Read-Alikes for ‘No Plan B’ by Lee Child & Andrew Child | LibraryReads

No Plan B, by Lee Child & Andrew Child (Delacorte), is the top holds title of the week. LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for patrons waiting to read this buzziest book.

No Plan B, by Lee Child & Andrew Child (Delacorte), is the top holds title of the week. LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for patrons waiting to read this buzziest book.

Six-feet-five-inches-tall, 250-pound ex-MP Reacher witnesses a killing masqueraded as a suicide: a hooded man pushes a woman in front of a bus and runs off with her purse. Reacher pursues him, someone pursues him, and the bloodletting starts. Reacher doesn’t know why the killing happened or why someone is chasing him, but he won’t give up until he finds out. Two other narratives interweave with Reacher’s: a runaway 15-year-old travels to meet a father he’s never known, and a middle-aged criminal hunts for the man who supplied a defective liver to his son when he needed a transplant. Neither of these subordinate plots has enough interest to maintain it over the long haul, so there’s padding, and the main story line, of Reacher on the hunt, is cookie-cutter stuff—all the juice seems squeezed out of the series by this time. The franchise has had a long run: this is the 27th Jack Reacher thriller (after Better Off Dead), and the third coauthored by brothers Lee and Andrew. Perhaps it’s time to hang up the gloves. VERDICT This humdrum, by-the-book thriller isn’t all that good, but it will still attract Reacher’s countless fans.—David Keymer

Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin (Little, Brown)

Appeared on the January 2015 LibraryReads list

“Readers rejoice! John Rebus has come out of retirement. Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox are working an important case and ask for his help. Then an attempt is made on the life of his longtime nemesis, Big Ger Cafferty. Are the cases connected? A top notch entry in a beloved series.”—Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Malice by Keigo Higashino (Minotaur: St. Martin's; LJ starred review)

Appeared on the October 2014 LibraryReads list

“Detective Kaga is investigating the murder of best-selling author Kunihiko Hidaka. Hidaka’s wife and best friend both have rock-solid alibis, but Kaga discovers that the friend ship might not have been what it seemed. A classic cat-and-mouse game with twists that keep the pages turning.”—Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA

Redemption Road by John Hart (Thomas Dunne: St. Martin's)

Appeared on the May 2016 LibraryReads list

“In Hart’s new suspense novel, we meet veteran detective Elizabeth Black, who is facing possible suspension for a suspicious shooting. At the same time, former police officer Adrian Wall is released from prison after serving time for the murder of Julia Stange. Stange’s son wants Adrian dead. Adrian has always claimed his innocence, but after his release, a couple of new bodies turn up at the church. This is a thrilling page-turner that starts at a rapid-fire pace and doesn’t let up. Great book for literary and thriller lovers alike.”—Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN

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