Review of “Cleaning the Gold” by Karin Slaughter and Lee Child

These two wildly popular authors of crime thrillers decided to see what happened if two of their main characters met and interacted. Jack Reacher and Will Trent both are working undercover in the same place: the United States Bullion Depository in Lexington, Kentucky, adjacent to the Fort Knox Army base.

In the course of this short novel, you learn a lot of fun facts about the gold vault of the U.S., and you get to see Will and Jack show off their prodigious memories and facility for numbers. The reaction of Will to Jack is highly amusing, and there is a lot of fun over Jack’s only possession – a dirty toothbrush stuck in his back pocket.

There is the usual confrontation between the good guys and the bad guys, and the ending is satisfying, although totally suggestive of a sequel.

Evaluation: I loved the way the authors worked together to display both their affection for their characters and for each other. I hope there is more to come; I thoroughly enjoyed this taste of what a new series would be like.

Rating: 4/5

Published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, 2019

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6 Responses to Review of “Cleaning the Gold” by Karin Slaughter and Lee Child

  1. Okay, I have read books by neither of these authors, but I am very VERY charmed by this idea. What a fun thing to do!

  2. Beth F says:

    Oh this sounds like a great experiment. *adding book to my library’s wish list*

  3. BermudaOnion says:

    Sounds like a winner to me!

  4. kaysreadinglife says:

    I had no idea this book even existed. Is it a novella or full length? Will Trent of one of my favorite characters ever, but I’ve not read any books about Reacher. My husband, on the other hand, has read every book about Reacher. Might have to try this one just to see those two characters together. Don’t even get my husband started on Tom Cruise playing Reacher! LOL

    • This is a novella. My husband has read every Reacher book also, but I have read a few. I like Reacher, but he doesn’t appeal to me as much as Will Trent. The combination of them is very cute however, and done so seamlessly I couldn’t detect that it was by two authors, although I knew it was!

  5. stacybuckeye says:

    Fun! I’ve read a Will Trent book, I think, but never kept up with the series. Maybe this would get me interested.

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