Child, Lee. Tripwire. New York: Berkley Books, 1999.
Reason read: to continue the series started in July in honor of New York becoming a state. At the time of publication, Lee Child lived in New York City.
Jack “No Middle Name” Reacher is back. This time as a Key West pool digger. He digs polls by hand, as unlikely as that sounds, and enjoys his anonymity and unfettered lifestyle. Physical labor and an on again-off again girlfriend agree with him until one day the peace is shattered. A strange private investigator all the way from New York comes nosing around, asking questions about Jack. The plot thickens when this same PI is found murdered only hours after snooping into Jack’s life. By now, if you read the other books in the series, you know Jack isn’t one to shrug and turn back to his daily routine. Compelled to figure out who has been asking about him and why (never mind who killed the private investigator), Jack makes his way back to New York and into a past he thought he had put behind him.
Tripwire takes Jack back to Vietnam and old war memories resurface. He visiting the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command center in Hawaii looking for answers. Of course he isn’t alone. Along for the ride is his former command officer’s daughter because someone wants her dead…
Confessional: I had the honor of visiting JPAC and touring one of the labs where the identification of bones was in progress. Reading Child’s description of the white bones laid out on shiny steel tables brought back memories of my own.
Author fact: Lee Child has crazy blue eyes.
Book trivia: Michael Connelly has endorsed Tripwire.
Nancy said: nothing specific except to say you don’t need to read the Reacher series in order.
BookLust Twist: from More Book Lust in the chapter “Lee Child: Too Good To Miss” (p 41).