#BookReview – One Shot by Lee Child @LeeChildReacher

Posted June 8, 2018 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 0 Comments

One Shot by Lee Child
Series: Jack Reacher #9
Published by Bantam Books Ltd on June 14, 2006
Genres: Thriller, Crime
Pages: 510
Also by this author: Persuader , The Enemy, The Hard Way, Bad Luck and Trouble (Jack Reacher, #11), Nothing to Lose

Now filmed as the blockbuster movie Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise.

Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into terror. But within hours the cops have it solved. A slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man claims: You got the wrong guy. After that, all he say's is: Get Reacher for me.

Jack Reacher lives off the grid. Lone righter of wrongs, irressistable to women. What could connect the ex-military cop to this obvious psychopathic?

I finished listening to this book a month ago, so I am late in writing my review and my review I wrote originally got wiped due to a web-hosting failure!! I love listening to these on audible and I think Jeff Harding does a great service to these books when reading them as I do love the voices he puts on. (Dick Hill is still my favourite but Jeff Harding is definitely on par!) You can read these as standalone books as it is very occasionally you might get a reference to someone from a previous book but if you are like me you want to read them from the beginning to get the complete picture.

In this book, we are back with Jack being the present-day Jack. (In the last book we were seeing Jack still as an MP in the army) We are brought in to the story with a sniper attack where five people have been shot and killed but there were six shots fired. As indicated by the book title, only one shot means anything. James Barr, the sniper, is arrested for the killings but says nothing and the only words he utters are “Get Reacher”. However, Reacher is already on his way…but not to save this guy. When he arrives something doesn’t quite sit right with Reacher, and so I tried to solve the clues given (Obviously not literally!). How was James Barr so easily caught? Why was he shooting from the car park? Why all the evidence left to be found? Why only five dead? 

I love how we are instantly pulled in to the world of Reacher with no preamble. Lee Child knows how to suck a reader straight in and to take you on a ride. I loved a scene near the end of the book where Reacher and his ensemble are trying to get close to a house to attack and he gets Helen (James Barr’s lawyer) to act as a decoy, I was chuckling because she was running around like a lunatic with no shoes on, on a gravel path to distract Le Zec’s men, it certainly confused them! What Reacher and Lee Child both do, is provide comical relief, I love the dry sense of humour he has. So I often find myself snorting with laughter when I am driving, probably when I should not be, due to something that was said and think, ah typical Reacher!

In this book, I noticed that Child’s loves the phrase “He said nothing” nearly every character at some point in the book said nothing. I started to play a game in the car when I was trying to guess when this phrase would come up again. I also love, in this book and every book, the detail that Mr Childs’ gives the reader to do with weapons and the military, being a soldier’s wife I bug my husband a lot to check how accurate it is and he probably gets bored of me asking lol 

When looking at other reviews on this book, I had actually forgotten that this was the first Tom Cruise film as that is all the recent reviews talked about. I for one am actually quite excited to re-watch the film again since reading the book. Love to see what differences there are, apart from the glaringly obvious one being Jack Reacher himself. 

Until next time Jack, until next time……

About Lee Child

Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV’s “golden age.” During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment. The first Jack Reacher movie, based on the novel One Shot and starring Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike, was released in December 2012.

Lee has three homes—an apartment in Manhattan, a country house in the south of France, and whatever airplane cabin he happens to be in while traveling between the two. In the US he drives a supercharged Jaguar, which was built in Jaguar’s Browns Lane plant, thirty yards from the hospital in which he was born.

Lee spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and watching the Yankees, Aston Villa, or Marseilles soccer. He is married with a grown-up daughter. He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise

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