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"Worth Dying For" is worth reading
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2018
In “Worth Dying For” Lee Child breaks things up a bit with his stoic, strolling hero by not having him buy cheap new clothes and discarding the ones he’s wearing immediately and by allowing an opponent to break JR’s nose for the first time in his life. Given the many brawls Reacher has already been in as chronicled in the previous 14 novels his shattered schnoz will surprise long time readers. The fun thing about this character is that he dishes out an amazing amount of pain and punishment and for the most part remains unscathed so his getting injured is something, maybe he’s getting old? Of course for fans of the Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington revenge flicks featuring 60 year olds Reacher’s got plenty of life left in him.
The plot is similar in some respects to earlier books; a small rural town is held in the grip of a rich individual (or family) that has some sort of sinister plot going on terrorizing the locals. Murder follows and Reacher ends up neck deep in the situation and ultimately dispenses justice. In “Worth Dying For” Reacher’s in Nebraska and the Duncan family runs a trucking company that has a monopoly controlling the transport of all crop shipments in the area. If you displease the Duncan’s your crops rot in the field and you suffer financially. The family is involved in a smuggling operation of some sort and they also have a darker secret that is eventually revealed. It’s classic Jack Reacher taking on a criminal family and their many henchmen singlehandedly in satisfying style. For a change there’s no romantic liaison for JR in this tale and Child avoids making any of the military related gaffs that populate many of his novels. Overall a worthy adventure for fans of the series that will keep you coming back for more.
As an aside, I saw an online interview with Lee Child that suggested a Jack Reacher television series with Netflix is in the works which could be interesting. The interviewer asked about casting and specifically if the lead role would be someone bigger than Tom Cruise (star of the two Reacher motion pictures) and Child emphatically confirmed it would be a ‘big guy’. Stay tuned!