Never Go Back

by Lee Child (Ban­tam Press) at www. ama­

Friday - - Leisure -

Jack Reacher is the sort of hero ev­ery­one wants fight­ing their cor­ner. Not only is he tough, he is also happy to set the world to rights and then walk away with­out tak­ing any of the credit.

In Never Go Back, Lee Child’s lat­est fast-paced of­fer­ing, Reacher is forced to delve into his shady past, re­veal­ing the qual­i­ties that make him en­vied by men and adored by women.

Pit­ted against a fresh set of bad­dies and even the army, he is forced to de­fend him­self. Draw­ing on his train­ing, a men­tal tough­ness and a physique honed by hours of ex­er­tion, he al­most sin­gle-hand­edly solves the mys­tery and does his best to en­sure the good guys come out on top.

Along the way there is even a love in­ter­est for a man whose no­madic ex­is­tence means there is lit­tle chance of that sort of thing. To com­pli­cate mat­ters even more, there is also the chance that Reacher’s walk­a­way past might be catch­ing up with him.

Fi­nally, hav­ing taken the worst the bad guys can throw at him, one ques­tion re­mains: should Reacher once more turn his back on nor­mal life? Be­cause it seems he’s a man who will never find ab­so­lute re­demp­tion, no mat­ter how many times he beats the bad guys.

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