I read 61 Hours and Worth Dying For back-to-back because I thought that Worth Dying For was the sequel to 61 Hours because at the end of 61 Hours, it said “to be continued.” It turns out that this was misleading. It sort of picks up where 61 Hours leaves off as far as Jack Reacher, but there isn’t much continuity between the two books (unless you count Reacher trying to get to Virginia.
In 61 Hours, Reacher gets stranded in a South Dakota small town when the tour bus that he is on skids and a snowstorm approaches. He is asked by a local cop to help protect a witness who is willing to testify against a big drug dealer. He also uses his old army connections to figure out what was in an abandoned military facility. The old military facility is occupied by drug dealers, but the cops are afraid to go in there because (a) they don’t have reasonable cause) and (b) they don’t know anything about the facility and would be at a huge disadvantage. If you’ve read any of the Jack Reacher books, you’ll know the ending already.
In Worth Dying For, Reacher is in a bar in a small Nebraska town when he overhears a patient calling for help for a nosebleed that won’t stop. The doctor, a drunk, wasn’t planning on going to help the woman, which is unacceptable to Reacher. Reacher forces the doctor to help the woman and drives him to the woman’s house since the doctor is drunk. Reacher learns that the woman is regularly abused by her husband so he goes in search of the husband, Seth Duncan, and breaks his nose. It turns out that the entire town is afraid of the Duncan family so it’s all out war between the Duncans and Reacher. In the midst of trying to help the town overcome their fear of the Duncans, Reacher also helps solve a 25-year-old missing child case.
Here’s a spoiler if you’ve never read any Jack Reacher books (don’t read if you don’t want to know the ending … )
Jack Reacher always kills the bad guys, helps the oppressed, solves the case, and moves on to the next place.
The endings of these books are always predictable, but they’re still fun to read.