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One Shot by Lee Child
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A sniper kills five people from his perch in a parking garage and sets up former Marine sniper, James Barr, for the killings.

When questioned, Barr won't talk to the police but asks his attorney to get Jack Reacher.

Reacher arrives but has no love for Barr. Reacher knows that Barr got away with killing a number of people when he was stationed in Kuwait City. Even though the people he killed may have deserved their fate, Reacher still feels that he escaped justice. Therefore, Reacher's goal is to help send Barr to jail this time.

The defense attorney, Helen Rodin, is up against her father as the prosecutor. Her father has a strong record of convictions and recommends that Helen doesn't take the case but Helen decides to defend Barr anyway. She also convinces Reacher to look at the evidence before he decides that Barr is guilty. When he does, Reacher feels that the evidence is just too good to be true and begins to disect each piece of evidence to see if it is bonafide.

Reacher is still adverse to helping Helen but when he leaves her office, someone tries to set him up for a beating. He turns the table on the attackers and becomes more interested in helping defend Barr.

Jack Reacher shows again that he's the one person who could be counted on when there seems no hope. His military training as a homicide investigator makes him more analytical and his physical size and skills with weapons gives him the tools he needs to overcome his adversaries.

This is a well plotted novel with sympathetic characters. Parts of the story were predictable but the story had good suspense and it kept me turning the pages, interested in finding how Reacher would overcome this impossible situation.

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