July 1977. Jack Reacher is almost seventeen, and he stops in New York on his way from South Korea to visit his brother at West Point. The summer heat is suffocating, fires are raging in the Bronx, the city is bankrupt, and the mad gunman known as Son of Sam is still on the loose.
Reacher meets a woman with a problem, and agrees to help her.
Reviewed on 15th August 2013
Another short story about the young Jack Reacher, this tale focuses in on the character as a sixteen year old visiting New York and typically getting mixed up in something.
It's a good short tale that reveals a little about Reacher's background, and kept me entertained on a 45-minute train journey. The action is just like that in any entry of the main series, though the pace much higher to suit the format.
Ultimately though I didn't feel it was as strong as the pre joys young-Reacher adventure and it felt more like a quick prequel than a proper character piece.