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Tripwire by Lee Child

Tripwire (1999)

by Lee Child

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There's a moment when suddenly Jack doesn't seem like Jack anymore - he's actually fallible? But then it is like the author scoffs and says, "heck no! Jack is practically a superhero - like Superman, he can even stop bullets!" There are some hints of torture that verge on being too much, but the novel never slips into gratuitous violence and never loses sight of the human side of the characters. ( )
  tjsjohanna | May 5, 2016 |
This addition to the series while adhering to more of the mystery tones of the series was more devoid of action than the other novels. This book provided deeper insight into Jack Reacher’s Skills that give him the ability to solve problems and mysteries alike. The fight between Reacher and the villain of the novel reached new levels of danger that captivate the mind and promise an intense read. ( )
  DWalton16 | Apr 14, 2016 |
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  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
Another great Jack Reacher book. As with the others (at least the ones I've read), you do not have to have read them in chronological order, which is nice. Lee Child does a great job introducing you to Reacher, whether you've read all or none of the other books. This one also seems far less violent than the others I've read, which is a nice change of pace. Sometimes Reacher seems to do things for the shear violence of it; this isn't the case with "Tripwire.".

Here, Reacher is located by a private investigator, who's been hired by someone Jack doesn't seem to know. But when two other big beefy guys come sniffing around, then the PI is found dead, Reacher feels he's got to figure out who's looking for him and why.

Meanwhile, Victor Hobie, a severely burned Vietnam vet, is busy scamming a business man out of his fortune in New York City.

"Tripwire" was written in 1999 and much of it takes place in the World Trade Center. Also, because it was written then, it's sometimes hard to recall how relatively new the Internet still was, so some of the investigative techniques may seem a little archaic. But that's the fault of the reader (me) and not Child. ( )
  Jarratt | Jan 23, 2016 |
Wow, this is Jack Reacher in love and wondering if he could live a suburban life. Reacher is working as a bouncer in a strip club when a P.I. comes looking for him and before he’s murdered, Reacher learns that a Mrs. Jacobson hired him. It turns out she’s the daughter of his army mentor and he was in love with her 12 years ago but she was too young. Reacher shows up at her father’s funeral and hitmen are out to kill her thinking she knows something her father was involved in. Acting as bodyguard, Reacher delves into her father’s activities before he died to get to the reason for her being a target.

3 stars instead of 4 because of the sadistic violence and cruelty of the villain. ( )
  Kathy89 | Aug 2, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0515143073, Mass Market Paperback)

Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is lying low in Key West, digging up swimming pools by hand. He is not at all pleased when a private detective starts asking questions about him. But when the detective, Costello, turns up dead with his fingertips sliced off, Reacher realizes it is time to move on.

As in Lee Child's two previous thrillers, Die Trying and Killing Floor, Reacher is soon up to his neck in lethal trouble, this time involving a vicious Wall Street manipulator, a mysterious woman (of course), and the livelihood of a whole community. Even the fate of soldiers missing in action in Vietnam is stirred into the brew.

But this is not a book by one of the new breed of U.S. thriller writers. Child prides himself on his ability, as an Englishman, to write American thrillers that are utterly convincing in milieu and toughness of action, without a trace of English sensibility. Tripwire is no exception. Every bit as lean and compulsive as its predecessors, it also builds on the freshest aspect of those books: Reacher may be a tough, epic hero, but he always remains human and vulnerable. --Barry Forshaw

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Former military policeman Major Jack Reacher goes to the rescue of a 30-year-old woman lawyer he last saw when she was 15. She is the daughter of Reacher's late commanding officer and some nasty land swindlers want her dead.

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