Review: Past Tense by Lee Child

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Lee Child’s Jack Reacher excels at the art of the putdown, followed by a punch Lee Child’s Jack Reacher excels at the art of the putdown, followed by a punchMARK LENNIHAN/AP

Lee Child’s Jack Reacher thrillers are famously unputdownable; they are equally hard to stop listening to, thanks to Jeff Harding’s expert matching of his narration to Reacher’s laconic, no-nonsense personality. Child writes in short sentences. Often exceptionally short. Often without a verb. Harding delivers these in a low-key way that makes the most of Child’s terse humour.

If you’re a fan, then you’ll be fascinated by Reacher’s pursuit of his family’s history in Past Tense (firmly lodged high in the bestseller lists). If you haven’t read any Jack Reacher, you have a treat in store. He excels at the art of the putdown, followed by a punch. But he is as sensitive as Sherlock Holmes to telling details in the way people present themselves, and…

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