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Lee Child is an Englishman living in the US. His main character is Jack Reacher, a former military policeman-turned loner who "walks the Earth" in the US, with trouble usually following not far behind.

In this book Reacher learns a member of his former platoon has been found dead outside Las Vegas, so he gets his old investigative unit together to find out what happened to the guy.

The story doesn't bear much hard analysis (a middle-East terrorist and his cronies might or might not be up to something), but Child writes this sort of stuff so well that it isn't until later that you notice that the Reacher and his gang come up with the much needed clue at exactly the right time to advance the plot.

Don't get me wrong, this isn't a work of littery genius, so if you're looking for a book that'll change your life or the world you live in, this isn't the book for you. If, however, you want a book that'll be involving or take your mind off things for a couple of hours, you could do a lot worse than this book (Simon Kernick for example), especially if you're a guy (it is "guy fiction" if I'm honest).

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