I won’t spoil “Persuader” for you, but I do want to talk about why this book is my favorite of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books, and also one I never expected to get the Prime Video treatment. After a truly shocking opening (the series would be wise to stretch out the first big reveal as long as possible), much of “Persuader” takes place in a dilapidated, isolated New England mansion inhabited by a mysterious criminal, his family, and his family. A small army of bodyguards. For uh reasons, Jack Reacher snuck into the house and joined the security crew. Then the bodies start piling up because “Persuader” is actually a “Friday the 13th” movie, except Jason Voorhees is a hunky former military police officer turned drifter with a dangerous grudge. Or, given the setting of the old mansion, think of it as an Agatha Christie murder mystery, where the killer is also the hero and he just kills everyone.
It’s wild. It’s violent. It’s the most uncomfortable thing a Reacher novel has ever made me because of its violence and action, and I’ve read most of those books at this point. The thought of seeing it come to life, of seeing Ritchson take on some of the scenes that linger in my memory, makes the dark parts of my animal mind go dizzy. “Persuader” would not be my recommendation for the first Jack Reacher book, as it would have been a poor choice for the first season. But for a third season? The timing is right. We know this version of Reacher well enough to follow him into the abyss, and the show has gained a lot of practice in staging his shout-outs and fights to the death. It’s time to see if the show’s audience is willing to indulge in the glorious ugliness of my favorite Lee Child book of all time. bring it.
Seasons 1 and 2 of Reacher are now streaming on Prime Video.