BOOK REVIEW: Never Go Back
By Lee Child (Bantam Press, RRP $38)
There's an old adage about never going back because, most often, things are likely to be different and disappointing.
Jack Reacher is lured back "home", to his old army HQ, by the siren-like voice of the present commander of his old unit.
Physically, little has changed, just the names and faces. However, that's not the difficulty he has to face; by going back he has has set into motion a plan that will cause him no end of problems.
If this is your first Reacher novel, then it is as good a place to start as any. It does come in a chronological link with most of the previous stories but, in the finest tradition of such "hero" series, each novel stands alone successfully.
If you're a Jack Reacher fan, you'll be picking up the book anyway and putting it down only when you have to. Lee Child has a popular formula and this latest offering runs happily true to form: Bad guys, smart good- looking women, clever thinking and logical solutions, a little violence and the elemental force that is Jack Reacher.