A Wanted Man (2012) Lee Child isn't making it easy for Tom Cruise, who's starring in Jack Reacher (this December's action film based on Child's ninth novel, One Shot… 2012-09-11 Thriller Delacorte
Book Review

A Wanted Man (2012)

ADVENTURE HERO Tom Reacher is back, but this time around, the novel is too sluggish to keep audiences interested
ADVENTURE HERO Tom Reacher is back, but this time around, the novel is too sluggish to keep audiences interested
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Sep 11, 2012; Writer: Lee Child; Genre: Thriller; Publisher: Delacorte

Lee Child isn't making it easy for Tom Cruise, who's starring in Jack Reacher (this December's action film based on Child's ninth novel, One Shot). He may be okay with Cruise playing his rugged hero Reacher, but on the second page of A Wanted Man Child reminds us the ex-military cop is ''a big man, six feet five inches tall, heavily built.'' Reacher needs that heft for his new adventure, which involves a terrorist cell, a murder in rural Nebraska, and a kidnapped cocktail waitress. Child's prose is muscular and fast-paced, though not speedy enough to make up for a convoluted plot that doesn't always track. B

Originally posted Aug 29, 2012 Published in issue #1223 Sep 07, 2012 Order article reprints