with hand-less "Hook" Hobie, hours away from his biggest score.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Jove (first published June 28th 1999)
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This isn't a review, because I just started reading this book, but I couldn't help sharing my irritation.

I like Lee Child's storytelling skills, and Jack Reacher is a fun character to read about.

Unfortunately, his prose is like fingernails on a chalkboard. Most irritating of all, it's not irredeemably bad, it just needs a good editor. Who is Lee Child's editor? Does he even have one?

For instance:

"Are you Jack Reacher?" the guy asked for the third time.
Reacher set his bottle on the table and shoo
Jun 27, 2016 Alp rated it it was amazing

There wasn’t as much action in this book as there was in the previous one, but it was full of suspense which helped move the story right along. The investigation was incredibly intense and thrilling. It kept me wondering and guessing almost up until the end.

The author did it to me again! On the one hand, I really wanted to know the truth after being kept in suspense, but on the other hand, I didn’t want to turn the next page because I was too afraid something very bad would happen to those
Brent Goldstein
Jan 08, 2013 Brent Goldstein rated it it was ok
I'm reading the Reacher series in order from 1 to whatever and this is my third. Loved #1. Liked #2. Not happy with #3. On the positive side, I read it pretty quickly and was just interested enough in the story that I didn't quit and throw it back on the shelf. That being said, this story was a pale comparison to the first two.

I have several criticisms of this book, some major and some minor. On the minor side, the prose was suspect, redundant and often lazy. As some other reviewers have pointe
The best Reacher in the series so far, by a fairly long shot. Reacher is drifting (poorly as he's actually holding down two jobs) in the Florida Keys when he's tracked down by a Private Investigator. Denying that he's the main the man is searching for, he turns up dead pretty quickly. Suddenly Reacher (it's always Reacher, apparently, never Jack) decides he needs to track the killers down and get to the bottom of the whole affair - he feels a level of responsibility for the man's death. Before ...more
Linda Alexander
Jun 05, 2013 Linda Alexander rated it it was amazing
Child's book 'Tripwire' is an absolutely amazing read!! It seems each of his Jack Reacher novels is so unique all by itself; every time I read one, I think it can't get any better, and yet it does. Contrary to opinions by others about some of his books, I've loved every single one of them. I have nearly completed reading all that he's written, and that makes me sad because 'Reacher' is my hero.

My husband and I also saw the movie 'Jack Reacher' in December and we both enjoyed it.
Sep 15, 2015 Gary rated it it was amazing
One of the best jack reacher stories going u get to hear a fair bit about his past the story is fast paced and gets u hooked really early on 5 out of 5 stars
Jan 25, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
Reacher, Reacher, he's our man! If he can't do it, NO ONE CAN! Move over James Bond and all you other wannabe heroes, old Reacher is the real deal, and he's got your back.

Having spent an inordinate amount of my reading years going back and forth between fluff fiction, non-fiction, thrillers, and history, it was a pleasure to stumble upon Lee Child's "Tripwire." I probably never would have found this series if it were not for all the television hype about the Tom Cruise screen version of Child's

This was a disappointment after the solid 2nd novel "Die Trying". The plot was flat and offered no twists or turns for quite a lengthy book. The characters were standard for this type of genre also; the good guys were properly good at avoiding death at every turn and the bad guys were paint by numbers villains failing to get their man. The main bad guy has a hook, that's about as scary as it gets here.

Reacher is dragged across the country trying to help a long lost friend/daughter of his f
Jun 23, 2014 Stuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
"These boots were made for walking..."

There's two things I've learnt about Jack Reacher;

#1 You don't mess with Jack Reacher.

#2 You don't mess with Jack Reacher.

You'd think the villains would have some kind of handbook warning them not to mess with Jack Reacher. The handbook would go something like this;

