The formula for Lee Child's compulsively addictive action thrillers is simple: With a few variations, former military cop Jack Reacher wanders into a town, finds himself in the middle of some ticking time bomb of a situation, chooses a side and kicks major ass.
In 61 Hours, Reacher is on a bus that breaks down in a small town in South Dakota, where he becomes embroiled in a battle between drug dealers and the sheriff's department. The cops are trying to protect an elderly witness to a drug sale, but their responsibility to the local prison impedes their efforts. Reacher being Reacher, he offers to guard the woman. Bad luck for the bad guys. But there's more going on than just a drug war, and Child deepens the mystery considerably, providing an explosive climax that will have you tearing out your hair until Reacher's next appearance.