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Tripwire (Jack Reacher, No. 3)
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Reacher's anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who's come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI's trail back to New York, Reacher's compelled to find out who was looking for him and why. He never expected the reasons to be so personal-and twisted.

Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is lying low in Key West, digging up swimming pools by hand. He is not at all pleased when a private detective starts asking questions about him. But when the detective, Costello, turns up dead with his fingertips sliced off, Reacher realizes it is time to move on.

As in Lee Child's two previous thrillers, Die Trying and Killing Floor, Reacher is soon up to his neck in lethal trouble, this time involving a vicious Wall Street manipulator, a mysterious woman (of course), and the livelihood of a whole community. Even the fate of soldiers missing in action in Vietnam is stirred into the brew.

But this is not a book by one of the new breed of U.S. thriller writers. Child prides himself on his ability, as an Englishman, to write American thrillers that are utterly convincing in milieu and toughness of action, without a trace of English sensibility. Tripwire is no exception. Every bit as lean and compulsive as its predecessors, it also builds on the freshest aspect of those books: Reacher may be a tough, epic hero, but he always remains human and vulnerable. --Barry Forshaw

Customer Reviews:

  • Awesome!
    This was a terrific thriller. The mystery was compelling and its resolution was satisfying....more info
  • Classic "Jack Reacher" story
    Lee Child is one of my favorite authors. Have read almost every "Jack Reacher" book. Every one of them is exciting from beginning to end. Can't turn the pages fast enough. Story keeps your interest & is riviting.
    PMA...more info
  • Shallow characters, too unrealistic
    Too unrealistic, even for a thriller.
    Jack Reacher was just an MP officer in the Army as far as we know, he isn't Batman.
    I noticed another reviewer mentioned there isn't business class on most domestic US flights. It sounds like a small thing, but it's distracting. Also, Reacher buys a plane ticket in Miami without id. When did this story take place?!
    The one that killed me: Reacher goes shopping with the girl, he doesn't remember the name of the last store he bought clothes in - Hole? Gap? Come on! Was this guy in the Army for 13 years or was he a frozen caveman??? Lee Child - show me an American serviceman who doesn't know what The Gap is!!
    Lee Child has some talent, but sometimes you can tell he's English writing an American story. He's cleary fascinated by big American vehicles and automatic transmissions. And he slips sometimes and uses words like KIT to describe military equipment. Very British. Not a big deal - but sometimes he's a little out of touch.

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  • Tripwire
    This is my first book by Lee Childs, but it won't be my last. He writes concisely and well, with completely drawn characters and terrific suspense....more info
  • Gripping--couldn't put it down
    I'm Lee Child's newest fan. I've read 5 of his books and plan to read all of them. This was one of my favorites thus far. Usually I'm not attracted to books (or movies, for that matter) dealing with the Vietnam war. It was my generation's war and I'm just not interested in reliving that era. I read this book in 2 days and had a difficult time putting it down but you got to sleep some time! The last 100 pages were the best--filled with some surprises and heart. Jack Reacher is Dirty Harry and Arnold Schwarzenegger all rolled into one! A must read....more info
  • You will want to skip ahead
    The accumulated reviews of this novel tell you all you need to know about character and plot: Jack (NMN) Reacher, bumming about Key West, without advance knowledge, revives a youthful/mutual attraction and inherits a home near West Point from the woman's father, his former C.O. This leads into a tangle of interlocking plots as a presumed KIA involved in corporate schemes and a group of MIA scamsters dreaw Reacher and his companion into a puzzle solution while a brutal kidnapping/multiple murder plot develops. Much of the mystery for Reacher is the large scale/small scale villiany which envelops him: just who is the bad guy. This is what the ultimate solution discovers.
    Just looking at it tells you that this is a very thick book. What is worth knowing is that the writing - detail and description- sometimes gets in the way of the development of plot. After a while I started jumping ahead a paragraph or two ( no, I didn't spoil it by going to the end, but.....I advise you not to do that either, the wait is worth it). Perhaps a bit of judicious trimming would improve what is a very good read. Certainly worth a few bucks. ...more info
  • One of the Best Reacher Books
    I've read all of the Lee Child's novels, and I think TRIPWIRE, the third in the "Jack Reacher" series, is one of his best efforts.

