One Shot by Lee Child
One Shot. Finished audio 3-19-14, rating 4.25/5, thriller, pub. 2005
Unabridged audio 12 hours. Read by Dick Hill.
Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in–no phone, no address, no commitments-ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. Reacher’s arrival will change everything–about a case that isn’t what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot-and by doing so give Jack Reacher one shot at the truth….
Oh Reacher, you wily devil you. Reacher, ex-military, loner with a taste for justice, is only found when he wants to be. He heads to the midwest from Florida so that he can make sure that the soldier who escaped punishment in the service gets his just rewards as a mass murdering civilian. Only Reacher is also being sought for murder and he has to keep moving to stay one step ahead of those who are trying to kill him.
I always enjoy reading about Reacher’s antics and seeing where he’ll end up, since the world is his home. This is one of the more solid thrillers and a good standalone for non Reacher readers. I can see why they chose this one to base the first movie on (come back Friday for my comparison of the two). The cast is good, lots of moving targets and bad guys, solid police work and Reacher only gets one short roll in the hay so it doesn’t take over the story.
I checked this audio out of the library and it is read by Dick Hill, who has read all of Lee Child’s books I’ve listened to, and he has become Reacher for me. He almost makes me want to listen to them all instead of reading!
I’m curious. With a show of hands, who has read a Reacher book OR seen the movie?