MYSTERY

Blue Moon

Delacorte. (Jack Reacher, Bk. 24). Oct. 2019. 356p. ISBN 9780399593543. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780399593550. THRILLER
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In his 24th adventure (after Past Tense), Jack Reacher steps off a Greyhound to prevent a mugging and into an organized crime battle in an unnamed, medium-sized U.S. city. His attempts to save Aaron Shevick backfire and lead to his tangling first with Ukrainian gangsters, to whom Shevick and his wife owe big money, then with their Albanian counterparts. The town is sewn up between the Ukrainians and Albanian gangs, and the body count has already racked up before Reacher enters the fray. Once he meets others who’ve been wronged by the gangs, including a comely waitress and several former servicemen, Reacher is ready to rumble. He soon realizes that an even more insidious villain is hiding in the city. Assembling his crew, Reacher makes plans to rid the city of crime, save his new friends, and locate a heartless software developer.
VERDICT Some villains are dispatched too neatly and some allies are found too rapidly, but it doesn’t matter. Reacher’s plans of attack and wry observations are what fans come for and what they get here. Child touches lightly on current issues—corrupt tech entrepreneurs, economic disparity

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