Thursday, March 2, 2017

Bad Luck and Trouble, by Lee Child

I can't get enough of Jack Reacher.  He's smart, he fights like a beast, he acts on a deep sense of justice, and he's rarely wrong.  Lee Child's eleventh book in the Jack Reacher series, Bad Luck and Trouble, is one of the better ones I've read so far.  Reacher gets a coded message through his ATM receipt from an old army buddy.  It turns out someone is picking off members of their unit, so the surviving members gather to figure out why.

Of course Reacher figures it all out.  I said he's rarely wrong.  He has a couple of misses in this one, but they sure move the story along.  I enjoyed the teamwork in Bad Luck and Trouble as he reconnects with his old buddies.  I enjoy the fact that the bad guys get their due.  I enjoy the contrast of Reacher's analytical, observant mind with his cluelessness about technology.  I enjoy Reacher's simplicity; he recognizes that while his colleagues are, on the surface, more prosperous and stable than he is, he isn't missing much by being a homeless drifter.

The body count of Bad Luck and Trouble is substantial.  But Reacher and his pals only off the ones who deserve it.  Some of Reacher's adventures have very limited implications, like justice in a small town or for one family, but this one has huge implications as they uncover a far-reaching terrorist plot.  But America is safer with Reacher on the case.  After this one wraps up, he'll get a new folding toothbrush and hit the road until someone needs him again.

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