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Found a new writer to recommend to mystery fans


It’s almost embarrassing for me to admit this: Until a month ago, I had never read any of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels. If you find yourself in a similar situation, go to your nearest bookstore, Amazon, even your local library — and find one of Mr. Child’s gritty, funny (yeah, sort of funny) novels featuring Jack Reacher.

I read “One Shot” as my first Child novel a few months ago, followed by “The Hard Way.” I’m currently reading “Nothing to Lose” (in which we learn there’s a definite line between Hope and Despair — read it, you’ll understand).

I find Child’s plotting impeccable, intriguing and never implausible. His characters, especially former military MP and now drifter Jack Reacher, are well done.

Don’t waste a minute more reading my rambling recommendation. Get out and find one of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels. You’ll love ’em.