    One of my major problems with Lee Child's work is the sheer absurdity and over-the-top nature of his plots. TRIPWIRE doesn't suffer from this problem, and is an exciting, highly enjoyable thriller that is also relatively believable.

    TRIPWIRE is also interesting in that it involves Reacher potentially settling down with a woman, inheriting property, and ending his nomadic existence. So there is some real character development in this book. TRIPWIRE doesn't resolve these issues completely, and you have to read the next entry in the series, RUNNING BLIND, in order to see how things turn out.

    My only quibble with this book is that it leaves some major loose ends with regard to some of the supporting characters. I found this lack of closure to be somewhat aggravating, given the amount of text that Child devotes to these characters.

    But overall, this is one of the best books in the Jack Reacher series, along with KILLING FLOOR, ECHO BURNING, ONE SHOT, and THE HARD WAY. Highly recommended.

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  • Mixed feeling about balyhooed new action hero.
    I was anticipating non-stop action and mayhem,but I have to agree with one reviewer stating that this is less action packed than the previous two.In any case,I am willing to give Mr.Reacher further chance by trying to catch up on his previous books.I have to say that I did enjoy the few action parts and am amazed when Reacher finally takes charge;but the climax is like that of a tv movie.So simple,considering the build up and the plot twist is just fine.I'm still looking forward to being a Reacher convert and am excited over the entire series....more info
  • Good, but not great
    An okay book, but not great. Jack Reacher is back in action trying to figure out the whereabouts of a missing Vietnam soldier. But the more he looks, the more trouble seems to find him. Sadly, though, the bad guys are a little on the lame side, one page showing a high IQ, the next acting like they just fell off a potato wagon.
    Save your $$$ and buy a used paperback....more info
  • Was Hooked
    Not only is Reacher the toughest guy in American fiction, Child has created another detestable evil character in Hobie. Hook is one of Child's most creative devils. The story easily jumps from the laid back Keys to the mean streets of NYC. Definitely one of the better of the Reacher series, a hard statement to write.
    Ron Lealos author of Don't Mean Nuthin'...more info
  • Trip Wire
    I just started this book and it has hold on me already. I like Lee Child's books because they are very absorbing and unpredictable. (What's the use of reading a book if you can figure it out yourself from the beginning/)...more info
  • Another kick*** thriller from Mr. Child
    Lee Child outdoes himself with this one. I am a big admirer of his novels, but the twists and turns kept even me guessing almost to the end. While the action is fast and plentiful, Mr. Child does not neglect characters along the way, making his novels thoroughly enjoyable on many levels.

    If you haven't availed yourself of the pleasures of this series, Tripwire is a great place to start....more info
  • Jack Reacher
    This is one of many books Lee Child has written with his main character, Jack Reacher. It is non stop suspense, lots of action, and a leading man like no other. I highly recommend "Tripwire" or you can start with his first and work your way up-they are all great....more info
  • Average; But it's still Jack Reacher!
    The book starts off well, in classic Lee Child fashion. Reacher is a drifter in Key West until a P.I. finds him. Reacher denies who he is when asked, but then the P.I. turns up murdered. Traveling back to New York to find out who hired the P.I., he meets up with someone from his past--the daughter of his mentor. The love story and action are intense, but the story of a missing-in-action Vietnam soldier, Victor Hobie, isn't very compelling. With a good plot twist at the end, Child almost redeems himself. Not the best work, but it's still a Reacher thriller!...more info
  • Same Formula Different Book
    If you have read any of the other Reacher novels you know exactly what to expect. Reacher is the ultimate embodiment of the lone-hero archetype. He is nearly super human in strength. He gets pulled in to a situation completely by fate, and in the end must destroy a character that is evil beyond human comprehension. There is also the obligatory female character that he feels a strong affinity towards. This of course leads to super human stamina in the bedroom. Nothing graphic of course, everything is tastefully implied.

