No Plan B, Lee Child

No Plan B opening lines: The meeting was held in a room with no windows. The room was rectangular and it had no windows because it had no external walls.

My blurb:

Jed Starmer is not a thief. But he is a teenager caught between a rock and a hard place. Does he take the money that rightfully belongs to him? Or should he try and make it without the cash? But he needs money in order to get halfway across the country. It is vital, as his father is being released from Prison. His journey will not be easy, and it comes with challenges Jed knows nothing about. However, bumping into Jack Reacher will help make some of those challenges easier to navigate.

No Plan B
Gerrardsville, Colorado. One tragic event. Two witnesses. Two conflicting accounts. One witness sees a woman throw herself in front of a bus – clearly suicide. The other witness is Jack Reacher. And he sees what really happened – a man in grey hoodie and jeans, swift and silent as a shadow, pushed the victim to her death, before grabbing her bag and sauntering away.
Reacher follows the killer, not knowing that this was no random act of violence. It is part of something much bigger…a sinister, secret conspiracy, with powerful people on the take, enmeshed in an elaborate plot that leaves no room for error. If any step is compromised, the threat will have to be quickly and permanently removed.
But when the threat is Reacher, there is No Plan B….
My verdict:

Usually, Reacher novels have a distinct ‘voice’. In the past, the books have had a clear beginning, and it is the ending Reacher moves towards. But since Lee Child started collaborating with his brother, Andrew, there are two distinct tones to the reading. And in this story, we seem to be working from the middle towards both the beginning and the end. I must say, I really preferred the pace of Reacher when Lee wrote alone. However, this was a good story with several threads intertwined in a way only Reacher can see.

Publishing information:
ISBN 9781787633766
Format Trade Paperback
Published November 2022

Penguin Random House South Africa sent me this novel to review.

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