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Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel    by Lee Child order for
Never Go Back
by Lee Child
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Delacorte, 2013 (2013)
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*   Reviewed by Bob Walch

If you have read the other novels in this long running series you might want to see what former military cop Jack Reacher stumbles into now. But, if you haven't followed Jack's adventures you might want to go back farther in the long list of titles rather than begin here.

Reacher stumbles into a ridiculous mess - and one he should have been wary of - when he decides to visit his former unit headquarters outside of Washington, D.C.. He not only finds that the unit commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, has been arrested but he is also wanted for trumped up charges of homicide and a bogus paternity charge. What's more, Jack is also told he's being recalled to active service. (Have you read the fine print in your discharge papers lately, Jack?)

Obviously there's been a huge miscarriage of justice here and a major frame-up for some reason. Jack's going to head out on the road again to sort this mess out. He's going to get some help from Major Turner, whom he breaks out of jail, and, at times, this will read like vintage Reacher.

But, unfortunately, the ending is a bit of a disappointment and when all is said and done, this whole adventure is rather suspect. Not only do we wonder how a smart guy like Jack could walk into this situation but, more to the point, do we really buy the shaky scenario Lee Child has tossed together here?

Probably not!

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