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Reacher back on streets

BOOK REPORT

With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to check out next. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant releases available here at the library.

Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call (717) 436-6378 to have a helpful library staff member assist you.

*Please note: we have interfiled our young adult (YA) books with our adult books. We also now have overhead signage that points out where certain sections of books and media are.*

Blue Moon by Lee Child (Jack Reacher Book #24)

After Reacher saves an old man from a mugging, he finds out the man and his wife went into hock to get money for their daughter’s lifesaving medical treatment. Meanwhile, in the unnamed city where the novel is set, the Albanian and Ukrainian crime bosses who have divvied up the territory are vying to see who can take over for good before the appointment of a new police commissioner.

The sudden appearance of Reacher makes each crime boss suspect he’s an agent for outside forces and accelerates the body count between them. That this is the best premise for a Reacher novel in some time, even if it’s partly lifted from Akira Kurosawa’s film Yojimbo, can’t quite disguise that something has gone off in the series.

Reacher’s apologies to a suffering old couple that there’s not much he can do isn’t really what we want in a hero–especially one who has always taken such pleasure in pissing off bullies. Whenever the plot shifts to the machinations between the rival gangsters it bogs down in exposition. And while Reacher’s fights have always been amusing, the series has never developed the dark ability to turn the violence into a deadpan sick joke. The carnage here should be funnier the more extreme it gets. It’s not bad, but it’s far from the tight, nifty execution that made the Reacher books so much fun to begin with. You can find this book in our New Adult Fiction section.

Bookshots…Here are some quick book recommendations that include star ratings I give them or whether you should skip it, borrow it, or buy it.

Edison by Edmund Morris (5 stars)

The Rise of Magicks: Chronicles of the One, Book 3 by Nora Roberts (5 stars)

Spy by Danielle Steel (3.5 stars)

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Vince Giordano has been the director of the Juniata County Library since 2015. Support the library today! Visit www.juniatalibrary.org/donate.

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