My Review of One Shot by Lee Child (a Jack Reacher story)
One Shot, by Lee Child, started out slowly, building up to when Jack Reacher arrives on the scene. In fact, after reading several pages I wondered if it was a Reacher novel, but when I skipped ahead a few more chapters his name showed up.
So I settled back to build up my anticipation, reading about the crime that shook the medium-sized midwestern town, the criminal investigation, the killer’s misfortune in the county jail he was being held in and his subsequent trip to the hospital, the prosecutor’s building his case, the defense attorney excusing himself from defending the killer after he ends up in the hospital in a coma, the sister of the man accused of the crime finding another defense attorney (see, it was a long time before Jack Reacher came on board).
Anyway, once he does the roller coaster ride of a story never slows and certainly doesn’t stop. Lee Child paints a complex, sometimes gruesome, always entertaining story with twists and turns you never expect right to the very end of the book. As always, Jack gets his man, or men, and the wronged person is helped/saved.
This story could have happened in my town, or in any midwestern mid-sized town. The characters were so life-like, the crime so shocking, the reason behind it so normal in that it was all about the money and corruption. Child writes a believable story with a super-human hero in that he always knows exactly what to do and what others are going to do before they do it. It’s fun reading. Will I purchase another Jack Reacher novel – you betcha!
And, as always, Jack Reacher rides off into the sunset immediately after the police arrest the right person and before anyone can thank him or pay him. Classic!