I had the time, during a recent vacation, to finish the seventh book in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. This book has quite the unique twist. The author uses a flashback to bring great depth to the story. There is unfinished business. A layered narrative of sorts. He also brings back the first-person narrative that made the first book so enjoyable.
The Persuader truly reveals a lot more of Reacher than most of the previous works. For example, the book closes with a quote that really typifies Jack Reacher. He says of himself, “I don’t care about the little guy. I just hate the big guy. I hate big smug people who think they can get away with things.” Isn’t this what really makes Reacher so original. Can he really be called a hero?
That being said, here is where I rank each installment thus far…
- Tripwire (#3): Vietnam and Wall-Street
- Killing Floor (#1): Currency and Counterfeiting
- Enemy (#8): Cold War and Cover-Ups
- Without Fail (#6): Secret Service and National Politics
- Persuader (#7): Drug Smuggling and Kidnapping
- Echo Burning (#5): Immigration and Domestic Violence
- Running Blind (#4): Sexual Harassment and Serial Killers
- Die Trying (#2): Extremists and Militias