FICTION

Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel

Delacorte. Sept. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9780804178778. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780804178785. F
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OrangeReviewStarNear midnight, with nothing but the clothes on his back and a toothbrush in his shirt pocket, Jack Reacher steps off the train in Mother's Rest, OK, looking to discover the origin of the town's name. Private investigator and former FBI agent Michelle Chang emerges from the shadows at the small depot, mistaking Reacher for her partner Keever, for whom she has been searching. After meeting over breakfast at the town's diner, Reacher and Chang partner up to find Keever, but they soon discover there is something truly nasty going on in Mother's Rest. The multilayered plot, involving an investigation of the Deep Web with the help of an LA Times science editor, ultimately places the intrepid duo on a hog farm fighting the bad guys with only a backhoe for transportation. Is there real romance in Reacher's future? Only the next installment in the series will tell.
VERDICT Superbly plotted with a jolt a minute and a touch of Carl Hiaasen-style weirdness, this thriller will delight longtime fans. It also serves as a great introduction for readers new to the series. [A September 2015 LibraryReads pick; Entertainment Weekly reports that Paramount will release the sequel to Jack Reacher, the first film adaptation of Child's books and starring Tom Cruise, on October 21, 2016.—Ed.]

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