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Tripwire by Lee Child
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Feb 16, 10

bookshelves: thriller-and-suspense
Read in October, 2009

Plot Summary: Jack Reacher is a former military policeman living “off the grid” in the Florida Keys. Digging swimming pools by day and bouncing at a local strip club by night, Reacher’s reclusive lifestyle is interrupted when a private investigator named Costello comes looking for him and is soon after discovered beaten to death with his fingertips removed. Feeling responsible, Reacher flies to New York City to track down Costello’s employer whom he discovers was his recently deceased mentor, Lean Garber. Reunited with Garber’s daughter Jodie, Reacher and his forbidden love interest take up the case of locating an elderly couple’s son who went missing in Vietnam. But many questions arise: Why won’t the government confirm Victor Hobie’s death? Who are the dark-suited goons trying to kill Reacher and Jodie in broad daylight? How is the disfigured loan shark with the hook hand linked to the Hobie’s missing son? Reacher and Jodie must travel from New York to St. Louis to Hawaii’s Central Identification Laboratory to solve the mystery and effect justice for the elderly Hobie’s. But above all, Reacher and Jodie must stay alive.

Appeal: relentless, compelling, engaging and eccentric hero, strong female characters, series, action-oriented, cinematic, investigative, multiple plot twists, resolved ending, contemporary, details of military life and weaponry, edgy, menacing atmosphere, suspenseful, smart, clean and direct language.

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