Are you a fan of Lee Child’s books? Have you been charmed (despite yourself) by Child’s loner anti-hero Jack Reacher? If you’ve read any of Child’s books, you’ll know that Reacher is a former Army Military Policeman with a strong sense of justice. He’s fiercely independent, and ruthlessly brutal. He’s also a big bruiser of a man at 6 ft 5 in and 250 lbs.

In the film adaptation of Child’s books, Jack Reacher will be played by Tom Cruise. Certainly not the first name that comes to mind based on the physical description. After all, Cruise is a very petite 5 ft 7 in. Now Tom Cruise is indubitably a box office draw, but Child’s fans are up in arms at Cruise’s casting. Many have lamented that Cruise is simply not right for the role.

Child himself has been extremely diplomatic, saying that he is “thrilled and grateful that anybody has an opinion at all [on the casting]” as it shws how much fans love the Reacher character. Child has acknowledged that Cruise doesn’t fit his physical description of Reacher, but adds that there aren’t many actors who would. Child added that while Cruise might not look exactly like how he described Reacher, he had the feel of the character, and this to Child was the most important element.

Check out how Tom Cruise does as Jack Reacher in this trailer for the movie that will be released in December this year. Do you think Cruise makes a good Reacher? If not, who would you have cast in the role? Let us know!


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Don't Know Jack by Diane Capri

Don’t Know Jack by Diane Capri (The Hunt for Reacher Series Book 1)

Despite the title, this isn’t a Jack Reacher book. It is, however, a very fun book to read. If you’re hoping to see Lee Child’s strapping anti-hero, you’ll be disappointed. Reacher doesn’t appear in the book, except in a very peripheral way – he’s the person who’s being hunted by two FBI agents named Kim Otto and Carlos Gasper. Apparently, someone big wants to offer Reacher a job he can’t refuse. The two agents  are sent off to Margrave in Georgia, where Reacher had his first adventure fifteen years ago. (Killing Floor by Lee Child.) Of course, Reacher’s no longer there, but it’s a place for the two agents to start hunting for him. But as we all know, Reacher lives off the grid, and he won’t be found unless he wants to be. So Otto and Gasper don’t find Reacher in Margrave, but they find the next best thing – police officer Roscoe from Killing Floor, and soon they’re helping her solve some murders in return for everything she can tell them about Reacher. This book is loads of fun for fans and non-fans of Reacher… even Lee Child himself is full of praise of the book. He says it’s “full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too. Kim Otto is a great, great character – I love her.”


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Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich is a huge name in the mystery genre, with more than 75 million books in print. It looks now like she’s only going to get bigger. Evanovich is best known for her Stephanie Plum books, having written eighteen novels featuring the lingerie salesgirl turned bounty hunter. The Stephanie Plum books are so popular that the first in the series, One for the Money, was recently made into a movie starring Katherine Heigl.

One for the Money by Janet EvanovichFans are already looking forward to the nineteenth Stephanie Plum adventure – Notorious Nineteen will be out in stores on November 20. But that’s not the big news. The big news is that Evanovich now has a deal for four additional books for the series, which means that she’ll have at least twenty-three books in the series. That’s enough to drive fans Plum crazy.

But here’s even bigger news. Evanovich will be starting a brand new mystery series with all-new characters. Evanovich will be tying up with Lee Goldberg, a screenwriter and author best known for writing scripts and tie-ins for top mystery shows such as Monk and Diagnosis: Murder.

Evanovich and Goldberg will work together on at least four books in the news series, and already the premise has caught my eye. The books will feature a female FBI agent name Kate Winslow, and it looks like Kate’s equivalent of Joe Morelli (or Ranger for that matter) will be a fugitive named Danny Cole. Mmmm, I can definitely see the potential there! The series’ publisher, Random House, is touting the project as “a thrilling combination of crime, romance, and adventure.”

The first book in the Evanovich-Goldberg series is set to make its debut in Fall 2013. Definitely something to look forward to, in addition to the Stephanie Plum books!

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Bloodline by James RollinsBloodline by James Rollins (SIGMA Force)

James Rollins’ eighth and latest SIGMA Force thriller Bloodline is just as exciting as all the other installments in this exciting techno-thriller series. This time, SIGMA Force is called in to deal with a kidnapping of a high-value target by Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa. Commander Gray Pierce, who heads up the team, is puzzled as to why SIGMA is being called in for what seems to be a random kidnapping. As it turns out, it’s not as random or routine as it seems. The victim is Amanda Gant-Bennett, the pregnant daughter of the President of the United States, and the kidnapping is just one step in The Guild’s latest nefarious and shadowy plans, and the quest for immortality. To save Amanda and her unborn child, SIGMA teams up with former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne, and his military war dog, Kane. It’s the usual combination of thrills, historical fact and (near believable) science that readers have come to expect from Rollins.

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Earlier this week, Amazon announced its Best Books of the Year So Far list, which comprises Amazon editors’ picks of the best books released between January and June 2012. The list includes an overall Top 20 list, as well as the top ten in a number of popular genres, such as romance, mystery and thrillers, and young adult, among others.

At the top of the list of best mystery books is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which also occupies the second spot in the Top 20 list. Other books on the list include Ace Atkins’ maiden attempt at a Spenser novel (post Robert B. Parker’s death), Mark Allen Smith’s debut novel The Inquisitor, as well as offerings from veteran authors Lisa Gardner and Phillip Kerr

Amazon’s Top Ten Mystery Books of the Year (So Far) are (in order of popularity):

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  2. Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon
  3. Defending Jacob by William Landay
  4. Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby by Ace Atkins
  5. Prague Fatale by Phillip Kerr
  6. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
  7. Catch Me by Lisa Gardner
  8. Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
  9. The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith
  10. Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith

Is your favorite mystery book on the list? Do you agree that these ten entries are the best mystery books of the year so far? Let us know!


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Punctured by Rex KuslerPunctured (Las Vegas Mystery) by Rex Kusler

This short snappy mystery is a lot of fun, and is the beginning of a series featuring Jim Snow, Las Vegas homicide detective turned professional poker player. In Punctured, Jim has to dust off his rusty detective skills to help his sister, Karen. Jim hasn’t seen Karen for years, even though he lives just a short drive from her, so it’s a surprise when he receives a desperate phone call from Karen. She tells Jim that her estranged husband has been murdered, and that she’s right at the top of the list of suspects. She swears she didn’t do it – even though she has motive. She’s the beneficiary of the dead man’s life insurance, plus she’s been living off the the insurance benefits for her past two husbands for years. Jim isn’t so sure that she’s innocent, but she’s family, so he starts an investigation that sees him traipsing from one Las Vegas location to another to solve the case. An entertaining whodunit.

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