Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Worth Dying For

This story follows on directly from 61 Hours, and is just as intriguing. It does explain how Reacher, the main character, manages to escape during the final moments of 61 Hours, but other than that, it is not really a sequel.

The story here is much different and involves a mafia-like family, the Duncans, who run a trucking business in Nebraska, and hold the monopoly in the county for transporting harvests. They also have mafia-like connections that lead them to transport other mysterious goods for a high price.

There is also the mystery of a girl who disappeared twenty five years earlier from the town. Can Reacher work out what happened to her? Were the Duncans involved?

Reacher has an overwhelming need to right the wrongs wherever he travels; where he finds a problem he sees it as his duty to sort it out. And he does.

This is a fast-paced book, with a lot of action. Chases, guns, car-stealing, fights and fires. In the final chapters, there is a jaw-dropping moment when you realise what the ‘mysterious goods’ are, and it all comes together brilliantly.

I noticed there were some similarities to the Stieg Larsson books in some of the characters, settings and strategies, but this is a much easier book to read. I can’t wait to go back to some of Child’s previous books to read Reacher’s earlier adventures!

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  1. This sounds goo d- thanks for the review :)

  2. i bought Kelvin this one for Christmas and he had it read before the end of the day...he loves Lee Child and has read all his books....
    if you like his books and the mystery crime and intrigue type books you will also like these authors... Harlan Cobern, Micheal Connolly and David Baldacci

  3. Thanks for the recommendations! I've seen those names before and thought they might be good, but one of my New Year's Resolutions is not to buy anymore books and actually read the ones I've got!! I'll get mum to keep an eye out for them in her thrift shop, then they'll only cost a $1 or so! xx

  4. if you get friendly with the person who runs the secondhand book shop and ask nicely for any of those author and get him/her to save them for you then you will get them at a 1/4 of the cost ...thats what we do...(it does help that our secondhand bookshop lady went to school with our daughter i must say!!!..but worth a try)