    Yet with all of that said, this is one of the better Reacher novels. The plot is paced nicely. Reacher's skills of deduction seem human instead of super-human. There is a believable tension between Reacher and the female character. It isn't the sudden lust seen in most of the novels. It carries a good plot and pace for an action/thriller plus shows Reacher at his most human emotionally. ...more info
  • Classic "Jack Reacher" story
    Lee Child is one of my favorite authors. Have read almost every "Jack Reacher" book. Every one of them is exciting from beginning to end. Can't turn the pages fast enough. Story keeps your interest & is riviting.
    PMA...more info
  • Easy Read
    After having read the first two novels I was extremely keen to read Tripwire.
    I wasn't disappointed, but did notice a BIG difference between this and the first two novels. This book was more like a bedtime story, easier to read when you are tired, kind of novel.
    Not so intense and Reacher isn't really the main character in this novel.
    I'm looking forward to seeing if the next one is more like the first....more info
  • An entertaining read...
    If you like action/adventure books, you are likely enjoy this one. Suspend disbelief, sit back, relax, and have a good time. Despite the author's irritating habit of ending too many dialog sentences with, "right?", no matter which character, it's an entertaining read....more info
  • Jack Reacher
    This is one of many books Lee Child has written with his main character, Jack Reacher. It is non stop suspense, lots of action, and a leading man like no other. I highly recommend "Tripwire" or you can start with his first and work your way up-they are all great....more info
  • Hack job but a fun read
    You don't read a Child novel to experience great pros or a classic novel of immense proportions. You read Child to escape into a simple world with easy to understand characters and easy to follow plot lines with enough twists and enough heroics to make you turn the page. Such is the case with Jack Reacher who finds himself embroiled in another messy situation with Captain Hook for a villain and the standard love interest that is also smart and sassy. I had immense fun reading the novel and burying my worries inside of this work of fiction. Yes there are sentence fragments all over the place and yes some of the dialog needed a rewrite but after all Child is there to entertain.
    My one pet peeve would be to abandon two major characters -- the stone family. That's part of the problem of throwing this together in a hurry. It's sloppy on Child's part even though we can predict what would happen to them. This is airport reading material and nothing more but it's still a great ride.
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  • Good But Not Perfect
    I like mystery novels. Novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I saw these Jack Reacher novels next to Lincoln Child's works in the bookstore, and made a gamble. About 8 months later, I'm glad I made that gamble. These books are good, easy to read, and they can get addicting. The only thing that's keeping me from giving these five stars are the endings. For some reason, I never feel like things were quite summed up well enough. Perhaps I prefer a book with a detailed d¨¦nouement. These books provide a story that will slowly suck you in, then keep you up all night one night, and leave you wondering "what if" and "what happens next?" after. Overall, great books, just missing something that is hard to put into words. ...more info
  • Very much of a nailbiter
    This is the first of the Jack Reacher novels I've read that ties in to others. I very much recommend reading DIE TRYING first as Leon Garber, Reacher's former commanding officer, is a prominent character.In TRIPWIRE, Reacher is approached by a PI and denies being the Jack Reacher the detective is looking for. The investigator is killed shortly afterwards and Reacher discovers he was hired by Garber's daughter to discover whether a MIA from the war in Vietnam is alive or not. The perspective of the novel switches back and forth between Reacher, the villain who appears to be the missing soldier, and the husband and wife victims of a financial takeover by the bad guy.All in all this is the tense thriller one expects from Lee Child. I find it to be absolute top rate and I quite enjoyed seeing Reacher as more of an investigator this time.This also deals with a crucial period of Reacher's life in which he is forced to come to grips with what he wants in life. This novel and the next, RUNNING BLIND, deal with an important life decision Reacher must make. This is of course a subplot and in no way takes away from the action and suspense of the main plot. This is the 4th Jack Reacher bok I've read, the 3rd in the series, and definitely is a personal favorite. ...more info
  • Hooked!
    Now I want to read everything Lee Childs has done with Jack Reacher as the hero, the kind we would create if we knew how. Can't put this down....more info
  • Trip Wire by Lee Child
    Ilove all of Lee Child's books. This one isn't as good as his first, but still worth reading....more info
  • Big Change--Not a Good Ending.
    I am reading the Jack Reacher series in order. This is the third I have read and this is weakest. Lee Child writes a great story and this moves well but it lacks in suspense and there is no real ending. I wonder if in writing this Child was wondering whether to end the series. As one reviewer says there is no explanation of any of the parts of the story. For example it is hard to understand why Hobes stayed around. We do not know what happens to the Stones. ...more info
  • Child hits the mark with his third Jack Reacher adventure
    The third Jack Reacher adventure finds the ex-military policeman living in Key West, digging pools by day and working as a bouncer by night. After three months in the islands, Reacher is settling in to his relaxed lifestyle and thinking of staying for good. But his idyll is interrupted when he is approached twice in one day for information on one Jack Reacher, first by an amiable private investigator named Costello, then by a pair of hulking thugs hot on Costello's trail. Reacher sidesteps their questions, but is drawn into matters after Costello is found dead, the victim of a savage beating apparently administered by the two thugs.

