Monday, April 7, 2014

THE ENEMY


"I said nothing."


I finished reading THE ENEMY by Lee Child last night. It's the eighth Jack Reacher novel and I'm slowly but surely working my through all of these terrific novels. I've read eleven Reacher adventures so far and I've enjoyed each and every one of them.

THE ENEMY takes place in 1990, during Reacher's career as a military police special investigator in the U.S. Army. It's New Year's Day, 1990 and an Army general is found dead in a seedy motel room. His briefcase and contents, the agenda for a secret meeting of the general and two other top ranking officers, is missing. Before you know it, the general's wife is found dead in her home. Next, a special forces member is murdered on the base where Reacher has been suddenly and mysteriously re-assigned, followed by the murder of a special forces officer in another city. What is the thread that ties these deaths together? Reacher, along with the very able (and attractive) Lt. Summer race against the clock to solve the crimes. Their investigation takes them from the east coast of the U.S. to Germany and back and then to an explosive climax in the California desert where Reacher squares off against one of the murderers. Oh, yeah, and a tank battalion.

Reacher, all six-feet five inches and 250 pounds of him, narrates this untold tale of his Army days. It's standard Reacher stuff. He's as tough and taciturn as Clint Eastwood and he has the deductive abilities of Sherlock Holmes. THE ENEMY is a straight ahead murder mystery involving a military coup that will keep you turning the pages as only Lee Child can. If you've never read a Reacher novel, THE ENEMY is a good place to start as it provides a lot of detail about Reacher, his family and his career in the military.

Highly recommended. 

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