A wanted man by Lee Childs

A wanted manI 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.

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Lee Childs

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.


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Posted on August 7, 2013, in Book reviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I never apologize for giving the brain a rest with a “comfort” book. I have read the occasional Lee Childs in the past but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to read another one since they cast Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. I wouldn’t want his face floating across the page in place of my imagined hero !

    • Interesting comment about Tom Cruise…….. I would have said he was a poor choice……….but then most of the film goers will not have read any of the books, so will not have any preconceptions.

  2. I think I have read all of the JAck Reacher novels, got to know the character, was with him when his brother was killed and followed his meandering, picaresque route through the United States but I will never understand how in the name of God they put diminutive Tom Cruise as the Reacher in the movie! I cannot even bear to see the film but look forward to the next novel … as long as they have not cut Reacher’s legs off!

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