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!