A wanted man by Lee Childs
I seldom pick up thrillers and crime novels. I have little interest in getting into the groove of following a detective series, book by book, chapter by chapter. When I do pick up such a novel, it is usually for diversion and something that makes few demands. After threading my way through the intricacies of Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the bodies, I needed something lighter, something with its own momentum.
I was unfamiliar with Lee Childs’ dirty Harry-type hero, Jack Reacher, until a friend left a copy of his latest book with us, and asked us to put it in the book exchange of our local community cafe. A wanted man was published about the time that Childs’ super anti-hero is about to go Hollywood, with Tom Cruise scheduled to play the hero. An unlikely choice from a physical point of view, given that the book version has Reacher sporting the physical build of someone between a basketball player and a heavy-weight boxer.
Without rehearsing any of the details of the plot, Reacher is an ex-military policeman who unwittingly gets caught up in an FBI operation, and being the super anti-hero that he is, where the FBI fail, he steps in to save the world. Given that this is the 17th novel in the series, midst the earth-shattering, blood curdling thick of the win-all/lose-all finale of the story, we know that Reacher survives to see another day…….after all Childs has no intention of ‘jacking his day job’ just yet.
A great page-turner for the beach or a long flight. And I’m sure it will be prominently displayed in most airport bookstores.