The first time I read Lee Child, I fell in love with him instantly. I list down all his books by sequence and fortunate for me that the first book I read was indeed the first book on the list of Jack Reacher’s series, which was The Enemy.
Even though The Enemy was not yet published until 2004, and Child already published several books before, but it is the first book one should read if you want to know Jack Reacher.
The Enemy took place in the last hours of 1989 and early 1990. At the time, Reacher who was still Military Police was asked to investigate the death of a two-star Army General Ken Kramer. The Enemy also introduced us to his brother, Joe who spent 5 years in Army Military Intelligence before joining the Treasury Dept. and his French mother, Josephine Moutier Reacher, where somewhere after the middle of the book she died at the age of 60.
Since it is quite rare for me to find Lee Child’s (second hand) books in Malaysia, I started his second book not following the sequence, which was Bad Luck and Trouble.
Below are the synopsis I copied from Wikipedia.
Reacher is content with his choice of being a loner, a wanderer and being almost impossible to find. But someone makes a small anonymous deposit into his bank account, which triggers Reacher’s fixation for math and his investigative instincts. Reacher finds out the deposit is a signal only the eight former members of his elite team of army investigators would know. Obsessed with math like Reacher, Frances Neagley locates him because of the brutal death of a one of their own. They race to reunite with the survivors of their old team and raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that grows more complex with more murders. With tortured murders and lives at stake of those Reacher considers family, his usual emotionless demeanor breaks and he says of the killers, “They are dead men walking.” The team falls into their old roles and routines with ease, their motto still their sacred rule: You do not mess with the Special Investigators. From Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Reacher gets his old investigations unit back together to get to the bottom of what’s going on.
The third book would be Gone Tomorrow.
Reacher takes the subway late at night, and routinely checks his fellow passengers. Four are okay, but the fifth is not. Checking against his mental list for suicide bombers, he comes to the conclusion that the fifth is one too. He is puzzled with her choice of timing and place, as it is not crowded; on the contrary the subway was exceedingly empty. He reasons with her, but she shoots herself; thereby proving Reacher wrong when he concluded she was a bomber. He is determined to discover why she killed herself and soon uncovers a massive conspiracy stretching from California to New York City to even Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation of that country.
The fourth book and recently read was 61 Hours.
In South Dakota, a tourist bus crashes during a savage snow storm with Jack Reacher in it. Jack gets caught up in a hunt for a murderer and the protection of a key witness. Meanwhile, a link to Reacher’s past comes to his aid and brings a path to redemption.
In 61 Hours, Reacher was described as a smart guy, who sees things five seconds before the rest of the world and has the ability to guess time accurately.
Child love to make sentences such as, “The surrounding land was white and frozen and flat and silent.” or “But Peterson’s cruiser was warm and safe and solid.
Others such as, “He felt it in his gut, his ribs, his legs, his ass, his eyes, his lungs.” or “Mrs. Salter, presumably. The retired teacher. The librarian. The witness.” and “She was more than seventy years old, for sure, grey-haired, not tall, not short, not fat, not thin..”
You have to read it carefully, for he pictured one situation or a place or a thing or a somebody really in details. Despite all that, I still love him.
All I have left to read in my collections are Nothing To Lose and Persuader. Sure will enjoy myself.