Readers get a dose of the younger, more innocent Jack Reacher in Child's latest. On New Year's Eve 1989, Major Reacher receives a call—a soldier's body has been found dead in a motel room. Reacher investigates and realizes this two-star general's death is no simple matter.
Then the general's wife is murdered that same night. Complicating things even more, a Delta Force soldier is murdered, and Reacher is implicated.
Reacher puts together the pieces—he and 19 other top MPs were transferred to new posts without warning, there's a power struggle between two major Army branches, and the Berlin Wall has fallen—and the conclusion he comes to is staggering.
The suspense, action and mystery—there are more twists than a roller coaster—will have you on the edge of your seat. We also see the loss of Jack's innocence and vulnerability and how he became the man he is today. Child's latest is not only a must-have, it's a keeper. (May, 394 pp., $25.00)