Malcolm Gladwell writing in The New Yorker about the Jack Reacher novels. An excerpt:
Lee Child has now written twenty Jack Reacher novels. In each, Reacher kills roughly a dozen people—which means, if you do the math, that he’s murdered somewhere north of two hundred people in the course of his lifetime in fiction. That’s a lot of killing, and in “Make Me” the bodies seem to pile up faster than usual. For example, there is an intense set piece in a gated community outside Phoenix. Reacher has to confront three heavily armed bad guys aiming to do some serious damage while simultaneously protecting the hysterical family that has stumbled, for complicated reasons, into the middle of the madness. Reacher doesn’t have a gun, naturally. He has to get one from the bad guys, protect the family and kill lots of people, all in a really short period of time.