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If Without Fail lacks the emotional urgency of Lee Child's previous novel, Echo Burning, it still barely lets the reader catch a decent breath between plot crests. Jack and his fetching yet formidable colleague, Frances Neagley, must figure out how warning letters to Armstrong are being delivered into the Secret Service sanctum, whether the senator is at risk because of something political or personal, and who staged the demonstration murders of two innocent men also named Armstrong, first initial B. Unfortunately, a few twists (including the source of a thumbprint applied to the threats against Armstrong) can be figured out in advance, and the story is light on character development. A tiny breach in Reacher's reclusive carapace opens as Froelich transfers the love she once felt for his brother toward him, and there are suggestions that Neagley may have depths of feeling just waiting to be plumbed. However, other players are mere ciphers--the sacrificial victims of an action-oriented yarn. --J. Kingston Pierce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Any Reacher tale that includes Neagley is a worthy read. The story that needs to be read is what happened to turn her into the distaff version of Reacher.Published 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
The Great character is there and yet he changes a little each book. Great reading.Published 4 months ago by Carol Moore
This was my eighth or nineth read of Child's Jack Reacher series. Had Without Fail been the first one I read, I probably would not have continued. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Richard Raft
You really can't go wrong with a 'Jack Reacher' book. This is intriguing from page one as all of Lee Child's books are. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Clair
I love Lee Child because his novels have the unique ability to keep me turning pages and not realizing where the time has gone. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J Reader
as usual a fairly realistic story but lots of suspense and drama.Good picks of characters and landscapes.Excellent read as usual.Published 14 months ago by James Cain