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Tripwire (Jack Reacher #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  69,619 Ratings  ·  2,769 Reviews
In Tripwire, Reacher is settling into lazy Key West when his life is interrupted by a stranger who comes looking for him. When the stranger turns up beaten to death in the Old Town cemetery - fingertips removed - Reacher knows whomever the man was working for is not a friend. Reacher follows the trail to New York, where he confronts the people who dispatched the dead man: ...more
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Published March 1st 2012 by Brilliance Audio (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
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My reading record for Lee Child’s Reacher series hasn’t been stellar – The first book in the series, and the second of the two I had read, was a dreadful regurgitation of genre clichés and one of the worst books I’ve ever read. The other book (#7), which comes later in the series was better – entertaining enough, and if the reader gets past the asshat-clever, narrative tomfoolery, not a bad read.

So why continue with the series?

The trailer for the second Reacher movie starring Tom Cruise looked p
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest with you..I enjoy reading thriller books but I don't know how to write reviews for them so if you're looking for an extensive analysis of this book I'm sorry to disappoint you.

I've read second half of the book in one sitting so it is suffice to say that it was very interesting. Not much action scenes in this one but it was filled with suspense and intriguing investigations with a very well executed plot twist.
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
A more realistic book, in comparison to all the very unrealistic things he does in this series. It's probably because this plot follows more of a crime show storyline of detective work by Reacher and lady vs the previous books he was in situations without all the info or a way to investigate through normal channels.

The story starts off with some guys finding Jack in the Florida Keys where he's been living and digging swimming pools. One guy is killed by two other guys and Jack investigates it b
Brent Goldstein
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay, more like it. I have found myself running hot and cold in the Reacher series. There can be a huge eye roll factor in some of them...and there is a bit of that here. However...this one is very well constructed and the story pulled me in and wouldn't let go.

Okay a bit more detail (as I liked this one). So, what's the eye roll factor?

Well, let's look at an example. Reacher has been in Florida when he's drawn into the "mystery" (no spoilers, sorry). He's been making a living hand digging swimm
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meni samom je prilično zanimljivo kako mi je lijepo sjela ova knjiga.
Znamo o kakvoj se literaturi radi, skoro pa svemogući junak upada u razne probleme iz kojih se uvijek izvuče manje ili više izbubetan.

Genijalan žanr za potpuni odmor na vreloj plaži ili u toploj sobi.

Ako je inteligentno napisan, a Childu je već u trećoj knjizi sa Reacherom uspjelo znatno podići nivo pisanja od teme do izvedbe tako da mi je planula u samo tri dana aktivnog čitanja.

Ima samo jedan sitan nedostatak, stalno mi pred
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 w ...more
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Eddie Owens
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Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Linda Alexander
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 20, 2014 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
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Τον Οκτώβριο του 2015 ήταν η τελευταία φορά που διάβασα βιβλίο του Λι Τσάιλντ με πρωταγωνιστή τον γαμάτο Τζακ Ρίτσερ και η αλήθεια είναι ότι μου έλειψε πάρα πολύ ο άτιμος. Δηλαδή, εντάξει, προσπαθώ να διαβάζω μια στο τόσο βιβλία σειρών που μου αρέσουν πολύ, έτσι ώστε να μην ξεμείνω, αλλά καμιά φορά το παρακάνω. Τέλος πάντων, το συγκεκριμένο είναι το τρίτο βιβλίο της σειράς με ήρωα τον Τζακ Ρίτσερ και όγδοο που διαβάζω εγώ.

Ο σκληροτράχηλος, μοναχικός και περιπλανώμενος Τζακ Ρίτσερ βρίσκεται στο Κ
Kathy Davie
Jun 25, 2012 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
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting thriller in the Jack Reacher series. Action packed and suspenseful throughout. A guy disappears in Vietnam and is classified as MIA and Reacher becomes involved in an investigation with what really happened to him.
Elizabeth A
Jun 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 18, 2012 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
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2015
আমার পড়া লি চাইলড এর পরথম বই। কাহিনী মোটামুটি ভালো, কিনতু যেটা আমাকে বিশেষভাবে মুগধ করেছে তাহলো লি চাইলড এর লেখার ধরন। সাধারন অবসথা বা বিষয়ের বরণনাও এতো খুঁটিয়ে খুঁটিয়ে বরণনা করেছেন লেখক, মনে হয় যে চরিতরগুলোর সামনে থেকে সময় নিয়ে দেখে দেখে ঘটনার বরণনা লিখেছেন। যদিও এই বযাপারটা অনেকের কাছে বিরকত লাগতে পারে, পরথম দিকে আমার কাছেও লেগেছিলো, কিনতু পরে এটাই ভালো লেগেছে। পড়ার সময় একটাই সমসযা হয়েছে, জযাক রিচারের মুখ হিসেবে বারবার টম করুজের চেহারাটা কলপনায় এসেছে; ৬ ফুট ৫ ইঞচির, নীল চোখের জযাক রিচারকে কলপন ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I watched another episode of Jack Reacher - I mean read. This one has a master villain whose actions can almost be predicted. He is deformed and sadistic and there is an identity issue related to him that can be seen through from a distance. Also the actions of the villain are more than a little far fetched and his victims, in the book, are very compliant. Reacher ends up with the usual sexy, strong woman and performs feats of derring-do, and hand to hand combat against hired assassins. Not as g ...more
Feb 22, 2014 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
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Another awesome kick-ass Reacher tale!

In Tripwire, we find Drifter, and Ex-Military Policeman Jack Reacher in Florida, Key West, doing two jobs for money, cleaning public swimming pools, and working as a bouncer in a Strip Bar, when he is approached by a Private Investigator who has been searching for him. But not long after the PI's arrival, he is found brutally murdered. Now with not many leads to go on, Reacher retraces his trail back to New York City, to find out who sent him and why, only t
Dec 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Alexa ❤️
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
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Ok, so despite all the advice and my own thoughts , I went ahead and read another Jack Reacher, so that's 3 in just over 2 weeks. Did I find it boring and/or formulaic as I worried I might ? No, in fact I actually enjoyed this one the most of the 3 so far. A good story well written. Bring on the next, but maybe in a few weeks eh ???
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery, 5-star
An excellent 5 star thriller, just love Jack Reacher. I found it poignant that this story, written in 1999, is set in and around the world trade center before it was attacked.
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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 pr ...more
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