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Reacher aspires to exocise old demons,
This review is from: Persuader (Jack Reacher, No. 7) (Mass Market Paperback)
Sauntering around the streets of Boston, ex-Army M.P. Jack Reacher inadvertantly encounters a ghost from his past. Francis Xavier Quinn, ex-Army lieutenant colonel based in intelligence had been caught treasonously selling military secrets to Syria in a Reacher orchestrated investigation. The arrest went sour, exacting a huge emotional toll on Reacher. An enraged Reacher mistakenly thought that he had dispatched Quinn with two gunshots to the head causing him to fall off a cliff into the Pacific. This chance meeting proved that to be incorrect.
Reacher calling in a favor from an old Army buddy, caused the raising of red flags when he asked for a license plate
check on Quinn's vehicle. A DEA team led by Agent Susan Duffy was in the midst of a sting against Zachary Beck, a reluctantly coerced underboss of Quinn. Beck a rug dealer was purported to be a drug kingpin. The team had already lost an agent, Teresa Daniel, working undercover at the Beck estate. The DEA convinced Reacher to work with them to help find Daniel, bust Beck and take down Quinn.
They staged a kidnapping of Beck's son Richard in which Reacher
rescued the boy and delivered him to the Beck compound situated on a remote Maine peninsula. Reacher gradually gained the confidence of Beck and became part of his security team. Part of that team was a Quinn crony named Paulie, a steroid muscled 400 pound gargantuan with a fricasseed deviant brain, placed there to keep Beck in line. All the while, Reacher working with the DEA team was plotting a scheme to savor the sweet taste of vengeance against the hated Quinn.
Having read all of Child's Jack Reacher series of thrillers, it's safe to say that I'm a huge fan of this talented author. Persuader definitely ranks among his best.