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Reviews of Persuader (2003)

Review by reacher (2009-04-05)
This was my second Reacher novel that I read, and my 2nd favorite behind Killing Floor. My favorite new character of the book is Paulie, an enemy of Reacher's as soon as they meet eyes. The confronations between the two will have you turning back the pages to read again and again.

Their final confrontation is enthralling!

Reacher works undercover with federal agents to help track down a missing agent and brings down enemies old and new.

The way Reacher talks to people he doesn't like is as intriging and comical as it is ruthless.


(This review refers to the 2003 version titled “Persuader”)

Review by Janine (2003-03-17)
If this is your introduction to Jack Reacher, Persuader will have you asking yourself how you could have possibly missed this series of books! Veterans of the series will grab it off the shelves and, with sighs of pleasure, settle in for another thriller by the incredibly talented Lee Child, knowing they won’t be disappointed.

In Persuader, those who have met Jack Reacher before will be afforded a deeper look into his past. For the novice, the seventh book in this series features a very unique hero – a man of action, willing to take justice into his own hands, to see the right thing done. Jack Reacher is someone you want on your side when the going gets tough and nowhere is this more apparent than in Persuader. This book also establishes a simple truth – you don’t want Jack Reacher as an enemy.

With a return to the first person point of view, we see the story unfold through Reacher’s eyes as he searches for the man he knew as Quinn. To put things right. To avenge a death. Lee Child sets the tension level on high from the very beginning with a first chapter that lets you know you won’t be putting the book down any time soon.

In exchange for information on a man Reacher thought he killed ten years earlier, but has just seen, he agrees to help DEA Agent Susan Duffy recover an agent that disappeared in a botched drug operation. No easy task, it turns out. The body count is high – justifiably so. Child has created some distinctly disreputable characters in Duke, Doll, Paulie and Quinn. His ability to write an action scene you can literally see - and hear, is showcased by this book.

The explanation for Reacher’s hunt for Quinn is handled via flashbacks - an often confusing technique. Child slips between the present and the past with great ease by ending a scene in the present and starting the next scene in the past with the same thought, seamlessly. Few authors do it as well as Lee Child. This technique also gives the reader insight into the moments of vulnerability seen in Reacher in previous books.

Throughout the book Child humanizes the man called Reacher – a hero for our times who struggles with e-mail and cell phones, enjoys baseball, observes contemporary fashion trends with wry humor and gets cranky when he’s caffeine deprived. These subtle touches of humor provide moments of relief from the non-stop tension and roller coaster action.

If this is your first experience with Reacher, you’ll want to get to know him better when you’ve finished Persuader. If you’ve read the entire series, as I have, you’re already counting the days until Lee Child presents you with another gift. And you thought waiting for Christmas was hard when you were a child...

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