Feb. 27th, 2012

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This came through the letterbox, and I, having decided after 61 Hours that I could probably live without Jack Reacher, thought, 'aw, do I have to?'

But this was the ABC roundabout, so I did. And I am prepared to concede that I may have misjudged the gentleman. While 61 Hours was a real slog, this was compelling reading of the sort that had me reluctant to leave the house until I'd finished it.

It's written in the first person, which may have made a difference. Jack Reacher the character seemed much more interesting here than he did in the other book. I did get fed up with the style at times (seriously, nobody had put a cap on personal pronouns the last time I checked) but there were enough good points that I could overlook that.

Some good points:

- impressively plausible worked deductions
- scrupulous presentation of clues
- I confidently pronounced that character X was bound to end up dead or evil, and they didn't
- genuinely surprising twists

I can see now why people get hooked. 61 Hours may have been an anomaly, or part of a larger mid-series slump. Still not hooked myself, mind.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/10398249/

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