- Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (March 30 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440241006
- ISBN-13: 978-0440241003
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.7 x 17.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 96 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,092,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Persuader (Jack Reacher, No. 7) Mass Market Paperback – Mar 30 2004
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Jack Reacher, the taciturn ex-MP whose adventures in Lee Child's six previous solidly plotted, expertly paced thrillers have won a devoted fan base, returns in this explosive tale of an undercover operation set up by the FBI to rescue an agent investigating Zachary Beck, a reclusive tycoon believed to be a kingpin in the drug trade. The novel begins with a bang as Reacher rescues Beck's son from a staged kidnapping in order to get close to his father--and trace the connection between Beck and Quinn, a former army intelligence officer who tried to sell blueprints of a secret weapon to Iraq but was murdered before he could pull it off. Or so Reacher thinks, until he spots Quinn in the crowd at a concert in Boston. As usual, Child ratchets up the tension and keeps the reader in suspense until the last page, although his enigmatic hero hardly ever seems to break a sweat. In the tough guy tradition, Reacher and his creator are overdue for a breakout, and this muscular, well-written mystery might be the one. --Jane Adams --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
From Publishers Weekly
The promo copy on the ARC of Child's new thriller proclaims, "We dare to make this claim: Lee Child is the best thriller writer you're probably not reading-yet." Hopefully the "six-figure" marketing campaign promised by Child's new publisher will make that statement obsolete, because readers will be hard-pressed to find a more engaging thriller this spring season. Child is a master of storytelling skills, not least the plot twist, and the opening chapter of this novel spins a doozy, as a high-octane, extremely violent action sequence sees Child hero Jack Reacher rescue a young man, 20-year-old Richard Beck, from an attempted kidnapping before the rug is pulled out from under the reader with the chapter's last line. The rest of the novel centers on the Beck family's isolated, heavily guarded estate on the Maine coast where Reacher takes Richard. Richard's father is suspected by Feds of being a major drug dealer and the kidnapper of another Fed, and also seems to have ties to a fiend who killed Reacher's lady 10 years before, someone Reacher thought he'd killed in turn, in a vengeance slaying. Tension runs high, then extremely high, as Reacher, ingratiating himself with the dealer and hired on as a bodyguard, pokes around the estate, looking for the kidnapped Fed and evading and/or disposing of in-house bad guys as they begin to suspect he's not who he seems. But then little in Child's novels is as it at first seems, and numerous further plot twists spark the story line. What makes the novel really zing, though, is Reacher's narration-a unique mix of the brainy and the brutal, of strategic thinking and explosive action, moral rumination and ruthless force, marking him as one of the most memorable heroes in contemporary thrillerdom. Any thriller fan who has yet to read Lee Child should start now.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
While in Boston, Reacher sees something that makes his blood run cold. In front of his eyes is a dead man walking. Reacher had killed a villain named Quinn ten years earlier. Not only had he shot Quinn in the head, but he also saw the body fall off a cliff. Now, Reacher spots Quinn getting into a chauffeured limousine near Symphony Hall, and that presents Reacher with a big problem. How did his nemesis escape death after being shot in the head and then falling off a cliff? More to the point, how can Reacher just go about his business, knowing that his old enemy is alive and well?
Reacher decides to get to Quinn by infiltrating the illegal organization of Zachary Beck, one of Quinn's associates. In the process, Reacher hooks up with federal agents who agree to work with him. They are hoping that Reacher can help them find a female agent who disappeared after going undercover to track Beck's activities.
"Persuader" features one nifty villain, a giant named Paulie who is hopped up on steroids. Punching Paulie is like attacking a brick wall. There is no character development in "Persuader" and none is needed. The book works because Lee Child delivers what the reader wants and expects. As in the old westerns, Jack Reacher is the lone gunman who rides into town to get rid of the bad guys. In a chaotic and unpredictable world, it is nice to know that there is a man who is unafraid of danger and who cannot rest until he gets the job done.
Jack becomes embroiled in an off-the-books undercover operation for personal motives. He's among brutal, untrusting people--with limited ability to communicate with the good guys. Lee Child's plotting is wonderful, and Jack Reacher is more than a macho man. He uses his brain more than his fists and knows his limitations.
I had no problem distinguishing the past from the present--even without italics. The past was fed out in just the proper increments to explain Reacher's present thoughts and actions.
Mr. Child, keep 'em coming!
This story revolves around serendipity. There's a chance meeting where Reacher sees a man who should be dead . . . and Reacher wants him dead. When approached by DEA agents for an illegal penetration of a suspect's operations, Reacher wants in to finish the job he started ten years earlier.
The story revels in the sort of twisted villains, monster guards, pitched battles, and intrigue that make the earliest James Bond books so appealing. As a result, you get gore with a cutting edge of sadism. I don't recall a book about a different type of hero that's so much like Bond in the action. Perhaps You Only Live Twice.