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…

  1. Tripwire (#3):  Vietnam and Wall-Street 
  2. Killing Floor (#1):  Currency and Counterfeiting 
  3. Enemy (#8): Cold War and Cover-Ups
  4. Without Fail (#6):  Secret Service and National Politics
  5. Persuader (#7):  Drug Smuggling and Kidnapping 
  6. Echo Burning (#5):  Immigration and Domestic Violence 
  7. Running Blind (#4):  Sexual Harassment and Serial Killers 
  8. Die Trying (#2):  Extremists and Militias  
I plan to continue this series during the Winter holidays by finally reaching the book that was the basis for the first movie

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