Jack Reacher, no middle name, is a tall man and a wanderer of a sort. At this time, his wanderings have taken him to South Dakota--in the winter. He had come on a tour bus, but became stranded in a town called Bolton. Unfortunately, this situation causes him to become embroiled in local troubles which start with a threatened witness in a drug case and end with a string of murders by a hidden assassin. Reacher must protect the witness, aid the local police, perhaps find the assassin, and avoid squatting pseudo-hippies.
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Best part of story, including ending:
Reacher takes his surroundings, be they people, events, or buildings, and connects the dots of the mystery in a picture of I didn't even notice. Details that seemed inconsequential revealed the antagonist in an ironic place.
Best scene in story:
Reacher is bluffing his way into some information from a large group of squatters in an abandoned facility. He intimidates them into answering without realizing they are.
Opinion about the main character:
I like Reacher because, in spite of his somewhat coarse nature, he still can be a genuine gentleman, or a hard-nose, as the situation requires.