Lee Child has had his readers biting their fingernails even more insistently than usual since his last novel. HereÂ’s the new book, Worth Dying For, with the tough Mr Reacher alive and kicking, and more than ready for another helping of pulse-raising action.
Initially, we are not told how Jack Reacher survived the seemingly-terminal events of the last book, as he makes his way south to an unwelcoming art of Nebraska in the dead of winter. He fetches up in a town in the grip of the powerful, manipulative Duncan family, and the cowed townspeople have no fight left in them.
In a sleazy hotel, he encounters the townÂ’s alcoholic doctor, and the two end up driving to a house where they come across a grim case of domestic violence. And Child admirers wonÂ’t be surprised to learn that JackÂ’s life is soon on the line -- as usual. The stage is set for violent confrontation.