I've been hearing a lot about Lee Child since I opened my bookstore, and his books generally sell pretty quickly, so when someone brought in a set of 20 or so novels, I grabbed the first one to check it out. The writing is pretty solid and the scenes are cinematically described. The mystery aspect of the book kind of threw me for a loop when it was revealed about halfway through. *SPOILER ALERT* I wasn't expecting counterfeiting to be the focus of the criminal activity here, but found it to be a bit less dry than I initially thought it would be. Actually there were a number of interesting facts presented that I assume were based on research. Probably the least appealing aspect of the book to me was the character of Jack Reacher himself. Much like Lucas Davenport in John Sandford's Prey series (or at least the first book), Jack Reacher is a fairly unlikable person. But the plot held my interest and kept me reading. I'd be interested to see how (or if) Reacher develops as the series continues.