A sniper kills five people from his perch in a parking garage and sets up former marine sniper, James Barr, for the killings.
When questioned, Barr refuses to talk but tells his attorney, get Jack Reacher.
Reacher arrives at Barr's sister's request but has no love for Barr. Reacher knows that Barr did kill a number of people during his time in the marines. Even though the people he killed in Kuwait City may have deserved their fate, Reacher arrives with the goal of helping the prosecution.
The defense attorney, Helen Rodin, is up against her father, as the prosecutor. Her father has a strong record of convictions and advises her not to take the case.
Helen decides to defend Barr anyway and convinces Reacher to look at the evidence. When he does, he feels that it's too good to be true. Then, he begins to dissect each part of the evidence against Barr.
Reacher is still adverse to helping defend Barr but when he leaves Helen's office, someone tries to set him up for a beating. He turns the tables on the attackers and becomes more interested in helping Helen defend Barr.
Reacher shows again that he's the one person who could be counted on when there seems no hope. His military training as a homicide investigator makes him more analytical and his physical size and skills with weapons gives him the tools he needs to overcome his adversaries.
This is a well plotted novel. Lee Child has the ability to make the person that Reacher is helping into a sympathetic character and Reacher is the savior. Parts of this story were predictable but the story kept me turning the pages to see how Reacher would achieve an almost impossible goal.
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