Jack is a former Army MP. He left service after 13 years and has criss crossed the country ever since. He has no home, but is not homeless. He chooses to live with the clothes on his back and his toothbrush in his pocket. On his travels, he runs into many people and many situations. Some of those situations make him stick around a little longer and have a closer look.
Such is the case with Gone Tomorrow. Jack is riding the subway late at night in New York City. He has a bad feeling about the woman who is extremely nervous across the aisle. He suspects she may be a suicide bomber.
The opening line of the book is a classic:
"Suicide bomber are easy to spot. They give out all kinds of tell-tale signs. Mostly because they're nervous. By definition they're all first-timers."
When the woman dies in front of him, he sticks around to be interviewed by the police. When he meets her brother and learns more about her, he decides to do a little investigation on his own. And it leads to a former war hero who's making a run for the U.S. Senate, some old world mobsters who really don't like Jack. And a whole lot more than he bargained for....
Reacher is such a great character. He has a firm moral compass, carefully delineated lines on what's right and wrong, but has no problem using questionable methods to get to the bottom of things. He's big, strong, smart and not afraid of too much at all. For many of the people whose lives intersect with his, he is an unexpected hero.
If you're looking for some great escapist reading with lots of action, intrigue, an intricate plot that could be taken from today's headline, this newly released page turner from Random House Canada is one to pick up. I'll be waiting for number 14!