Reacher seeks revenge
Strolling along a street in Boston, in front of Symphony Hall, Reacher is stunned to see a face from his past. A face that he expected never to see again, since he had eliminated the guy 10 years ago, while still an Army MP: a very bad guy, a traitor, in fact, as well as a sadist and murderer.
Soon, Reacher finds himself embroiled in a complicated coverup/scam of the sort that can so easily go wrong, alone in a houseful of scary mob-types on a desolate headland just south of Portland, Maine. He needs to find out what happened to a DEA agent that had been sent into the house, get the skinny on what exactly the Beck family is involved in, and get his final revenge on Quinn, who seems to be somehow involved as the mastermind here. A sexy encounter with his DEA handler, Susan Duffy, provides the necessary light relief from all the tension, because Jack is really on his own, more than ever, in this really creepy tale. At one point, his only way to get out of the mansion is to climb down a drainpipe and swim (in the Atlantic Ocean, in November, no less --a thing that can barely be done in August, truth be told) to get to a meeting with his backup people. Jack prevails, naturally, but the way he gets from here to there in this book makes it one of my favorite Reacher novels. Highly recommended.