“Twice the action. Twice the drama. Double the trouble.”
Co-written by Lee Child and Karin Slaughter, Cleaning The Gold sees the eponymous characters of Jack Reacher and Will Trent meet for the very first at the heart of America’s military, Fort Knox. Will Trent is undercover. His assignment is to investigate a twenty-two-year-old murder. His suspect’s name? Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher is on his own mission: to bring down a dangerous criminal ring operating at the heart of America’s military. Except now, there’s a bigger conspiracy at play – one that neither the special agent nor the ex-military cop could have anticipated. And the only option is for Jack Reacher and Will Trent to team up and play nicely. If they can…
The 23.6th book in the Jack Reacher series and the 8.5th book in the Will Trent series, I’m sure this book doesn’t highlight the brilliant things about Child’s or Slaughter’s writing or characters, as there’s just not enough time for that.
So it’s not a book for readers who haven’t read any of the books in either of the series. Instead, it’s for fans who would be excited to see these characters meet. And for that, it’s a great short story.
You don’t need to know anything about Trent or Reacher beforehand, as the book does work as a quick intro into these characters. But it does help to have ready-formed opinions about them to know what to expect.
There’s not a lot of heavy action or drama, both of which Trent and Reacher are known for, and it’s certainly not as dark as I would expect from a book involving Slaughter, but I did really enjoy it. It’s a quick and light read, and I’d definitely read more like this.