Former MP Jack Reacher is idly walking down a Chicago street one morning when his path intersects with that of a young woman exiting a dry cleaner's. Teetering on crutches and laden with clothing, Reacher pauses to assist her, and finds himself sharing her fate - kidnapped at gunpoint the two are bundled into the back of an anonymous van.
Holly Johnson says only that she's an agent of the FBI, but Reacher senses there's more to her than that, and he's right - Holly's also the daughter of a prominent senator. Holly's abduction is part of a wider plan, and more than her safety lies in Reacher's competent hands.
Die Trying is the second in a lengthy series about this aimless yet purposeful retired serviceman, and my introduction. I became interested in reading Childs’ work, which I’d seen around but paid no attention to, after seeing him on the First Tuesday Book Club’s bestseller special episode. I’m glad I did – the series won’t change the world, but Die Trying is entertaining, escapist and fun. It rings true without beating you over the head with researched miscellany, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to catching up with the rest of the series, which it doesn't seem essential to read in order. - Alex
The Jack Reacher novels
Killing Floor; Die Trying; Tripwire; The Visitor; Echo Burning; Without Fail; Persuader;The Enemy; One Shot;The Hard Way; Bad Luck and Trouble; Nothing to Lose; Gone Tomorrow; 61 Hours; Worth Dying For