#1 Jack Reacher

#2 Jack Bauer

#3 George W Bush

#4 The Brother's Grimm

#5 The Ghostbusters

This is the third book in the Jack Reacher series - Tripwire. There's two reason I'm being optimistic about t
Jul 17, 2014 Meghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Rashedul Islam
Dec 31, 2015 Rashedul Islam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2015
আমার পড়া লি চাইল্ড এর প্রথম বই। কাহিনী মোটামুটি ভালো, কিন্তু যেটা আমাকে বিশেষভাবে মুগ্ধ করেছে তাহলো লি চাইল্ড এর লেখার ধরন। সাধারন অবস্থা বা বিষয়ের বর্ণনাও এতো খুঁটিয়ে খুঁটিয়ে বর্ণনা করেছেন লেখক, মনে হয় যে চরিত্রগুলোর সামনে থেকে সময় নিয়ে দেখে দেখে ঘটনার বর্ণনা লিখেছেন। যদিও এই ব্যাপারটা অনেকের কাছে বিরক্ত লাগতে পারে, প্রথম দিকে আমার কাছেও লেগেছিলো, কিন্তু পরে এটাই ভালো লেগেছে। পড়ার সময় একটাই সমস্যা হয়েছে, জ্যাক রিচারের মুখ হিসেবে বারবার টম ক্রুজের চেহারাটা কল্পনায় এসেছে; ৬ ফুট ৫ ইঞ্চির, নীল ...more
Feb 25, 2014 Nate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to trying these books--my dad loves them and when this really nice gentleman at my work brought me a bag of books with this one in it it seemed like a good enough impetus to try one. Unfortunately, it didn't really work out. This was horribly bloated by about 200 pages or maybe 45% of its total length. When stuff was happening I was certainly enjoying myself, but then you have like 20 pages of fucking CLOTHES SHOPPING! This may be entertaining for others, but I've owned the ...more
Elizabeth A
Jun 15, 2014 Elizabeth A rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
It must be me. There are over 33,000 reviews of this book on GoodReads, and and the average rating is 4.05 stars. This is my third attempt at reading the very popular Jack Reacher series by Lee Child, but I fear that it will be my last. I looked back at my reviews of the first two books in the series, and realize that I have felt this way from the start, but I so wanted to join the fan club of this series that I tried again.

Reacher is digging pools in Key West, when strangers show up looking fo
Laura Leaney
Oct 24, 2012 Laura Leaney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: My Dad
For me, this kind of book is always about plot. The characters are unbelievable, clichéd, and much of the dialogue is laughably dumb. But………..the action, the “mystery,” is completely compelling. I had to finish, I had to get to the center of the mystery, and so I read it in something like three days. Pure entertainment of the shallowest kind. I hang my head in shame. I enjoyed it.

I cannot help but compare Jack Reacher to Henning Mankell’s Detective Wallender. I love Wallender because he’s overwe
Kathy Davie
Oct 22, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military, thriller
Third in the Jack Reacher thriller series revolving around a retired military policeman, checking out the country and fixing wrongs. The action starts in Key West, Florida, and veers toward the military thriller end of the spectrum.

My Take
I do love Child's writing. He grabs me and pulls me immediately into the story. The story's basic concept may be a bit of a cliché, but Child has a lovely way of twisting it into something so much more interesting, especially with a character who understands fe
Dec 06, 2008 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, male-author
In Tripwire, the third book in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, Reacher is in Key West digging swimming pools - with a shovel. The job is suiting him just fine until a New York City private detective comes looking for Reacher on behalf of a woman named Mrs. Jacob. The fact that he's never heard of Mrs. Jacob is bothersome enough, but when the private investigator ends up dead, Reacher has to find out why.

When Reacher travels to New York City he discovers that Mrs. Jacob is actually Jody Garber,
Jul 02, 2015 Eric_W rated it it was ok
I have read or listened to several of the Reacher series, but it struck me while listening to this, the third in the series, that Jack Reacher is an extremely boring person who lives a prosaic, boring life. He seems to have no interests, no love of music or books, or hobbies. He suffers from terminal pseudo-guilt that inevitably gets him sticking his nose into situations fraught with potential violence. One character in this book described him as looking like a “condom overstuffed with walnuts.” ...more
b00k r3vi3ws
Jun 16, 2016 b00k r3vi3ws rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This is one of my top favourite Jack Reacher stories. Though this is the third book in the series, I first read it quite late. As a result, Jack Reacher had taken me by surprise in the very first chapter of this book.

Jack Reacher has a job. *** Scratch that *** Jack Reacher has two jobs. He digs pools during the day and is a bouncer at a club at night. Yes… that is right. Jack Reacher has stopped at a place for long enough to get a job. Obviously his dwindling bank balance had something to do wi
Oct 10, 2013 Unbridled rated it did not like it
I found this book in the apartment in Marais and I thought it would be a perfect plane-read for the 12 hour flight home. Well, I suppose perfect is an exaggeration and it might have been a good choice had I actually read more than a few pages on the plane; but I certainly felt a duty to finish what I’d started when I got home. So begat my second Jack Reacher novel. And this is pretty much all I have to say: If you're going to write for thrills, make it entertaining and skip the goo goo yearning ...more
Dec 16, 2011 Dawn rated it liked it
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Nov 01, 2011 Wesley rated it it was amazing
The best one yet. Now this can go 1 of 2 ways, or the more common now-a-days 3rd direction. 1. Lee Child's books in this series keep getting better and better and being I'm late to the show I already know there a bunch to go. So obviously success has been had but is it the right kind. Could be they beat a dead horse to death, and then killed it again by putting out more books. 2. The good kind, as in the books are awesome through and through and more got written. Then there is the 3rd option ...more
Dec 31, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it
What I like about the Jack Reacher series is that the women are portrayed as strong individuals who dont need a man to rescue them. This is made more rewarding when invariably Jack gets many opportunities to shine despite this. The love interest is believable and the back story a lovely touch, however we know jack is a wandering nomad and any longterm relationship is unlikeable whether they survive or not!

