Reacher lives! The body count is high in his 15th outing and fans of Child’s wandering soldier who were wondering how he survived the big blow-up finale in 61 Hours get a typically terse explanation. He’s still finding trouble that only a couple dozen enemy-trouncings will remedy, and Child is still delivering that suspenseful thrill ride you just can’t put down until the last butt has been kicked.

Reacher hitches a ride that takes him right to the center of nowhere: a small, isolated Nebraska town that’s held in thrall by a vicious family. The Duncan brothers control the town’s crop hauling and transportation, and they move a very profitable illegal cargo on the side. When Reacher intervenes in a domestic dispute, he makes enemies with the Duncans — and their various nefarious business associates, all of whom want Reacher dead. But Reacher doesn’t die that easily; besides, he needs to find out if the Duncans are responsible for the long-ago disappearance of a child. (DELACORTE, Oct., 384 pp., $28.00)
Reviewed by: 
Liz French