NOTHING TO LOSE
Jack Reacher returns, as stubborn and provocative as always. Fans of the series will delight in the way Child sets up a simple mystery -- centering around a secretive small town -- that's systematically worked out in his antihero's usual won't-back-down fashion. Reacher has both the brains and the brawn -- and they're as formidable as ever in this gripping novel.
With the help of a female cop from Hope, Reacher gets to the bottom of what's really happening in Despair, including why some young men seem to be disappearing into the night, and what's really happening behind the factory's fortress-like walls. (DELACORTE, Jun., 416 pp., $27.00)