The ultimate loner.
An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he’s moved from place to place…without family…without possessions…without commitments.
And without fear. Which is good, because trouble—big, violent, complicated trouble—finds Reacher wherever he goes. And when trouble finds him, Reacher does not quit, not once…not ever.
But some unfinished business has now found Reacher. And Reacher is a man who hates unfinished business.
Ten years ago, a key investigation went sour and someone got away with murder. Now a chance encounter brings it all back. Now Reacher sees his one last shot. Some would call it vengeance. Some would call it redemption. Reacher would call it…justice.
--Persuader by Lee Child, Copyright ©2003 by Lee Child, published by Delacorte Books
Reacher’s back and this time, he’s in the right place at the right time to save a young college student from a kidnapping. He and the boy, Richard Beck, get away, but not before Reacher kills a cop.
A couple weeks earlier, Reacher was in Boston where he saw a dead man named Quinn. At least, he was supposed to be dead. He knows Quinn is supposed to be dead because Reacher was the one that killed him. Guess he missed. In trying to trace Quinn, he comes to the attention of the DEA, specifically Agent Susan Duffy and her team. It seems Quinn—or whatever his name is now—and his possible partner Zachary Beck, Richard’s father, are being watched by the DEA. Reacher wants Quinn, the DEA wants Beck. They team up and devise a scheme to get Reacher in to the Beck estate. Hence, the faked kidnapping.
Oh, and did I mention that Duffy and her team are not officially on the Beck case? Seems Duffy made a big mistake, so she and her team were removed from the Beck case. But they have a missing agent, Theresa Daniels, and they’re determined to get her back, no matter what the cost.
So Reacher’s in and he’s learning as much as he can about Beck’s rug importing business. The rugs, they figure, are a great way to stash incoming drugs, but in searching a shipment, they find nothing. Not even a hint of drugs. So what’s going on?
Meanwhile, it’s obvious Beck’s into some serious dirty dealings as Reacher is recruited to help get rid of a body at the Beck estate, and later on, several more. The house is on the Maine coast and there’s a strong rip tide where “bodies go in and they never come back.” One of the bodies is of the house maid, whom Reacher later finds out was a government agent. But Duffy and her people can’t find any trace of her. Who was she? And who else is after Beck?
Reacher begins to gain Beck’s trust and works his way up in the “organization.” In the process, he learns exactly what Beck and Quinn are into and figures he knows how to take out Quinn and hand Beck over to the DEA. But things never go exactly as planned and before it’s all over, Reacher finds himself within a hair’s breath of “going in and never coming back.”
Another excellent read by Lee Child, and the first one he’s written in first person. At first, I was a little bothered by this but quickly found that I like being a little deeper inside Jack Reacher’s head. It’s an interesting place to be…
** EDIT **
Um...I was wrong. This wasn't the first first-person novel. The very first book, Killing Floor was the first first-person novel...sorry!
I give this story FOUR STARS.