    Anxious to know what inspired this violence, Reacher tracks the detective to New York, where he discovers Costello was hired by a "Mrs. Jacob." Visiting her address, Reacher is pleasantly surprised when he learns that Mrs. Jacob is actually the former Jodie Garber, daughter of the recently deceased General Garber, Reacher's mentor and commanding officer when he worked with the military police. Jodie informs Reacher that her father was trying to contact him to request his assistance in uncovering the truth about a Vietnam-era MIA.

    Reacher agrees to finish the job Garber started, bringing him into direct conflict with the men who killed Costello and with their boss, "Hook" Hobie, a horribly scarred master criminal who is only hours away from making the biggest score of his life. Hobie has a dark past, the details of which will upset his current operation should they come to light. Reacher's investigations put him on a collision course with the sadistic Hobie. Both men pursue their agendas, inching ever closer to an inevitable conflict at book's end, a bloody battle that leaves only one of them standing.

    In reviews of previous Reacher books, Child was often criticized for relying too heavily on coincidence. Perhaps reacting to those comments, Child is more deliberate here -- beneath the carnage and breakneck pace lies a carefully constructed, believable plot. But in the final analysis, it's not plot that recommends this novel. Rather, it's Child's cinematic approach to action scenes --Tripwire contains several brilliant sequences, each stunning in its profound violence and skillful execution. Although readers might think they know what's coming, Child always manages to confound expectations.

    In the hands of a lesser writer, this story could have easily spun out of control. Child, however, takes great pains to balance larger-than-life characters like Reacher and Hobie with a convincing supporting cast, using them to ground the novel in reality. He is also careful to show other sides of Reacher, who, with his impressive physical stature and penchant for violence, evokes such legendary fictional tough guys as Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer and Richard Stark's Parker.
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  • Reacher returns
    Ex-Army M.P. major Jack Reacher is living a low key existence digging swimming pools in Key West and also working as a bouncer at a local strip club. His solitude soon gets shattered when first an elderly private investigator named Costello and then two well dressed wise guys come looking for him. When the P.I. turns up murdered in the local cemetery, Reacher follows his trail to New York City.

    After finding the location of the dead Costello's office and going through his files, Reacher determines that he was doing an investigation for one Leon Garber. General Leon Garber was Reacher's mentor in the military. He travels to Garber's residence in suburban New York to find the general's wake in progress. Greeted by Garber's attractive daughter Jodie, Reacher unfortunately learns that the general has just passed away. Jodie Garber, a successful lawyer, 15 years ago had a school girl crush on the strapping 24 year old Reacher.

