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Mystery Books - Lee Child - Worth Dying For - A Jack Reacher Novel

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Worth Dying For
Lee Child
Dell 2011
544 pages

Worth Dying For finally came across my desk for review. Getting your hands on a new Jack Reacher book is a double edged sword. Once in your hands you have to start reading it but that makes doing anything else problematic. As with most Reacher novels that come into my hands I read the hefty tome in relatively short order. Reacher fans will not be disappointed with the pace and action of this sixteenth novel in the Reacher series.

Most Jack Reacher novels start the same way – Reacher sticking his nose into someone else's business and things getting interesting from there. While the typical start is a convenient method of starting a story it is wearing thin and the best Reacher novels Die Trying and Bad Luck and Trouble started in more interesting fashion.

In Worth Dying For Reacher has ended up in yet another desolate small town. This time Reacher is in Nebraska on his way to Virginia to try and meet up with the new CO of the 110th Military Police Corps. Naturally Reacher runs into a situation uniquely suited to his skill set and his inability to keep to his own business when he sees injustice.

Before long Reacher is butting heads with the Duncan family who run the whole county as their own personal fiefdom. Jack Reacher injured after barely surviving the firestorm of 61 Hours versus some crafty well entrenched strong men with high octane back up from organized crime it more of a contest than Reacher has had to deal with in a long time.

If you don't mind the contrived nature of the story then Worth Dying For is definitely worth getting. It is a classic Reacher story and from start to finish the pace is brisk and easy to follow.

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.

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.

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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