CD edition of this riproaring missilebusting piece of killer storytelling by Lee Child, which takes his cult hero Jack Reacher back in time, to his days as a Military Policeman in the US Army.
LEE CHILD is British but moved with his family from Cumbria to the United States to start a new career as an American thriller writer. His first novel, KILLING FLOOR, won the Anthony Award, and his second, DIE TRYING, won W H Smith's Thumping Good Read Award. His most recent thrillers featuring Jack Reacher, the former US military cop and maverick drifter are TRIPWIRE, THE VISITOR; ECHO BURNING, WITHOUT FAIL and PERSUADER. All have been bestsellers.
The latest entry in what is arguably today's finest thriller series (Persuader, etc.) flashes back to series hero Jack Reacher's days in the military police. It's New Year's Eve 1990, the Soviet Union is about to collapse and the military is on tenterhooks, wondering how a changed globe will affect budgets and unit strengths, when the body of a two-star general is found in a motel near Fort Bird, N.C. Investigating is Reacher, 29, an MP major who's just been transferred from Panama-one of dozens of top MPs swapped into new posts on the same day, he later learns. Missing from the general's effects is a briefcase that, it's also revealed later, contained an agenda for a secret meeting of army honchos connected to an armored division. Then the general's wife is found bludgeoned to death at home and, soon after, a third body surfaces, of a slain gay Delta Force soldier whose murder contains clues pointing to Reacher as culprit. With Summer, a young black female lieutenant MP at his side (and, eventually, in his bed), Reacher digs deep, in his usual brilliant and violent way, butting against villainous superior officers, part of a grand conspiracy, as well as against members of Delta Force who think that Reacher killed their colleague. Unlike recent Reacher tales, the novel is as much mystery as thriller, as Reacher and Summer sift for and put together clues, but the tension is nonstop. There's a strong personal element as well, involving Reacher's relationship with his brother and dying mother, which will make the novel of particular interest to longstanding fans of the series. Textured, swift and told in Reacher's inimitably tough voice, this title will hit lists and will convince those who still need convincing that Child has few peers in thrillerdom. Agent, Darley Anderson. (May 11) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Military cop Jack Reacher faces a case that will change his life. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"'Exciting stuff, with a narrative that rarely lets up...A distinct
cut above your average airport thriller.'"
"'A more intricate plot, which makes another enjoyable read in this first-rate series.'"
"'Lee Child fans will love this prequel to the best-selling Jack Reacher novels. At last Child shares the events that shaped the maverick hero of his last six novels into an ass-kicking, irreverent good guy. If you're one of the few people who haven't sampled the sublime thrill of a Child novel, this blast from the past is the best place to start.'"
"'Slick, pacy period piece from one of the UK's most successful thriller writers ... Makes you glad national service is a thing of the past.'"
"'The thing about Lee Child's books is that you can't put the damn things down...there's just something about his writing that's addictive. The Enemy is no exception....Conclusion: Superb.' "