Me against them. Not the first time. And not the last.

Prior to reading GONE TOMORROW, I had taken a bit of a break from the Jack Reacher novels.

Frankly put, NOTHING TO LOSE, the 12th book in the series, wasn’t very good. Without an obvious villain for Reacher to fight, his determination to figure out what was happening in the town of Despair never made much sense to me.

In GONE TOMORROW, Child corrects this error with a compelling mystery and villains who are easy to hate. The book opens with Reacher on a New York subway, staring at a woman demonstrating all the signs of a suicide bomber. This encounter, along with Reacher’s well-established stubbornness, draws him into a mystery that pits him against national security agents, the FBI, the CIA, and even Al-Qaeda.

It’s all just a bit over the top, and like more than a few Reacher books, if you spend too much time scrutinizing the plot, the whole thing falls apart. But as always, Reacher’s voice and view of the world are fun to dive back into, and it’s always a joy to watch him tear apart villains you genuinely dislike.