Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he’s worried about is exactly who picks him up.
She’s called Carmen. She’s a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl . . . and she has married into the wrong family. They’re called the Greers. They’re a bitter and miserly clan, and they’ve made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.
Lawyers can’t help. Cops can’t be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen’s husband is dead-and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.
Point of view:
3rd person. Multiple perspectives.
DNF at 21%. 3.5+ hours and I just don’t care. I’m not saying protecting an abused woman isn’t a noble cause or can’t be an interesting story, but it took 3+ hours just to find out what the hell Carmen wanted.
Reacher would ask questions and “She said nothing.” Carmen would ask questions and “Reacher said nothing.” The phrase “said nothing” is in this book 194 times. (Thanks Kindle search)
Maybe I’ll try to pick up the series again at some point but this isn’t holding my interest at all, especially when there’s another 14 hours to go.
I liked Dick Hill’s narration, though he sounds a bit old to me after listening to Johnathan McClain for the last three books.
About the author:
Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV’s “golden age.” During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.
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