John Rambo, Harry Bosch, Elvis Cole’s partner Joe Pike and other veterans of the Vietnam War era — who have served hard-boiled fiction so well over the past three decades — are getting too old for the sort of mayhem their authors would have them perform.

Enter Lee Child’s series character, Jack Reacher. A West Point graduate and former military cop, he served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Standing 195 cm tall, he’s a seasoned brawler, and while adept at firearms, he typically overcomes multiple assailants through brute physical strength and sheer meanness.

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