Never Go Back, A Jack Reacher Novel, by Lee Child

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“Never Go Back” refers to Reacher’s former Northeastern Virginia headquarters where he served as CO of an elite military police team, but the real reason for going back started out 4 books back, in “61 Hours”, with a flirtatious telephone call to the women who currently has Reacher’s old job, Maj. Susan Turner.  

This book starts out with his returning, but it turns out to be a trap. Someone knew he was coming, and he is forced back into the military, arrested, and charged with homicide and even a paternity suit. At first this seems to just be aimed at getting him to run and never go back. The message is delivered by a couple of tough guys who fail to intimidate Reacher: of course!

Major Turner is also arrested shortly after Reacher arrives. Her replacement seems unqualified and allows a solider in Afghanistan to be killed.

Both Turner and Reacher find themselves locked up in adjacent cells, then escape together, quickly learning that they are both attracted to much more than just their phone voices. Turner thoughts about Reacher seem to reveal a level of lust that is a not seen before in the prior books.

Their escape sends them with little money fleeing West Virginia going cross country to Los Angeles where they investigate the paternity charge. Reacher meets the child who has some striking similarities to him. She is very tall for a teenage girl. They meet in a diner and her backtalk and way of thinking is very much Reacher style.

The plot is spread from a planned meeting with an Afghan tribal leader to LA neighborhoods ,and points between.

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  • “if you can't acquaint an opponent with reason, you must acquaint his head with the sidewalk.” ...

  • “How much do you work out?" ...

  • “Like they were puppets, and the puppeteer had sneezed.” ...

  • “A person either runs or he fights. ...