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Reviews of One Shot (2005)

Review by michael a draper (2010-12-01)
A sniper kills five people from his perch in a parking garage and sets up former marine sniper, James Barr, for the killings.

When questioned, Barr refuses to talk but tells his attorney, get Jack Reacher.

Reacher arrives but has no love for Barr. Reacher knows that Barr killed a number of people in Kuwait City. Even though the men may have deserved their fate, Reacher comes to help put Barr away in prison.

The defense attorney, Helen Rodin, is up against her father as the prosecutor. He has a strong conviction record and advises his daughter not to take the case.

Helen decides to defend Barr anyway and convinces Reacher to look at the evidence. When he does, he feels that it's just too good to be valid. Then he begins to disect each part of the evidence against Barr.

Reacher is still adverse to really helping Helen but when he leaves her office, someone tries to set him up for a beating. He turns the table on them and becomes more interested in helping Helen defend Barr.

Reacher shows again that he's the one person who could be counted on when there seems no hope. His military training as a homicide investigator makes him more analytical and his physical size and skills with weapons gives him the tools that he needs to overcome his adversaries.

This is a well plotted novel. Lee Child has the ability to make the character that Reacher is helping look more sympathetic and Reacher is that person's savior. Parts of the story are predictable but the story kept me turning the pages to see how Reacher would be able to achieve an almost impossible task.

(This review refers to the 2005 version titled “One Shot”)

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