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Cleaning the Gold

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Get ready for a turbo-charged short listen from two of the world’s biggest thriller writers.

Jack Reacher and Will Trent.

Twice the action.
Twice the drama.
Double the trouble.

Will Trent is undercover at Fort Knox. His assignment: to investigate a 22-year-old murder. His suspect's name: Jack Reacher. 

Jack Reacher is in Fort Knox on his own mission: to bring down a dangerous criminal ring operating at the heart of America’s military. Except now Will Trent is on the scene.

But there’s a bigger conspiracy at play - one that neither the special agent nor the ex-military cop could have anticipated. And the only option is for Jack Reacher and Will Trent to team up and play nicely. If they can.... 

©2019 Karin Slaughter and Lee Child (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Like Reachers to the Slaughter!


A fascinating idea, pitting two of the biggest heroes of popular modern thriller writing up against each other. Will Trent pursuing Jack Reacher about pretty much the opening incident in the Jack Reacher series; his arrest in Margrave that starts the adventure in Killing Floor. It's an excellent premise and I enjoyed revisiting those events.

Two things are obvious from the start, firstly this comes across as much more a Karin Slaughter project than a Lee Child one. Secondly, Slaughter is a Jack Reacher fan too given the write-up she gives him! She seems to have done most of the writing with the chapters alternating between Trent's point of view and Reacher's with Trent getting most of the say. Each is written very much to the relevant author's style with Child's punchy, no-frills approach contrasting nicely with Slaughter's more rounded prose. The narration is split accordingly with the superb gravelly tones of Master Harding taking the Reacher parts.

It's a good little story too and one of the many signs that show that a short story is a good one is that I felt it could well have gone on for longer. Funnily enough, while both men get conclusions to their missions in this one the rather abrupt ending very clearly signposts that there will be more of this joint venture to come which, to be honest, I'm all for! That ending is particularly abrupt though especially when you leave the last fifteen minutes for a work break only to find out that the last dozen or so of that is actually a short excerpt from 'The Last Widow', which is the upcoming next instalment in the Will Trent series.

So, happy with my purchase, and I will be happy if this does continue to develop the chemistry between the two men a little further.

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Not the best

Unexpected finish to story with no exciting skirmishes with Reacher and the baddies. Have read better

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average

couldn't get into the Lee child parts of the book. thought it was abit drawn out and didnt flow aswell as I'm used to. found my brain seifting off whilst listening, not staying focused on the story, some bits sound quality wasnt so good either