Persuader by Lee Child

Persuader by Lee Child

Genre: Suspense
Series: #7 in the Jack Reacher series
Publisher: Dell
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 468
Source: Purchased

The Short Version:
Reacher joins an off the books undercover operation for a DEA team that may have ties to an old investigation gone wrong.

Why I Read It:
Because Jack Reacher is awesome. Also The Hubster is two books ahead of me in this series and I cannot allow that to continue.

The Book:
From the publisher:

Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he’s moved from place to place…without family…without possessions…without commitments. And without fear. Which is good, because trouble—big, violent, complicated trouble—finds Reacher wherever he goes. And when trouble finds him, Reacher does not quit, not once…not ever. But some unfinished business has now found Reacher. And Reacher is a man who hates unfinished business.

Ten years ago, a key investigation went sour and someone got away with murder. Now a chance encounter brings it all back. Now Reacher sees his one last shot. Some would call it vengeance. Some would call it redemption. Reacher would call it…justice.

My Thoughts:
How can I have let 4 years go by since I last read a Jack Reacher book? I cannot let that happen again. This has been sitting on my shelf and even though The Hubster has read two more of the series than I have I just haven’t picked this one up. I’m so glad I grabbed it for my vacation reading stack.

I love me some Jack Reacher! This one was all the things I like about these books. Plenty of action, plenty of surprises and twists and Reacher kicking ass.

I liked the way that the present day story was interspersed with the events from ten years earlier. Reacher is up against some seriously bad guys in this one. I enjoyed the fact that Reacher wasn’t the only one ‘off the books’. It was good to see him working with the DEA agents but at the same time it felt right that they were all operating unofficially.

It was probably good that it had been a while since I read any of this series. As with most series, they can be a bit formulaic so reading too many of them too close together probably wouldn’t work well. The break was good and after reading two or three more I’ll probably be ready for another break but in the meantime I’m having a blast being back with Jack Reacher again.

4 stars Rating 4/5