Better Off Dead is the second Andrew Child’s Reacher book (with brother Lee) and the twenty sixth instalment of the ex-military police action hero. This time, Jack’s wanderings take him to a remote town adjacent the US-Mexico border, where he chooses to help an army veteran turned FBI agent find her twin brother. As usual with Reacher, troubles seem to find him and the action unfolds requiring him to take on a shadowy crime figure, Waad Dendoncker. Unusually for a Reacher book, the narrative is first person and his intonation is not quite that of other books. It feels a somewhat lessened or diminutive version of Jack Reacher’s earlier incarnations. Still a worthy enough formulaic action thriller in the Jack Reacher franchise, with a four-star read rating.