Never Say Die

Review of Without Fail; Lee Child; G. P. Putnam’s Sons 2002; pp 374

– Shana Susan Ninan

This is my first Lee Child novel, and I’m not disappointed. For a person who loves Harry Bosch, Without Fail‘s lead man, Jack Reacher is a welcome character. Child has given snippets of Reacher’s life and behaviour, without overdose. Much like Bosch’s creator Michael Connelly.

The plot revolves around ex-military and now vagabond Reacher: newly promoted head of secret service team, agent M. E. Froelich hires him to fill the gaps and find the loopholes in her system. He’s hired to assassinate the Vice President of the States. Or rather, to investigate ‘how’ an assassin would get into the circle to kill him.

Reacher’s physique and training is augmented by his never-say-die attitude, which is never short. He’s assisted in the investigation by lady friend and ex-colleague Frances Neagley.

I found Child’s strategy of leaving out the speaker/doer of the previous sentence in the beginning of the following one a bit odd. But as I read on, I realised it gave a certain punch to the action itself, leading us directly to the centre of it. For example, where we’d say, “HE got up and walked off the bed, picked up the Baretta on the side table,” Child would say, “Walked towards the side table, picked up the Beretta and closed the door behind him.” This gives a reader the feeling that he’s in the core of the action. A feeling I very much came to love.

Child uses simple language, with just the right amount of technical details to give us the all round picture. After the first 20 pages or so, the book picks up speed, literally. Then on, you’ve gotta put it down only at the last page. The  result of the investigation is revelaed much earlier than the last page of the book, but you’re led to it superbly well.

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