Agree with the comments that this book gets back on track--the last few, following Never Go Back, have been peculiar or worse. One area in which Child excels (beyond gratuitous violence, of course) is his portrayal of settings. Here he created a fictional Wyoming environment that is fully palpable--you feel as if you'd really been there after reading. By the way, no question this plot is in at least some ways unrealistic, but then, when was the last Reacher you read that wasn't? I've never found this series shelved in non-fiction.