Review: Worth Dying For – Lee Child

4 of 5 stars

Series: Jack Reacher 15

My version: Paperback
Fiction Thriller
Bantam Books

There’s deadly trouble in the wilds of Nebraska.

…and Reacher walks right into it. He falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing eight-year-old girl, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go.

Reacher – bruised and battered – should have just kept on going. But for Reacher, that was impossible.

What, in this fearful rural county, would be worth dying for?

Well, yes, we’re once again (again) in Nowhere, USA. Where, as I’ve said many times before, anything goes. On both sides of the law. Great for an author to have his characters and plot do just about anything he wants, with out that pesky realism poking its head in.

And, everywhere’s all covered in snow. Again. I think. I say ‘I think’ because it’s a bit hard to remember this one. Not that it was that bad, it was entertaining enough, but it is another couple of yards of Reacher being Reacher and getting all wound up about nothing much. Though the story of the missing child is a good invention on Lee Child’s part, and it even has Reacher going – well at least mentally – weak at the knees. The last few books have had Reacher wandering through Trump country. And though these books are written before 2016, more than one character will have seeing why they elected the shaved Orang-Utan.

I don’t go with the cover talk of “impossible to start without finishing,” I’m afraid, it wasn’t that compulsive. Not as over drawn-out as some, but he really could shave (at least) a hundred pages off this, and many of the others, and have a much tighter story and a more thrilling book. Good, not great.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Worth Dying For – Lee Child

    1. I’ve got a book here somewhere, that claims a ‘Lee Child’ is sold every four seconds, the world over. There are thousands of different covers to all his stuff. The US ones are uniformly dreadful, these re-prints are much better. I think they do it so it’s easy to print in large numbers. Not too complicated, nothing can go wrong. But I’m guessing. You look at the Vince Flynn ‘Mitch Rapp’ covers, deliberately similar, so it sells.


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