Book Review - One Shot by Lee Child
I knew this day would unfortunately come... I'm now caught up on all the Jack Reacher novels with the completion of Lee Child's One Shot. Another excellent story in the series...
A sniper sets up in a parking garage and kills five people as they come out of an office building in a small mid-western town. There's an abundance of evidence left behind, and in short order the police have arrested a retired military veteran who refuses to talk about the crime. His sister is about the only person who believes him innocent, and the only thing he'll say in his defense is to find Jack Reacher. Reacher happens to see the story on CNN and travels to the town because he knows the guy. But it makes no sense that the sniper would want to see Reacher, as it's not the first time he's killed like this. And Reacher promised him that if anything like this ever happened again, he'd personally deal out the punishment. Reacher's ready to help them tie the noose until he starts to wonder why all the evidence so perfectly points back to this guy. And when someone tries to set him up to be "silenced", it only serves to make him dig deeper. Reacher is convinced there's someone else pulling the strings, but it's all murky as to why. So the question is whether he'll find out the truth before he gets killed, and who in the small town is trying to cover up reality?
As with all of Child's novels, the plot twists just keep coming. What is obvious isn't reality, and what's reality isn't obvious. Reacher is able to draw inferences from the smallest observations along with his experience, and then it's a matter of trying to figure why the story doesn't match the observation. I'm never quite sure "who dun it" until the end, and I keep putting other things off in order to finish the book. One Shot was as good a read as I've had in quite awhile, and I'm sorry that I finally caught up with all the books in the series. The only bright spot is that his next installment is due in May... :)