That will happen in every Jack Reacher novel.
- There will be a mole.
- A brawl early on in which Reacher will face seemingly long odds — three against one? Eight against one? — but dispatch them quickly, effortlessly, with clinical detail of his strategy.
- A beautiful woman with a dark secret.
- Whom Reacher will have sex with.
- A villain who is more sadistic than you thought possible or perhaps even necessary.
- He or she will also be at the top of a large conspiracy, with considerable financial assets or influence.
- Reacher will get new clothes, and throw away his old ones.
- Reacher will say nothing.
- Reacher will drink coffee.
- In the climactic battle, he will have some kind of handicap. Maybe he’s been shot. In “61 Hours” he’s fighting a guy who’s just 4’10″ — but in a room with a five-foot ceiling, so he has to be on his knees. Maybe he’ll be taking on an entire militia.
- He’ll realize he’d got it all wrong, and immediately come up with a new theory about what is happening.
Eleven? So sue me, a top ten list sounded better as a title. Formulaic? Yeah, but I can’t stop reading them.
There are two more I have to track down and read, and a new one is coming out in mid-October.