Thursday, July 19, 2012
61 Hours by Lee Child
This was the 14th Jack Reacher novel and the 14th Lee Child novel I've read. You know from previous posts that I am a huge Jack Reacher fan. This is one of his best. It received the Steel Dagger Award and NPR listeners rated it #54 in their list of Top 100 Killer Thrillers.
When studying how to increase tension in a thriller, one of the often praised but seldom actually seen methods is the ticking clock. 61 Hours is all about the clock. As the 61 hours count down, the reader never knows what is going to happen at the 61 hour mark. Most chapters end with a reference to how many hours are left. And each time you can feel the tension ratchet up a little more. You want to know what is going to happen at the 61 hour mark.
A great read. Don't miss it.