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Mystery Books - Lee Child - Nothing To Lose - A Jack Reacher Novel

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Dell; Reprint edition (March 24, 2009)
544 pages


Nothing  To Lose is a good read – Reacher novels usually are – but it is not up to snuff. It is proof that Child has also continued on the path where Reacher solves a woman’s problems (regardless of how complicated they may be) by rolling them in the hay. When you put aside the “romantic” entanglements of Jack Reacher you are still left with a very quick paced read that will have you staying up late to finish just one more chapter.

The result of yet another of Reacher’s spur of the moment decisions he finds himself travelling through and between the city of Hope and the city of Despair, Colorado. As a former military police officer traveling through the big bad world it is of course inevitable that Reacher find an anomalous situation which begs his attention. The beauty of the Reacher character is the frequent believability of his situations but such is not the case with Nothing To Lose though it does not have an adverse effect on making Nothing To Lose a good read.

Nothing To Lose delivers most of what a Jack Reacher fan has come to expect from this series of action/adventure/mystery novels. Lee Child keeps a crisp and even pace throughout every chapter with the only lulls being the “love” scenes between Reacher and the female character in the novel who needs psychic healing via Reacher’s penis and his polemics.  

There are a few moments  of complete lack of Reacher believability (Reacher being Reacher) one is when Reacher describes the Canadian Army as three guys with a dog. A life time MP who had travelled all over the world would not describe the military that has been holding fort for the U.S.A. in Afghanistan since 2002 losing (as of writing) 118 servicemen in the process. That one note rang so false as to make me wonder if the author was just lazy or has a political agenda that has nothing to do with his fiction. It would be nice if it was just being lazy – an action, adventure and mystery writer who lets politics take over their work is of little use to anyone (witness the decline of Michael Crichton before his death). Reacher’s take on war, the industry of war and deserters seems out of character but more importantly it adds nothing to the story. It could be that Reacher is growing as a character but I would rather he did his growing on his own time.

Denis Bernicky

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

Bad Luck and Trouble - A Jack Reacher Novel: Do not mess with the special investigators takes on a whole new meaning when Calvin Franz turns up dead and Jack Reacher takes on the case.

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.

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.

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