Trip Wire sees jack digging pools by hand in the sunny Keys, lots of detail here about the
Oct 30, 2012 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is lowest common denominator writing. A ridiculously simple book which more or less failed to provoke any real tension or thrill. I would have given it one star were it not for a reasonably entertaining plot which, while highly predictable and devoid of any real intrigue, was fast-paced enough to ensure that the read does not feel laboured. Don't expect any of the arresting plot twists that good thrillers use to smack you around the face to leave wide-eyed and thinking "where did that come ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Amy rated it did not like it
Where do I start? This book was so bad! The Reacher series just keeps getting worse and worse. I realize that Child's audience is probabaly a larger % of males than females, but come on! Reacher is such a shallow guy. It's really disappointing. What makes him so appealing is that he's always saves the day. He's who you want on your side when you're in trouble.

But when Reacher says he loves Jodie. He's a wanderer that doesn't like to be 'tied down'. He hooks up with a different woman in all his a
Alain Burrese
Aug 04, 2012 Alain Burrese rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
After reading the two newest Jack Reacher novels, "61 Hours" and "Worth Dying For," at the beginning of this year, I went back to read one of Lee Child's earlier novels that I hadn't read yet. (I came into the series in the middle, and am slowly working the earlier books into my reading list) "Tripwire" by Lee Child is the third in the series about former Army MP, turned drifter, Jack Reacher, and it's definitely a fun and suspenseful ride.

The book begins with Reacher in Key West, but quickly mo
Jane Stewart
Fun escape. Tough, smart, macho man. You need to suspend disbelief a little.

A private detective comes to Florida looking for Reacher. He is killed by two thugs who are also looking for Reacher. Reacher goes to New York to find out who wanted him and why. He learns his close friend Garber wanted his help to find out what happened to a missing soldier in Vietnam. Garber recently died. His daughter Jody helps Reacher with this. A vicious one-armed man is torturing and killing people, mo
Jun 11, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
It all began with an inquiry. "Are you Jack Reacher?" After denying the question, Reacher soon learns that the man behind it, a private investigator, turns up dead. Living the good life in Florida, Reacher begins digging into the death, an apparent murder, which leads him up to NYC. There, Reacher learns who hired the P.I. and discovers a long ago forbidden love, now grown and seeking to pass along some important news, the death of his former CO. When Reacher learns of an MIA mystery dating back ...more
Jul 02, 2012 Harry rated it it was amazing
I'm going to add the same review for all of the Reacher series, so if you've read this one, you've read 'em all. If you feel a certain affinity for the lone hero, a man of principle, of unwavering knowledge and assent as to his own actions, than Jack Reacher's your kinda guy.

Lee Child has created an unforgettable and unique character in his creation of Jack Reacher. Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a unique animal/human running around on this planet and that in spite of social con
Feb 09, 2009 David rated it liked it
Shelves: completed
Tripwire is a thrilling mystery. Okay, I liked it because I figured it out fairly early-- but that's because Child gave me the right clues and the red herrings offered were fairly obvious.

A private detective comes looking for Reacher, who is living as a drifter in Florida. He talks to Reacher, but Reacher refuses to reveal his identity. Then the detective is killed in a gruesome manner and Reacher begins backtracking to find out what is going on. He uncovers a mystery that reaches all the way b
Leon Aldrich
Jul 30, 2012 Leon Aldrich rated it really liked it
Our hero Jack Reacher fondly reminds me of the TV series Kung Fu, where Kwai Chang Caine roams the U.S. righting wrongs. And if you are asking, "If this is so darn good, why not five stars?"

Simply answered, "Four stars are books or series I'd highly recommend to others, but five stars means I could easily reread that novel several times."

There is zero doubt I'm a big fan of Lee Child's "Jack Reacher." This is one series I aim to complete this year.
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Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a ...more
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