About the author:
Lee Child is the nom-de-plume of British thriller writer Jim Grant. Child’s novels follow the adventures of an American military cop Jack Reacher who is a wanderer.
Cover and blurb:
A guy, possibly Reacher, at a checkpost, entering some high security area, that’s what the cover impression was. When I find that that indeed is the case, and he’s actually back in his old department, and he’s accused of a sixteen year old homicide, the tone is set for Lee Child to make his thriller.
My thoughts on the book:
If you have read Jack Reacher, and know his character, then you’d know he is a wanderer and usually has a fling with one woman in his books. You’d also know that he doesn’t go back to the same place. So when the premise of one Jack Reacher thriller is set with him going back to the headquarters of his old unit, you know something is up. Sure enough, he’s there to meet the current commanding officer Susan Turner. Unfortunately, he finds that she’s not there. Instead, it’s a burly looking Colonel who tells him that he’s being accused of a sixteen year old murder, and there is another case also. To add to the thrill factor, Reacher is pulled back into the army, made a Major again. Susan Turner meanwhile has been arrested for some other case, and is being held in high security.
Reacher, being Reacher, feels the injustice meted out and wants to right the wrong (as always). He finds an ally in a nice sergeant, and puts his thinking cap on. He breaks out of prison, breaks Turner out too, and from there on, it’s the good guys (Turner and Reacher) against the villains (commanded by voices known only as Romeo and Juliet).
I don’t know if this is the best Jack Reacher thriller yet, but it most certainly ranks right up there with his best. You want to turn the pages, want to know what lies ahead, and want to know what the unpredictable Reacher will get up to next. The book is a large one compared to his other books, but the size doesn’t affect the pace or the curiosity. His character is as interesting with him in the army, as it is when he is out of it. His arrogant and confident character is shown brilliantly, and yes, there’s that romancer part as well. Even the emotional angle shown to Reacher felt nice. I think only the ending felt oddly out of place. It felt uncharacteristic. I wish it had ended in some other way, and kept the pace it had before.
I wait for the next instalment of the series now, and go back and read the ones I’ve missed.
Title: Never Go Back
Author: Lee Child
Series: Jack Reacher #18
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publishers: Bantam Press
Price: INR. 599
(Sept 9th, 2013)