Night School

Written by Lee Child

Review written by Adam Colclough

Adam Colclough lives and works in the West Midlands, he writes regularly for a number of websites, one day he will get round to writing a book for someone else to review.


Night School
Bantam Press
RRP: £20
Released: November 7 2016
HBK

Called to Washington (back in his army days), Jack Reacher is given a medal and then a mission, one so secret that for the duration of the assignment, he and the other 'assets' involved won’t officially exist. It will take him to Germany on the trail of a secret from the darkest days of the Cold War and to confront a very modern terrorist plot.

A new Jack Reacher novel is an event with all the associated risks of disappointment but thankfully this one, more than lives up to the high expectations of this best-selling series. Child touches all the bases his readers have come to expect with sufficient style to suggest he is doing far more than going through the motions.

He creates a believable setting in a Germany poised between being a potential battleground in a clash between super-powers and the beginning of a new sort of war where the front-line(s) could be anywhere. The plot looks back to the early days of the cold war, a time when both sides often ‘thought the unthinkabl’ as a response to the risks posed geopolitically in a changing and dangerous world. Child links that era, to what would become the first moves in what we refer today, as the 'war on terror’

As ever, Child shows himself to be a master of the game of building up narrative tension page by page, while keeping the action thundering along. In Reacher he has created one of the outstanding characters in the thriller genre; a man too world-weary to be a hero, and too decent to be the cynic he thinks he is.

Long-standing series, even ones that sell around the world in the volumes that Lee Child’s Reacher novels do, are often subject to the law of diminishing returns. Night School is the 21st novel in the series and side-steps that trend with no sign of running out of steam any time soon.

Highly Recommended 

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