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Past Tense by Lee Child
Series: Jack Reacher #23
Published by Delacorte Press on November 5, 2018
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Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What’s one extra day? He takes the detour.
At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they’re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. It’s a strange place, but it’s all there is.
The next morning, in the city clerk’s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He’s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place?
As Reacher explores his father’s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly.
I love this Jack Reacher series. In the earlier books, it seemed to matter more whether they were read in order because of his connections with other characters, and his own progression. Lately, it hasn’t seemed as important with some books going back in time, even to when he was in the army. I have read them all, including most of the novellas except 20 and 22. I have to go read them!
The time frame from Past Tense is not clear to me; he is obviously out of the army awhile. He makes a stop to check out his father’s hometown and finds a whole mess of trouble. This is typical. There is plenty of action and intelligent deduction by Reacher which is always enjoyable. I’m not sure it is always realistic when he doesn’t have more trouble for his actions, but he sure is fun. I love the feel of how smart he is to figure out things.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge