Note: This review is by my husband Jim.
Make Me is the latest of 20 “Jack Reacher” novels by Lee Child. I have read about 8 of them, and although they are a bit formulaic, this is one of the best, if not the best.
Jack Reacher, according to the author, is 6’5” and 220-250 pounds, with a 50” chest. [You may wonder why he was played by Tom Cruise in the 2012 film “Jack Reacher.” Apparently this had something to do with Tom Cruise having the money to finance the film.] In any event, Reacher served in the Army 13 years, and mustered out at age 36 with the rank of major. Now he just roams around the United States investigating suspicious situations and usually killing people – but only bad guys.
The novel begins with Reacher getting off a train in the God-forsaken town of Mother’s Rest, somewhere in Oklahoma, so far off the beaten trail that there is no cell phone service, not that Reacher carries a cell phone. There he encounters a stereotypically “slinky babe” and some very strange and unfriendly behavior from the local populace. Child does a nice job of keeping the reader in suspense about the nature of why the locals are so unfriendly and what the novel is actually about. As usual, Reacher handles the bad guys (killing 12 of them and putting two others in the hospital), and the good girl with military efficacy. We also learn a little about the dark part of the internet. I don’t see what the title has to do with the story, but that is a small cavil.
Published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House, 2015