A Wanted Man…

 

 
 
While on vacation, I was able to check out the seventeenth book in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series.

I liked the fact that, aside from the recent prequel, Child’s last few books (and the one following) connect loosely (but are still connected nonetheless).  Reacher is on his way to Virginia for a personal mission – but I suspect that that mission will become anything but personal once he arrives.  The earlier series was not much of a series – but rather stand-alone stories that reveal more and more about the hero (with the exception of a couple of reappearing characters).  That all seems to be changing.  That being said, this actual story did not bring much new to the table.  A fairly good mystery but with the same old twist and turns.  After reading the great majority of Child’s writings, I am starting to believe that the British author does not trust small town American government at all.   
 
Here is where I rank each book thus far…
  1. Tripwire (#3):  Vietnam and Wall-Street 
  2. Killing Floor (#1):  Currency and Counterfeiting 
  3. Gone Tomorrow (#13):  Subways and Afghanistan
  4. The Affair (#16):  Midnight Trains and Kosovo
  5. The Enemy (#8): Cold War and Cover-Ups
  6. Without Fail (#6):  Secret Service and National Politics
  7. Persuader (#7):  Drug Smuggling and Kidnapping 
  8. Echo Burning (#5):  Immigration and Domestic Violence 
  9. Worth Dying For (#15):  Farming and Human Trafficking 
  10. 61 Hours (#14):  Prison Towns and Drug Smuggling
  11. One Shot (#9): Assassinations and Soviet Prisons
  12. A Wanted Man (#17):  Hitchhiking and the Patriot Act
  13. Running Blind (#4):  Sexual Harassment and Serial Killers 
  14. Die Trying (#2):  Extremists and Militias  
  15. The Hard Way (#10):  Mercenaries and Missing People
  16. Bad Luck and Trouble (#11):  Special Units and Terrorism 
  17. Nothing To Lose (#12):  Veterans and Christians
I plan to catch up on the entire series by the end of this summer (initially with Never Go Back). This is actually the novel that the next Reacher movie is based on.  Has anyone read it?  
A Wanted Man…

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