Laura Gonzalez


10 Nov 2018

Without Fail (Jack Reacher #6) by Lee Child****

Reading dates: 2 October – 8 November 2018

This is my favourite Reacher so far. Perfect pace, perfect level of reveal. Reacher is cool and calm, gets a partner, gets a girl and works things out, rather than spends page after page, punching, trapping and shooting. The plot is about an assassination threat to the vice-president of the US so there are anonymous letters, and the secret service and FBI get involved. We get to know Reacher better through a little bit of family history revealed and this enhances the book considerably. Geographically, we move between North Dakota, D.C., Georgetown and Wyoming and the contrast works in the writing. The baddies are clever and efficient, a good match for Reacher. My only issue is with the resolution, when the baddies turn out to be less clever and efficient all of a sudden. Yes, indeed, the whole mess has to be resolved somehow but after weeks of grief, it all gets done in 10 minutes, and it feels insubstantial and dissatisfying.

I am going to give Reacher a rest before carrying on with the series through #4, which I missed.

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One Response to “Without Fail (Jack Reacher #6) by Lee Child****”

  1. Tracy said:

    I quite like Jack Reacher books and have read numerous over the years. Recently I read American Assassin by Vince Flynn and I would recommend it. Netflix made it into a film too.

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I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.