A Jack Reacher novel from Lee Child. The novel is now a movie with the tall muscular Jack Reacher replaced by the short Tom Cruise. The movie is named "Jack Reacher" and stars Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, Jai Courtney, Alexia Fast and Werner Herzog.
A gunman shoots people on a Friday afternoon. The next day James Barr is arrested and asks for Jack Reacher. Jack sees something on the news and heads over to Indiana to make sure James Barr is executed. Everything happens in a few days. The twists are complicated. It is an exciting read. It is not a hard read. Lee Child keeps a good balance between the extremes needed for drama and believability.
Friday. Five o'clock in the afternoon. Maybe the hardest time to move unobserved through a city. Or, maybe the easiest. Because at five o'clock on a Friday nobody pays attention to anything. Except the road ahead.
The man with the rifle drove north. Not fast, not slow. Not drawing attention. Not standing out. He was in a light-coloured minivan that had seen better days. He was alone behind the wheel. He was wearing a light-coloured raincoat and the kind of shapeless light-coloured beanie hat that old guys wear on the golf course when the sun is out or the rain is falling. The hat had a two-tone red band all round it. It was pulled low down. The coat was buttoned up high. The man was wearing sunglasses, even though the van had dark windows and the sky was cloudy. And he was wearing gloves, even though winter was three months away and the weather wasn't cold.