Review: Nothing to Lose – Lee Child

3 of 5 stars

Series: Jack Reacher 12

My version: Paperback
Fiction Crime, thriller
Bantam Books
2008
Bought

From Hope to Despair.

Two small towns in Colorado, between them nothing but twelve miles of empty road. All Jack Reacher wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets are four redneck deputies, a vagrancy charge and a trip back to the county line.

Reacher doesn’t like being kicked out of town. He has no job, no address, no baggage. Nothing, except bloody-minded curiosity. And once he finds a little thread to pull, a shocking conspiracy starts to unravel…

Getting a little, erm…weary, of the no-name, no rules, little town in the middle of nowhere, USA line, aren’t you?

Personally, I don’t do the middle of nowhere USA stuff. Where, as you and I know, anything goes. It’s been done too many times before, and I’ve moaned about it too many times before. I start one like this and think “here we go, again…” Really, stories set here; first; I could write the synopsis myself. Second; I shouldn’t be able to. Third; it’s so divorced from reality (you know it is), that it might as well be under ‘Fantasy’ rather than thriller. Lee Child has done it before with Reacher. So why is he doing it again? Why isn’t he following his own advice to Never Go Back? Running out of ideas? Not a good sign for him. Or me, as I’m only about half way through the (available as of now) 20-odd books he’s put out. So why again? Got to ask if there’s another purpose other than just give Reacher the chance to beat people up.

There is some environmental stuff, some love interest, some skulking and some skull-duggery. There’s some beating up of bad guys and if you can keep your mind on it, it’s not too badly put together. Maybe better than the sum of the parts.

I don’t like this sort of fantasy. So I generally plow straight through as quickly as possible. As here.

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