Women want him, men want to be him – Jack Reacher

As well as watching a considerable amount of Glee at the weekend,  I also had my head stuck in Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher book 61 Hours.   In many ways I am the complete opposite of Jack Reacher;

  • he’s 6-foot, broad-shouldered and rugged whereas I am average height and rugged is probably the last word you would use to describe me.
  • he’s an ex-military tough guy, I’m a librarian and couldn’t scare anybody if I tried.
  • his only possessions are the clothes on his back, but it took 15 large boxes just to move all my books last time I moved flats (I’m only slightly obsessed, I swear!).

I’m sure I could give you more examples, but these just show you what extreme opposites Jack Reacher and myself are.   I prefer to live my live vicariously through Jack Reacher and other characters such as Harry Bosch, Charlie Parker and Mikael Blomkvist.  These characters can do the things that I would never do myself and I know that I would react very differently if placed in the same situations. 

What makes Lee Child’s latest book, 61 Hours, so exciting is the countdown throughout the book.  It starts at 61 hours (obviously) with the tour bus that Jack Reacher’s on crashing on a snowy highway just outside of the town of Bolton in South Dakota.  You know as you read that time is counting down to something but you don’t find out until the end of the book so you just have to keep reading to find out.

If you’re a Lee Child fan, he’s going to be in Christchurch next Thursday (15 April) so you can get to meet the man himself.  He’ll be signing his books at Borders Riccarton from 11.30am-12 noon, Paper Plus Riccarton from 12.00-12.30pm, and Whitcoulls Cashel St from 1.00-1.45pm.  He is also doing a Literary Liason at the James Hay Theatre  at 7pm if you want to hear him discuss his books and Jack Reacher (Tickets $15 at Ticketek).

6 thoughts on “Women want him, men want to be him – Jack Reacher

  1. Joyce 8 April 2010 / 2:16 pm

    What worries me about Jack Reacher and his meagre possessions, is that the dude doesn’t appear to own even a deoderant. 6ft 5 inches and always fighting, leaping out of planes, trains etc, wouldn’t he pong a bit?
    Endless women fall for his rugged manliness but I think he knocks them out with his body odour not his charm.

  2. John Ferebee 25 April 2010 / 6:13 am

    Joyce’s comment in excellent, us men readers wouldn’t have thought of that. He does seem to always take a shower before.

  3. joyciescotland 26 April 2010 / 4:09 pm

    Thanks John. I enjoyed the one and only Lee Child novel I’ve read but I did get awfully distracted musing on the whiffy question.
    I literally banged into Lee Child in Whitcoulls when he was in Christchurch recently and I was tempted to asked him about Reacher’s deoderising solutions.

  4. John Ferebee 26 April 2010 / 4:16 pm

    I’m going to Los Angeles book convention in June and Lee will be there. I’ll ask him for you and report back.

  5. joyciescotland 27 April 2010 / 12:43 pm


  6. Breadfish 21 October 2011 / 1:52 am

    Good thought – I love Reacher and never considered this either…
    Maybe the girls love him so much they don’t care, maybe his skin is like dredlocks and doesn’t require cleaning; maybe it cleanses itself…

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