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Make Me (Hardcover)
Of late, the Jack Reacher books have been found to be, well, uneven. Customers still grouse about the ending of 61 Hours. Most agreed that with The Affair, the stories recovered their believability. I thought the last one, Personal, had an ending that didn't work and began to wonder if it was time to stop reading Reacher.
I'm happy to report that that concern was unwarranted. Lee Child's 20th Reacher thriller, Make Me, is back to being top notch. From the start, it crackles with dangerous energy and momentum. There's not much I can tell you about the plot - don't want to ruin it for you - it begins as most Reacher tales do, innocuously, with Reacher getting off a train in the middle of Oklahoma wheatfields because he's curious about the name of the town at which the Chicago-bound train stops... and we're off.
As always, we're treated to Reacher's incontrovertable logic and his ability to see moves ahead of his opponents. From the start he meets a woman who has a problem and solving that problem will take them to Chicago, LA, the Bay area, and back to the empty flats of the wheat fields. Except it isn't empty, is it - it's jammed with evil and horrors.
There's a significant difference to this entry in the series, though. For a chunk of the book, Reacher is hurt, his effectiveness dangerously compromised. And, for the first time in the series, Reacher doesn't ride off into the sunset alone. Jack, it appears, is smitten!
So if you've wondered if the series still had traction or impact, or thrills, don't worry. Make Me is among the best of the Reachers. #20 and counting.
Bring it on.— JB
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LOS ANGELES TIMES, THE GUARDIAN, AND SUSPENSE MAGAZINE - Stephen King calls Jack Reacher -the coolest continuing series character---and now he's back in this masterly new thriller from Lee Child.
-Why is this town called Mother's Rest?- That's all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It's a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.
Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, and there's something about Chang . . . so he teams up with her and starts to ask around. He thinks: How bad can this thing be? But before long he's plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and through the hidden parts of the internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way--right back to where he started, in Mother's Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine.
Walking away would have been easier. But as always, Reacher's rule is: If you want me to stop, you're going to have to make me.
Praise for Make Me
-Child's Reacher series has hit Book No. 20 with a resounding peal of wisecracking glee. Everything about it, starting with Reacher's nose for bad news, is as strong as ever. . . . The big guy's definitely on the upswing. The guy who writes about him is too.---Janet Maslin, The New York Times
-Another winner . . . There's a reason why Child is considered the best of the best in the thriller genre: He can take all these strange elements and cliches and make them compelling and original.---Associated Press
-A superb thriller.---New York Daily News
-Child's complete command of the story makes this thriller work brilliantly.---Publishers Weekly (starred review)
-I've read all twenty of Lee Child's novels. Maybe there's something wrong with me. But I can't wait for the twenty-first.---Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker
- The Reacher series] is the current gold standard in the genre. . . . In Make Me Lee Child delivers another Jack Reacher specialty; the total knockout.---Dayton Daily News
-Child serves up wingding plots, pithy dialogue, extraordinary background on intriguing topics, and cunningly constructed suspense. But what keeps us coming back--by the millions--is the chance to walk around in the skin of that big guy in the middle of everything.---The Oregonian
-A dark thriller . . . Lee Child's Make Me, the twentieth in his wildly popular Jack Reacher series, delivers exactly what readers have come to expect from the perennial bestselling author: interesting characters, tight plots and page-turning action. . . . Readers won't be disappointed.---Minneapolis Star Tribune
-Jack Reacher is back. . . . Readers new to this series will find this book a good starting point, and fans will be pleased to see Jack again.---LibraryReads (Top Ten Pick)
-The reigning champ ups the ante.---Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
Lee Child is the author of twenty New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, eleven of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures; the first, Jack Reacher, was based on One Shot. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in almost a hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.