This is the best Finder novel, yet. I've read a few but I could hardly put this one down.
Nick Heller, private investigator and retired military intellThis is the best Finder novel, yet. I've read a few but I could hardly put this one down.
Nick Heller, private investigator and retired military intelligence officer, is asked to help an old friend, billionaire financier, Marshall Marcus. Marcus' daughter, Alexa doesn't return home after a night out at a nightclub. Kidnapping is, of course, suspected and for some reason Marcus does not want to call in the police or the FBI. With some trepidation, Nick agrees to pursue the case, mostly because Marcus helped his mom out in the past and because he likes Alexa.
The story tracks what's happening to Alexa and also the perpetrator of the kidnapping, switching back and forth with short action filled chapters. Using all the resources at his disposal and calling in favors from friends and ex-colleagues, he still has a difficult time figuring out what's happened to Alexa. Part of the problem are the secrets Marcus keeps from Heller and the secrets that Heller uncovers on his own, Hence the title of the book.
The entire book is suspenseful as each seeming breakthrough ends in a blind alley. The fact that Alexa will likely be killed no matter what happens makes the story all that much more poignant. The other characters in the story all contribute to either the solution or more confusion. This is definitely a story that moves quickly and keeps the reader guessing.
I highly recommend it as an introduction to Finder's skill as a writer....more
This, #16 in the Jack Reacher series, is an excellent effort by Child to keep the series at its already high level and finally give us the complete ReThis, #16 in the Jack Reacher series, is an excellent effort by Child to keep the series at its already high level and finally give us the complete Reacher backstory.
It's 1997 and the budget cutters are looking to downsize the army, the only home Reacher has ever known. Reacher knows he's vulnerable so is not surprised when he's asked to go undercover to help the army manage a crisis in Northeastern Mississippi, at a small town named Carter's Crossing, where the murder of a young woman, Janice May Chapman, took place outside of an army Ranger base, Fort Kelham
Reacher's instructions are vague but it's clear that the army is afraid of a scandal if one of theirs is the perpetrator. When Reacher gets to Carter's Crossing, he's immediately made by the sheriff, a beautiful, ex Marine CWO 5 and investigator, Elizabeth Devereaux. Despite a lot of initial suspicion of each others' motives, they eventually partner up and quickly discover there's a conspiracy at work to hide the truth.
Ferreting out the nature of the conspiracy without knowing who to trust is the story here. There are a few sub-plots involving additional murders, local rednecks, a militia from Tennessee, a midnight train and Reacher's relationship with Devereaux. All of these contribute to the story and show us the many sides of Reacher.
One thing, those of us who've read the other books in the series know is that Reacher will do whatever is necessary to make things "right". It's his nature. He also loves the army in his own way and does what he can to protect it from itself.
The story builds to a very satisfying climax and should leave any reader with a lot of motivation to read other books in the series. Even though it's #16, this volume can be a good place to start....more