Books: Lee Child “61 Hours”

July 17, 2010

I really do like Lee Child‘s work and this is his fourteenth book all of which feature the Jack Reacher character.  I’ve always liked the writing style which moves the story along at a good pace with few asides or distractions, and short chapters always seem to end in a small cliff-hanger, twist or surprise.

This story starts with Reacher being caught in a bus accident that leaves him in the snowed in town of Bolton, South Dakota.  For a small town in the middle of a blizzard with temperatures at record lows the rather large police department seem to be on high alert and it doesn’t take long for them to start looking into the large rough looking lower who has appeared in town.  This time, however, the police check out his record – 13 years of Army service as a military police investigator mustered out with the rank of Major in 1997.  In fact, Jack Reacher is just what this Police department needs in their current crisis.

There has been a bit of a dip in the quality of the Reacher series lately, some of the plots have been too far fetched and the introduction of side-kicks has been hit and miss.  61 Hours is a full recovery of style and perhaps even the best Reacher novel yet.  The most outstanding ending to any of Lee Child’s novels I’ve read and it leaves me desperate to get my hands on the next book – can’t wait.