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Books with main character like Jack Reacher

Discussion in 'Books and Anime Discussion' started by James, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. James

    James Professor

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    Hey all,

    Looking for cop/detective/spy thrillers with distinctive BAMF!MC, something like Lee Child's Jack Reacher.

    Now, main protags in these genres often fall into certain tropes: you've got the boy-scout (~captain america), the alcoholic with inner strength (~bruce willis), or the PTSD post army type (~Rambo?). These tropes usually direct what type of drama/personal development is in the book, I don't enjoy these mentioned, and I'm especially tired of alcoholic/burn-out, but inside actually top gun cops.

    Jack Reacher, on the other hand, has this sort of zen like quality about him: he knows what he wants in his life, and even though life sometimes takes him different places and he thinks about e.g. settling down, in the end he sort of gets back to his equlibrium. If he has to make hard/unclear decisions, he just makes them, and if they turn out bad, he's like "well, shit, in the hindsight it wasn't good choice. Too bad." and just moves on without too much angst.

    This the thing I'm looking for. I don't care much neither about the setting, nor about particulars of the character, I'd just like to get recommendations for cop/detective/spy thrillers where the MC has this particular quality about him (or her! I'd love good woman MC). Maybe a bit less cookie-cutter plot would be appreciated, but I'm okay with the same plot quality (in better JR books :D)

    Pinging @The-Hyphenated-One @Mage @Gabrinth, who I know from search like Jack Reacher and might have found comparable stories.

    Thank you!
     
  2. Trig

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    If you enjoy scifi I'd suggest Altered Carbon, first book in the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy. Ignore the bad TV-adaptation. The main character borders some of the tropes you mentioned, but I think he definitely exemplifies this self-assured quality you're looking for.
     
  3. TheWiseTomato

    TheWiseTomato Tactical Tomato DLP Supporter

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    If you want the Australian version of Jack Reacher, try the Les Norton books by Robert G Barrett. They're very...Australian. 'You Wouldn't Be Dead For Quids' is the first in the series and a good place to start. The MC is a bouncer at a Kings Cross illegal casino, so it's not exactly a detective MC, but they're still ripper reads.
     
  4. The-Hyphenated-One

    The-Hyphenated-One Chief Warlock DLP Supporter

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    Nick Petrie and his Peter Ash novels.

    Mark Greaney and his Grey Man novels.

    Gregg Hurwitz and his Orphan X novels.

    Terry Hayes and his book I am Pilgrim

    Vince Flynn and his character Mitch Rapp (not as much of a loner, more Captain America type)

    Brad Thorr and his character Scot Harvath (also more of a team player than Reacher)
     
  5. Puzzled

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    Tom Clancy's Without Remorse fits. John Clark is a recurring side character in Clancy's universe, and Without Remorse is his origin.
     
  6. Gengar

    Gengar Polymagus Prestige DLP Supporter

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    As cliche as Reacher seems sometimes, I've actually found it hard to find many novels based around characters like him.

    Often you get the cia/super spy stuff like Rapp and Harvath (which I read and enjoy), but I struggle to find the bamf sherlock types on Audible.

    The Penderghast books are cool. I've only read the first few because the blurbs for latter ones just sound stupid. Penderghast as a character is pretty great though - a Louisiana born super fbi agent - and the mysteries in the early books are engaging.
     
  7. Gengar

    Gengar Polymagus Prestige DLP Supporter

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    I've tried Without Remorse because I wanted to start the Jack Ryan universe from the beginning. I'm still half way through but holy shit, that book is a bit of a slog...
     
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