"You can leave the army, but the army doesn't leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher -- and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA.
Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott -- an American marksman gone bad -- is one of them. And after fifteen years in prison, he's out, unaccounted for, and likely drawing a bead on a G-8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin.
If anyone can stop Kott, it's the man who beat him before: Reacher. And though he'd rather work alone, Reacher is teamed with Casey Nice, a rookie analyst who keeps her cool with Zoloft. But they're facing a rough road, full of ruthless mobsters, Serbian thugs, close calls, double-crosses -- and no backup if they're caught. All the while Reacher can't stop thinking about the woman he once failed to save. But he won't let that that happen again. Not this time. Not Nice.
Reacher never gets too close. But now a killer is making it personal.
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For those who feverishly wait for each new Jack Reacher book like I do, you know that Reacher operates on his own anywhere in the U. S. of A. He rides buses or hitchhikes from town to town, and usually picks up a few civilians on the way (usually an attractive woman) who he tries to help out of bad jams. This book is different. We still have an attractive woman, but it's not her mess that they're trying to fix, but an international emergency. The job takes Reacher and Casey Nice to Paris and to London. They are on the trail of a guy who Reacher put in prison 17 years ago. This ex-con is on his own mission, and he would like nothing better than to give Jack Reacher what he thinks he deserves while he does the job he's being paid for. Kott, besides being an ex-con, is an infamous and talented sniper. Even though he was locked up for 17 years he honed his skills even more in prison, and he is now a finely tuned killing machine. Jack puts himself in considerable peril while he tries to get his man, but he handles it all in his usual straightforward and brusque manner.I really enjoyed the book and I was ranking it as a 5-star book until the last chapter. The ending to the book is unexpected and unbelievable. It was a disappointment to me, so thus the 4-star rating I have given the book.