A Wanted Man: Lee Child

Short, declarative sentences. Sharp, snappy dialogue. A flexible moral compass. Just get the job done. It must be Jack Reacher. From the bestseller lists, a very “wanted man.”

One caveat: Child’s novels are all so very clearly delineated in terms of story arc, character and style that it wasn’t until Chapter Six that I wasn’t entirely sure I hadn’t read this one before.

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One Perfect Lie: Lisa Scottoline

Unlike other popular genre writers so prolific that their output (and quality!) could only be attributed to sweat shops of child writers in Bangladesh or Indonesia, Scottoline actually writes a realistic thriller that has characters we care about. Not a note out of tune.