|Lee Child at Nottingham Waterstones © Nottingham Confidential|
As Jack hitches a ride with three strangers and the complex and perplexing story continues apace, the Americanisms and detail are so involving in A Wanted Man that every so often you have to stop and remind yourself that these books are written by a Coventry-born ex-Granada TV presentation director Brit (albeit now New York-ensconced.) Fast-moving and inventive, the book is fundamentally story-driven but there's some really terrific symmetry in the dynamic structure and rhetoric throughout with sharp and slick dialogue "Gas, ass or grass- the price of hitchhiking" and sassy, perfunctory and matter-of-fact one-liners "He had never killed or injured anyone with a car- except deliberately" mixed up with deftly visual contrasts between the huge sweeping expanses of the territory and the claustrophobia of the predicament.
Breathlessly-exciting and engrossing, it's a gripping, ripping yarn and, thrillingly filmic to read, it's only a surprise it's taken thirteen books before the inevitable upcoming Jack Reacher movie is finally out this December. Six foot five, eyes ice blue, massive in stature, reputation and fanbase, those are dirty great boots to fill, good luck, Tom Cruise.
A Wanted Man by Lee Child is published by Bantam Press and is available now priced £18.99. You can find out more about Lee Child at www.leechild.com