Jack Reacher finds himself stranded in Bolton, South Dakota in Lee Child’s latest book, 61 Hours. He is just a passenger on a bus of elderly sightseers making their way West when the bus skids on a snowy highway. The town has to make some temporary accomodations for the bus travelers until a new bus can rescue them. Reacher had needed a lift and when he realized the original bus was not full , he paid the driver some cash and talked his way on as an extra passenger. Now he, too, is stuck in South Dakota in the middle of a snow storm and something doesn’t seem right. The police department seems to have the town in a lockdown and Reacher would really like to know why.
Several things are brewing. The local police have a witness to a methamphetamine transaction done in town. Although there are other witnesses, she is the only one ready to testify. The biker gang living several miles outside town seems to be the source of the drugs. In police custody is the the member of the gang responsible for the witnessed drug deal. There is also unrest at the Federal prison five miles outside of town. As the town tries to cope with a potential riot at the prison, closing town the biker camp and protecting the witness, Janet Salter, Reacher must decide if he wants to stay and in some way help the situation.
He is befriended by Officer Andrew Petersen and reluctantly befriended by Chief Holland. The police know that their entire situation may be led by forces outside their control. An international gangster called Plato may be calling the shots, and when the attorney, who seems to be the go-between between the biker and the cartel, is murdered, they all realize time is running out. They must protect the town and Salter at all costs.
Anyone who is a fan of Lee Child and his Jack Reacher novels knows the pace of the story will be non-stop and heart pounding. But even if you have never read Child, 61 Hours is a great starting point.