    Concurrent with Reacher's exploits another plot is playing out. The two punks looking for Reacher in Key West are part of the crew of "Hook" Hobie. Hobie is an unscrupulous, sadistic fire scarred usurer loaning money in instances deemed too risky for banks. Hobie's severed arm was replaced in part by a highly polished and sharp hook prosthesis. His high rates of interest were guaranteed by acts of violence including torture, maiming and killing. Hobie was presently involved in a bridge loan of 1.1 million dollars to Chester Stone owner of a failing optical company. Hobie was scheming to turn this into the stealing of the assets of the company and Stone himself to the tune of 17 million.

    Jodie and Reacher team up when he learns that Costello worked for the law firm in which Jodie was employed. They visit the medical clinic where General Garber had been treated. Speaking to the doctor, they find out that the general was doing a favor for an elderly couple that also used that clinic. He was investigating the status of their son, a helicopter pilot missing in action in Vietnam for 30 years. Costello was sent by the general to find Reacher, to help him investigate. The missing son's name was Victor Hobie.

    Reacher's and Hobie's fate move inexorably forward to formulate a crackling, tingling plot that has the reader thirsting for justice. Child really hits a home run with "Tripwire" resurrecting Reacher's past to give us a deeper understanding of the psychology behind this fascinating character....more info

  • Jack the evil killer
    I continue to enjoy Mr. Childs books, Jack Reacher is unbelievable galloping you through the book with exciting and stimulating moves. A double shot of Macho, a single of forensics, and a snifter of adventure with a champaign glass of tenderness makes for a great read. I will look forward to reading more of his writings at this point I have read five....more info
  • Hard Work
    This is the first of Child's books I have read and I can't say it has inspired me to read any more. There is a good story hiding somewhere in between the dense description, but by about half way through it becomes so tiresome getting there that I lost all sympathy with the characters. Child is able to spend pages describing the simple act of getting ready for bed, and many sections, even chapters, fail to advance the plot in any way.

    The plot itself is pretty transparent, there are no twists waiting for us along the way - we are given everything on a plate pretty early on then tortured to sit through over 500 pages for it to play out. If two hundred pages had been shaved off, Child would have had a great book on his hands - my blame lies with the editor on this one.

    At times the characters are interesting, but most of the time they act in unnatural ways to contrive future action, or to spell out exposition for the reader. Child is clearly a writer who is into detail, but he has gone way too far here and left nothing for the most important part of any book - imagination. ...more info
  • Very much of a nailbiter
    This is the first of the Jack Reacher novels I've read that ties in to others. I very much recommend reading DIE TRYING first as Leon Garber, Reacher's former commanding officer, is a prominent character.In TRIPWIRE, Reacher is approached by a PI and denies being the Jack Reacher the detective is looking for. The investigator is killed shortly afterwards and Reacher discovers he was hired by Garber's daughter to discover whether a MIA from the war in Vietnam is alive or not. The perspective of the novel switches back and forth between Reacher, the villain who appears to be the missing soldier, and the husband and wife victims of a financial takeover by the bad guy.All in all this is the tense thriller one expects from Lee Child. I find it to be absolute top rate and I quite enjoyed seeing Reacher as more of an investigator this time.This also deals with a crucial period of Reacher's life in which he is forced to come to grips with what he wants in life. This novel and the next, RUNNING BLIND, deal with an important life decision Reacher must make. This is of course a subplot and in no way takes away from the action and suspense of the main plot. This is the 4th Jack Reacher bok I've read, the 3rd in the series, and definitely is a personal favorite. ...more info
  • Fun and interesting!
    This was my first Lee Child and I loved it. Reacher is a superb character who can kick anyone's butt, and thats the kind of stuff I love. Bring on the invincible heroes. This book was fun, fast, and Child has a smooth writing style that I found engaging. This is the first of many for me....more info
  • JACK REACHER
    LEE CHILD WRITES FASINATING BOOKS. THIS IS ONE OF HIS BEST. I HOPE HE NEVER ENDS HE REACHER SERIES...more info
  • Not even enough for a movie!
    This was my first Lee Child novel and I was quite surprised that this superficial character "Jack Reacher" whose name even lacks imagination has warranted ten separate books so far.

