Bad Luck and Trouble is a great title and it describes exactly the situation Jack Reacher walks into after discovering more money in his bank account than is supposed to be there. Things get worse when he finds out that one of the men who used to be under his command has been mysteriously found in the middle of the desert with every bone in his body broken. As Reacher novels go this eleventh installment in the series measures up nicely with everything you would expect from Reacher.
There are times when Reacher's seeming ability to have any female who comes within arms length swoon into his bed for a good old fashioned no commitment romp in the hay just gets tiresome. Aside from the obvious consistency of character there simply is no reason to continue this kind of latter day Travis McGee behaviour especially when it add nothing to the story. Lee Child is a gifted thriller writer who has a great character in Jack Reacher and has a fantastic story in Bad Luck and Trouble. When the very best crew the Army 110th Military Intelligence Battalion has ever seen start turning up dead the old crew reunites to try and find out what is happening.
The stand out feature of Bad Luck and Trouble is that it is essentially a murder mystery. Reacher novels tend to be a little less on the mystery side and a little more on the action adventure side than Bad Luck and Trouble. Child doesn't skimp on the action part though and brings into the story early on the female reflection to Jack Reacher – Frances Neagley. The reassembled special investigators unit is the picture of civilian success and making it in the world where Reacher has steadfastly refused to participate. Reacher's minor descent into self reflection is enough to convince the reader that he does occasionally wonder how the rest of the world lives and what it would be like without gelding the character.
Of note in this post 9/11 world are the changes that Reacher has had to make to his banking and travel that he never had to deal with previously. Curiously while it may make some feel secure to know that there are so many checks in the system these days it will make others wonder just how much of their lives is being tracked and by whom.
In short Bad Luck and Trouble is a great addition to the Reacher series and definitely worth picking up.
Other Lee Child Reviews
Running Blind - A Jack Reacher Novel: When Jack Reacher inadvertently draws the F.B.I.s attention while dispensing his own brand of justice he finds himself a suspect in an ongoing F.B.I. investigation that he must either solve or resign himself to prison.
Without Fail - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher takes the job to kill the Vice-President of the United States - kind of.
One Shot - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher investigates a sniper shooting in which a former Army sniper is accused of being the sniper. All the evidence is there but something is not quite right.
Tripwire - A Jack Reacher Novel: When a private eye finds Reacher in Key West then suddenly turns up dead Reacher becomes interested in why the man was looking for him in the first place.
The Enemy - A Jack Reacher Novel: When a two star general from Amoured division dies in a seedy motel almost 300 miles from where he ought to be Jack Reacher gets the call to look into things.
Persuader - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher finds himself chasing a ghost and living with one of the biggest dealers on the eastern seaboard while doing the scut work for the DEA.
The Hard Way - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher helps find the kidnapped wife and child of a mercenary
Killing Floor - A Jack Reacher Novel: When Jack Reacher wanders into the town of Margrave he is quickly arrested on suspicion of murdered and the strength of an unimpeachable eyewitness.
Nothing To Lose - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher finds himself moving between Hope and Despair while trying to figure out why he is being kicked out of the township of Despair Colorado.
61 Hours - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher is trapped in a small town under lockdown and snowed in while a drug lord makes arrangements to kill a witness.
Gone Tomorrow - A Jack Reacher Novel: Reacher thinks he is dealing with a suicide bomber on a train but he is only half right and comes up against an enemy as strong and clever as he is.
Worth Dying For - A Jack Reacher Novel: It is the Duncan s versus Jack Reacher in the middle of a Nebraska county they control with an iron fist. It is irresistible force meets immovable object.
Echo Burning - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher is wandering through Texas and gets picked up by a beautiful woman looking to hire a killer.
The Affair - A Jack Reacher Novel: Still with the 110th Jack Reacher is sent undercover to Carters Crossing to investigate the death of a local woman that may have met her fate at the hands of a soldier.