The Secret

Delacorte. (Jack Reacher, Bk. 28). Oct. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781984818584. $28.99. THRILLER
The 28th Reacher novel (following No Plan B) is set in 1992, when he is still a military policeman. The Department of Defense has been keeping a secret since 1969 concerning an accident at a lab where a group of scientists were working. When one of the scientists speaks out and two die by apparent suicide, the DOD forms a task force of marginal officers from various agencies to investigate. It’s obvious from the make-up of the task force team and the lack of information given to work with, that the team is set up to fail. Failure will probably involve loss of rank and position for all on the force. Reacher is the Army’s representative on the task force, and he leads two of the other agents in tracking down needed information. The killer always seems one step ahead of them. Finding the useful information will involve getting to the bottom of this secret, which will, in turn, put Reacher and the team members in danger as well.
VERDICT This is a slow, methodical thriller that fans of the series will enjoy. The authors do a good job of creating characters that work for the story.
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