The Midnight Line by Lee Child

The Midnight Line by Lee Child

The Midnight Line by Lee Child is another in the Jack Reacher series. I sometimes have to wonder how he comes up with some of his diverse and compelling ideas – but then I think who cares, as long as I get to read them.

Jack Reacher looks into the window of a Mid-western town pawn shop and is surprised to see a West Point class ring. It dates from 2005. So hard to come by, it seems sad and strange that it would be pawned.

Reacher had been to West Point and he couldn’t imagine someone willingly giving something such as this up – if it was willingly.

It belonged to a female cadet who had graduated.

Reacher suspects the ring may have been stolen. Reacher interrogates the pawnbroker who says that the ring was sold to him by Jimmy Rat. He’s a biker who is also a nasty bit of work. Reacher ‘deals with’ the biker’s only to find out that the West Point ring had previously been in the possession of Arthur Scorpio, a fence who also has a laundromat in Rapid City, South Dakota. Reacher knows that Rat will have told Scorpio about him.

Reacher arrives in Rapid City and comes across a detective called, Gloria Nakamura. She has been tracking Scorpio and has tried to build a case against him with little success.

Reacher also meets a private investigator called Terrence Bramall. The PI had been hired by a woman called Tiffany Jane Mackenzie. She was desperate to find her sister, who was, he finds out, the owner of the ring. Her name being, Serena Rose Sanderson.

Reacher tricks Scorpio’s men into abducting him before he show’s them who’s boss! Eventually Arthur Scorpio gives Reacher a name – Seymour Porterfield. Reacher finds that this was the man who gave Scorpio the ring. But Scorpio has sent someone to kill Reacher.

He is consumed with a desire to find the owner of the ring. He tracks her across America to the west and on to a town called Mule Crossing in Wyoming. The plot is a real rollercoaster with crooks, illegal drugs and pharmaceutical companies with little in the way of ethics.

But as always this comes with a price as he tackles dishonest cops, bikers, thugs and a whole host of villains.

The Midnight Line is Lee Child’s twenty-second Jack Reacher book and was released in 2017.

Lee Child is one of the foremost writers of fiction around today and it’s easy to see why.

The Midnight Line de Lee Child é outro da série Jack Reacher. Às vezes tenho que me perguntar como ele surge com algumas de suas idéias diversas e atraentes – mas então acho que quem se importa, contanto que eu as leia.

Jack Reacher olha pela vitrine de uma loja de penhores no meio-oeste e fica surpreso ao ver um anel da classe de West Point. Data de 2005. Tão difícil de conseguir que parece triste e estranho que tenha sido penhorado.

Reacher tinha estado em West Point e não conseguia imaginar alguém desistindo de boa vontade de algo como isso – se fosse de boa vontade.

Pertencia a uma cadete que se formou.

Reacher suspeita que o anel pode ter sido roubado. Reacher interroga o penhorista, que diz que o anel foi vendido a ele por Jimmy Rat. Ele é um motociclista que também dá um trabalho desagradável. Reacher “lida com” o motociclista apenas para descobrir que o anel de West Point estava anteriormente nas mãos de Arthur Scorpio, um cerca que também tem uma lavanderia em Rapid City, Dakota do Sul. Reacher sabe que Rato deve ter contado a Escorpião sobre ele.

Reacher chega em Rapid City e se depara com uma detetive chamada Gloria Nakamura. Ela tem rastreado Escorpião e tentou construir um caso contra ele com pouco sucesso.

Reacher também conhece um investigador particular chamado Terrence Bramall. O PI havia sido contratado por uma mulher chamada Tiffany Jane Mackenzie. Ela estava desesperada para encontrar sua irmã, que era, ele descobre, a dona do anel. Seu nome era, Serena Rose Sanderson.

Reacher engana os homens de Escorpião para que o sequestrem antes que ele mostre quem manda! Eventualmente, Arthur Scorpio dá um nome a Reacher – Seymour Porterfield. Reacher descobre que este foi o homem que deu o anel a Escorpião. Mas Escorpião enviou alguém para matar Reacher.

Ele está consumido pelo desejo de encontrar o dono do anel. Ele a rastreia através da América para o oeste e em uma cidade chamada Mule Crossing em Wyoming. O enredo é uma verdadeira montanha-russa com vigaristas, drogas ilegais e empresas farmacêuticas com pouca ética.

Mas, como sempre, isso tem um preço quando ele enfrenta policiais desonestos, motociclistas, bandidos e toda uma série de vilões.

The Midnight Line é o livro de suspense de Jack Reacher de 22 segundos de Lee Child e foi lançado em 2017.

Lee Child é um dos maiores escritores de ficção da atualidade e é fácil perceber por quê.

The Quiller Memorandum by Adam Hall

The Quiller Memorandum espionage thriller

The Quiller Memorandum espionage thriller

This is one of the first and best adventure spy novels I read and I became a firm fan of Quiller and Adam Hall.

The Quiller Memorandum which was also known as The Berlin Memorandum was written by Adam Hall in 1965.  Hall introduced Quiller in this book as a British intelligence officer in the very secret body known as ‘the Bureau’. Quiller was also said to have been in the secret services during World War II. The Bureau is a shady organisation whose purpose was originally to prevent any possible increase in German militarism, such as a fourth Reich.

Quiller was a specialist in Nazi clandestine organizations such as the ‘ratlines’ which were used by Nazis to escape trial. The book is set in the mid-sixties where Quiller is seconded by the Bureau to give secret intelligence information to the Z Commission which is West Germany’s war crimes investigatitive agency. Quiller is persuaded by the bureau to investigate the plans of a secret Nazi secret. He readily does so, as the Nazis have killed one of his friends.

Adam Hall was a wonderful writer of espionage fiction. A classic read that is sure to enthrawl.

Aquesta és una de les primeres novel·les d’aventures i espies que vaig llegir i em vaig convertir en un ferm fan de Quiller i Adam Hall.

El Memoràndum Quiller, també conegut com a Memoràndum de Berlín, va ser escrit per Adam Hall el 1965. Hall va introduir Quiller en aquest llibre com a oficial d’intel·ligència britànic en el cos secret conegut com a “l’Oficina”. Es va dir que Quiller va estar als serveis secrets durant la Segona Guerra Mundial. L’Oficina és una organització obaga que el seu propòsit era originalment evitar qualsevol possible augment del militarisme alemany, com ara un quart Reich.

Quiller era un especialista en organitzacions clandestines nazis, com ara les “ratlines”, que eren utilitzades pels nazis per fugir del judici. El llibre es troba a mitjan anys seixanta, on Quiller és secundat per l’Oficina per donar informació d’intel·ligència secreta a la Comissió Z, que és l’agència d’investigació de crims de guerra d’Alemanya Occidental. Quiller és persuadit per l’oficina per investigar els plans d’un secret secret nazi. Ho fa fàcilment, ja que els nazis han matat un dels seus amics.

Adam Hall va ser un meravellós escriptor de ficció d’espionatge. Una lectura clàssica que segur que engrescarà.

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