Tripwire, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the new blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise.

For Jack Reacher being invisible has become a habit.

He spends his days digging swimming pools by hand and his nights as the bouncer in the local strip club in the Florida Keys.

He doesn't want to be found. But someone has sent a private detective to seek him out.

Then Reacher finds the guy beaten to death with his fingertips sliced off.

It's time to head north and work out who is trying to find him and why.




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Jack Reacher helps the daughter of an old army friend, Jodie Garber. He finds that someone is attempting to kill her.In New York, Hook Hobie is terrorizing a corporate CEO. The executive's fear is so great that he agrees to turn over all of his money to Hobie.Reacher and Jodie learn that her father was helping an elderly couple, the Hobie's search for their son, Victor. Victor was a helicopter pilot who disappeared in his second tour of Vietnam. They feel he should be declared a MIA and his name place on the Vietnam memorial.Events follow the two plot lines. The tension is excellent and the plotting well done.Lee Child has written an excellent thriller. The cat and mouse game played by Hobie and Reacher is well played out and realistic. There are some wll placed surprises in this highly entertaining novel.

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"Tripwire" is Lee Child's third novel in the Jack Reacher series, after "Killing Floor" and "Die Trying". It is a worthy companion to the first two books in the series.This time we find Reacher in the Florida Keys, digging pools by hand during the day and working as a bouncer in a strip club at night. One day a private eye walks into the bar looking for him; a few hours later he finds the guy dead in the street. So he goes to New York to find out why this guy was looking for him. The trail leads him to the house of his former commander and mentor in the military, Leon Garber, where he walks in on Garber's funeral. He meets the daughter, Jodie, a Wall Street lawyer whom he remembers from when she was a teenager. (Jodie, needless to say, is blond and fit - a recurring theme in Child's novels). Reacher and Jodie embark on a journey to find out why Leon was looking for Reacher.Jodie and Reacher find out that Leon was trying to help a couple who were looking for their son, missing in action during the Vietnam war. From here the story moves into high gear. On the 88th floor of the World Trade Center (this novel was written before 9/11) sits a guy called Hook Hobie, apparently the long-lost son. Half of his face is burnt into a grotesque image and one of his hands is a hook. Hobie is weaving an intricate plot to get control of some real estate, but his time is running out. Things are in motion in Hawaii and in Vietnam, and Hobie cannot afford for this things to unravel before making his exit.Who exactly is Hobie and how he's connected to the elderly couple gets revealed only towards the end of this gripping thriller. Child proves again that he is a master in creating a complex plot that keeps the reader guessing almost until the end.

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Glossed fleetingly over the tortuous bits, which were rather detailed, but still a cracking read. Love Jack Reacher. This story revealed quite a bit more about him, his weaknesses, insecurities as well as his strengths. I'm rather disappointed, though, that there were a few loose ends, that needed to be tied up at the end. What happened to? was?........

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