Bad Luck and Trouble

Bad Luck and Trouble

by Lee Child

From a helicopter high above the empty California desert, a man is sent free-falling into the night.

In Chicago, a woman learns that an elite team of exarmy investigators is being hunted down one by one....

From the first shocking scenes in Lee Childs explosive new novel, Jack Reacher is plunged like a knife into the heart of a conspiracy that is killing old friendsand is on its way to something even worse.A decade postmilitary, Reacher has an ATM card and the clothes on his backno phone, no ties, and no address.

From Chicago, Frances Neagley finds Reacher, using a signal only the eight members of their elite team of army investigators would know.

She tells him a terrifying storyabout the brutal death of a man they both served with.

Then Reacher will trust the people he once trusted with his lifeand take this thing all the way to the end.

Because in a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, theyd better be ready for what comes right back at them

  • Series: Jack Reacher
  • Language: English
  • Category: Thriller
  • Rating: 4.19
  • Pages: 378
  • Publish Date: May 15th 2007 by Bantam Dell Random House
  • Isbn10: 0385340559
  • Isbn13: 9780385340557

What People Think about "Bad Luck and Trouble"

This is one of those books that made me want to turn the pages faster so I could see what would happen next, but at the same time, made me so scared just thinking about all the bad things that could possibly happen to the protagonists. A week later, Reacher was in Portland, Oregon, with little money left. And this is where Reacher and his three old friends from the armys special investigations unit had teamed up to seek out the truth and the persons behind the murders of their friends. You do not mess with the special investigators. Reacher? So talk, Reacher said.

Some of the other books have been poor on plot, but this one's good - though I think the author's chickening out of anything too gory or heart-breaking for the reader as time goes on.

This is Lee Child's 11th Reacher thriller. The New York Times claims that Lee Child is "The best thriller writer of the moment." I think this is true, but an understatement. As a writer myself, I wondered if the men and women of his elite unit had been created in the past, or came phoenix-like out of the ashes of Lee Child's imagination as he wrote the book? Child certainly makes it seem like the eight members of the unit already existed long before Killing Floor, which was Child's first Reacher novel, and where this reader feels the new Reacher reader should start. In "Bad Luck" he had left behind the army years ago, had transitioned from Major Jack Reacher to the man we now know, but the guys and girls in his unit got to see the man not as he used to be, their commander, a major in the army, but the man whose possessions now amounted to a folding toothbrush, a passport, the clothes on his back, and a ATM card.

My Rating: 4.2/5 Just like every Jack Reacher novel, this one was simple but efficient. But C'mon, isn't that the point of these books??

When Jack gets to L.A. he finds out that what used to be his elite team of eight is now down to four. The other four, including Jack, get together to discover the truth and if revenge is necessary they will be the ones to dish it out.

However, I do write my reviews (or in the case of this series) my random thoughts right after finishing a book so I am still on a high after finishing this one. I felt that the plot was interesting and thought-provoking with enough to keep me eager to turn the pages however it was Reacher and the characters he was on this journey with that kept me gripped throughout.

In this one, that pacing goes out the window and most of it is "detective", which sucks when the protagonist and his cohorts are missing obvious clues and stumbling around like idiots.

Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV's "golden age." During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker.