UK Kirkus Review »
Child's regular protagonist, ex-military policeman Jack Reacher, is living an unusually quiet life in Florida's Key West. When a private detective starts asking questions about him then turns up dead with his fingertips sliced off, Reacher realizes it is time to move on. Soon he is up to his neck in lethal trouble (as in Child's excellent thrillers Die Trying and Killing Floor) involving a vicious Wall Street manipulator, a mysterious woman and the livelihood of a whole community. The author prides himself that, as an Englishman, he writes American thrillers which are utterly convincing in milieu and toughness of action, without a trace of English sensibility. This novel is no exception. (Kirkus UK)
US Kirkus Review » A good guy outsmarts a venomous viper, outguns a gazillion villains - and falls in love with a nice gal. Continuing at loose ends after being separated from the Army (the peace dividend, you know), former MP Major Jack Reacher (Die Trying, 1998, etc.) is down in Key West rather enjoying irresponsibility - until a private investigator shows up looking for him. The following day the p.i. turns up dead, fingertips sliced off for the purpose of preserving his incognito. Something nefarious is going on here, Reacher concludes, stirred by a burst of the old action-hero adrenaline. All he knows for sure, however, is that the detective was hired by a Ms. Jacob. Pause for a deductive leap or two, then on to New York to track down the mysterious Ms. Jacob. But what's in a name? It soon develops that Ms. J isn't mysterious at all. In fact, she's an old friend. Before she was married, the Ms. J., now divorced, was a J already - Jodie Garber, daughter of General Garber, Reacher's erstwhile commanding officer and mentor. Reacher last saw her when she was 15 and in the throes of a violent crush on him. Now she's 30, and as gorgeous as you might have guessed. Among other things, she needs Reacher to finish a task begun by her recently deceased father. Reacher accepts the mission, of course, and is immediately in confrontation with a sadistic demon, obligatorily brilliant, whose intricate scam has roots in Vietnam and whose pleasure in killing and maiming is unconfined. But love (for Jodie) has not blunted Reacher's martial capabilities, and from a climactic one-on-one with Hook (the sadistic demon) Hobie, he emerges scathed but triumphant. Unabashedly mindless but fun: Reacher swashbuckles with the best of them. (Kirkus Reviews)
Book Review: Tripwire by Lee Child - Reviewed by Sheepcoate (26 Aug 2012)
The third in the Jack Reacher series – Tripwire. While not quite as exciting as the previous Reacher books, its still an enticing read. Reacher the loner is working out of the Florida keys when a private Investigator tracks him down, employed by a mysterious client.
Reacher gets involved as only Reacher can in a petty crime Lord which he investigates to get to the bottom of. Once again Reacher displays the tenacity and locality to serve his country and do the right thing.
You learn more about Reacher’s upbringing on a personal and professional level. Some issues are left unresolved in this book and no doubt will be addressed in future novels.