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Tripwire. Lee Child Publisher: Bantam (original 1999; edition 2011)

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Title:Tripwire. Lee Child Publisher: Bantam
Authors:Lee Child
Info:Bantam (2011), Paperback, 544 pages
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Tripwire by Lee Child (1999)

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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 |
I have read or listened to several of the Reacher series, but it struck me while listening to this, the third in the series, that Jack Reacher is an extremely boring person who lives a prosaic, boring life. He seems to have no interests, no love of music or books, or hobbies. He suffers from terminal pseudo-guilt that inevitably gets him sticking his nose into situations fraught with potential violence. One character in this book described him as looking like a “condom overstuffed with walnuts.” He seems to consider that as being “in shape.” He has no family, no ties, no job, no intellectual interests. Geez, the last guy I would want to have a conversation with. Yet girls fawn over him (the author must think women are insipid little creatures.)

Some of the scenes were unnecessarily graphic. We know Hobie is a bad guy; it’s not necessary to beat us over the head with his sadism. The books would be far more satisfying if Reacher used a little more subtlety, more brain,and less brawn. OK, if you like fantasy; I doubt if I’ll read any more. ( )
  ecw0647 | Jul 2, 2015 |
Read enough of these now to say tripwire is one of the best reacher stories. ( )
  dham340 | May 10, 2015 |
I loved this book. This is actually the 5th Reacher book I've read. I kinda wish I'd read this without knowing that there were so many more after this because one of the great features of this book is Reacher's identity crisis -- wondering if he should stop drifting and settle down and wondering if he's lost his edge. It's got a fantastic climax scene, too. My only teeny tiny complaint is that Child leaves a few untied ends. I kinda wish he'd explained what happens to a few of the other characters at the end of the book. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't say anymore than that. Can't wait to read the next one! ( )
  twertz | Apr 23, 2015 |
Books that always end with a 'shoot-em-up' ending always leave me a bit disappointed. ( )
  JosephKing6602 | Jan 20, 2015 |
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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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