    The entire story was predictable and even "the great revelation" about the villian at the end was no heart stopping surprise. The sub-plot characters - the Stones - had more depth and were more likeable than the main characters. Reacher is painted as a neanderthalian muscle bound freak who you half expect at some point to say "D-uh. What was the question again?"

    The ending was atrocious and incomplete but it complemented the lack of brains of Jack Reacher. He had time to properly plan but still found himself in a position where his own life and those he needed to protect were still at risk.

    This book was written as if by a novice whose development of subtlety would come in later years. Everything that the character needs later on to help him has an obvious explanation of how he got the skill or knowledge up front.

    An unlikeable character and a poorly written story. No more Jack Reacher for me....more info
  • Evil Doers and Military Cover-ups
    In, Tripwire, a tale of intrigue complicated by a military cover-up, Lee Child pulls the reader along with enough suspense to keep the pages turning, and the trip is enjoyable. However, the book drags in a few places, which could be fixed by tighter writing. Additionally, the hero, Jack Reacher, steps out of character now and then, as do some of the other characters, but all in all, it's a good read.

    Bob Avey, author of The Detective Elliot series
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  • Boring
    It's a good thing that I didn't read Lee Child's books in chronological order. Had I read Tripwire first, I may never have picked up another of his novels. Rather, this is the last of six of his books, and this one had to be tackled rather than read.

    Child became my favorite after John Sandford's "prey" books ran their course. Child has always been wordy, but Tripwire reads like a book by Thomas Hardy only longer, and Hardy was a guy who once described England's heath in 15 pages. Of course, Hardy was paid by the word (the first author to do so, btw).

    Tripwire was a chore, but I don't think that that should put you off his other books. Although it introduced a new girlfriend, you can learn all about her in the following book. Child does one thing very well: he introduces his primary character, Reacher, sparingly and in little detail after his first book, Without Fail. Reacher isn't that complicated. He's ex-military police, living sparingly, with super-human powers. What more do you need to know?...more info
  • Good But Not Perfect
    I like mystery novels. Novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I saw these Jack Reacher novels next to Lincoln Child's works in the bookstore, and made a gamble. About 8 months later, I'm glad I made that gamble. These books are good, easy to read, and they can get addicting. The only thing that's keeping me from giving these five stars are the endings. For some reason, I never feel like things were quite summed up well enough. Perhaps I prefer a book with a detailed d¨¦nouement. These books provide a story that will slowly suck you in, then keep you up all night one night, and leave you wondering "what if" and "what happens next?" after. Overall, great books, just missing something that is hard to put into words. ...more info
  • Suspenseful Reacher thriller with horrible villain !
    Child's third Jack Reacher novel, featuring our ex-MP investigator hero who likes to travel around anonymously, serves up more of the action-packed intrigue we have come to expect from the first two entries in this fine series. Reacher is digging pools in Key West, with a part-time strip-club bouncer job, when a New York PI comes looking for him. Refusing to reveal his identity, Reacher is soon sorry when the man turns up dead a few hours later. Having learned that a mysterious "Mrs. Jacob" hired the man, Jack sets out for NYC to find out what's going on. The "Jacob" woman is soon enough revealed to be Jack's ex-boss's daughter -- one who had a crush on Jack that was secretly reciprocated. Soon the secret is out and the romance is on!!

    Meanwhile, in the big city, the Stone family, owners of a third-generation optics firm, is dealing with an unscrupulous (to say the least!) money lender, "Hook" Hobie, who uses his prosthesis to do bodily harm to anybody and everybody that crosses him. Hobie is such a horrid villain that we're in dread of him all book long, creating a suspenseful wish to have Reacher off him as part of the climax -- would he?

    While some might quibble this novel has a few flaws the editors might have caught or tried to straighten out a little, we readers are so busy keeping up with the chasing of clues and tracking a sub-plot involving missing servicemen from Viet Nam, that we're motivated to buzz along right 'til a satisfying finish wraps up most [but not all (!)] of the main character situational outcomes. And like all the other Reacher stories we've sampled so far, a heavy serving of entertainment and enjoyment needed no dessert!...more info