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The Affair: (Jack Reacher 16) [Hardcover]

Lee Child
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29 Sep 2011 Jack Reacher (Book 16)

March 1997. A woman has her throat cut behind a bar in Carter Crossing, Mississippi. Just down the road is a big army base.Is the murderer a local guy - or is he a soldier?

Jack Reacher, still a major in the military police, is sent in undercover.The county sheriff is a former U.S. Marine - and a stunningly beautiful woman. Her investigation is going nowhere. Is the Pentagon stonewalling her? Or doesn't she really want to find the killer?

The adrenaline-pumping, high-voltage action in The Affair is set just six months before the opening of Killing Floor, and it marks a turning point in Reacher's career. If he does what the army wants, will he be able to live with himself? And if he doesn't, will the army be able to live with him? Is this his last case in uniform?

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Ediition First Printing edition (29 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593065700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593065709
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (549 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee Child is one of the world's leading thriller writers.His novels consistently achieve the number one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages.His debut novel, Killing Floor, was written after he was made redundant from his television job in Manchester, and introduced his much-admired maverick hero, the former military cop Jack Reacher.Born in Coventry, he now lives in America.

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"Plenty of action....much more of a whodunit than anything Lee Child has previously written...The gripping plot and breathtaking violence ensure it is difficult to put down." (Evening Standard)

"Jack Reacher has long since earned his prominent place in the pantheon of cool,smart-talking American heroes....Shakes up the status quo by delivering the Reacher creation myth...stealthily funny...this book is really about the man himself." (Janet Maslin New York Times)

"Just when you thought it couldn't possibly get any better, Lee Child pulls Jack Reacher out of another hole and, bang, he produces nothing short of a thriller masterpiece...Here, we get what we've been waiting for...the story of how Reacher became Reacher." (Henry Sutton Mirror)

"Child on top of his game. It could well be his best book yet...The paradox of Reacher is that he is both a great big grizzly bear of a fighter...and a thinker, both Schwarzenegger and Socrates. Make love and war is his credo." (Independent)

"With its revelations and its bonk-fest, it's an unabashed fan-pleaser, but also a timely, reassuring wallow in the undiluted essence of Reacher." (Telegraph)

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From the number one bestseller: the coolest, sexiest, punch-packing Reacher thriller yet.

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Jack Reacher origin story 17 Nov 2011
Lee Child must have a thing for small-town America. Maybe it's the sense of isolation he's able to achieve when there are only a few thousand people living in the town? Child's last three "Jack Reacher" novels have taken place in various tiny venues, effectively cut off from civilization except for the highway that runs past it a few miles away. The Affair, Child's latest novel, is another example of this phenomenon, and while this aspect of the series is starting to get a bit old, it makes for a riveting tale in this case.

Jack Reacher is a drifter and a problem-solver, moving from place to place and helping those who need help, either with his quick intelligence or his right hook. The Affair tells of what started Reacher on his long road, way back in 1997. He's an Army Military Police officer, sent down to Carter Crossing, Mississippi, where a woman has been murdered, potentially by one of the soldiers stationed at the Army base there. Reacher is there to mingle with the townspeople as another officer investigates on the base itself. The murder may have drastic political implications where the cover-up is sometimes worse than the crime. Reacher gets involved with the beautiful local sheriff, and the affair may be affecting Reacher's thinking--and might end up getting him killed.

Reacher constantly reminds the reader that this story takes place in 1997, before the heightened security caused by the 9/11 attacks. This method of storytelling confused me at first, because I thought this would end up with Reacher telling the story to someone else. However, there is no framing story, and I soon learned to just go with the flow. It gives the story more immediacy and power, especially because this is the first Reacher book (at least in my experience) to be told in first-person.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best, But Very Good 21 April 2012
To my mind The Affair is one of the better of the Reacher books. From the word go its an interesting tale. Clearly Lee Child has a formula going here along the lines of Jack stumbles upon some misdeeds and sorts them with a mixture of his sharp analytical skills and irresistible violence. Throw in the romantic interest and that's about it really. However these books are written so well that the reader never gets the feeling that he is reading the same story repeatedly.

This time round we go back to the very latter part of Reacher's army career to find out how he blotted his copybook in the eyes of the military. The last of these books I read had Reacher rather overdoing it on the analytical front and even analysing his cups of coffee - strength, stewed, cup smaller than average, bigger, thicker china than normal? However, in the Affair it is a pleasure to see Reacher much less anally retentive and really only bothering with issues which may have some bearing on what was going on - maybe he acquired these more irritating habits with age!

When Reacher gets into a fight its a foregone conclusion whether he is up against two, four, six or really any number of opponents. Similarly on the love front, this man can never fail. There was rather more of this latter aspect than strictly speaking was necessary or usual in a Reacher tale here. However, I did find the concept of using the midnight train as a marital aid innovative and quite amusing!

To summarise, Lee Child writes these stories very well and I normally end up rating at four or five stars as they are generally very enjoyable page turners. On this one and to put it in Reacher's words. Not the best. But very good. Right up there.
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109 of 116 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In two minds, but still hooked! 4 Oct 2011
By Rachel
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a great fan of the Jack Reacher character and series and was left in two minds as to whether this does justice to them. On the one hand, from a character development point of view, I think that THE AFFAIR is excellent and is a natural extension showing us a younger slightly less experienced and more fallible Reacher. The writing is fantastic and as usual I was hooked from the first page to the last as we follow Reacher assigned to a case by the Military Police. The description is spot on and the pace frantic, even though there is are less violent parts than some of the earlier books in the series. He is teamed up with a beautiful local Sheriff and the inevitable happens as they carry out the investigation which proves to have wide-reaching implications.

On the other hand, there are some serious flaws to the storyline itself. One is Reacher's reason for leaving the Army and the other is the rather dubious conclusion to the book. The Sheriff is just too gorgeous and the gratuitous sex scenes are over-done and unnecessary. I would have preferred to see a deeper reason for Jack leaving the Army, disagreeing with Black Ops or cruelty to prisoners of war, that sort of thing.

If the storyline was as developed as the character then this would definitely be a great thriller. As it is THE AFFAIR is good, but for me far from the best in what remains a gripping series.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Reacher 3 May 2012
Lee Childs latest proffering sees Jack Reacher in 1997 - still in the service of the U.S. Army Military Police. When a murder takes place in the sleepy town of Carters crossing, fingers point straight at Kelham army base. But the soldiers who use & train at Kelham are involved in some high-level secrecy and so the entire investigation has an air of conspiracy around it from the get go. Reacher is sent to Carters crossing to investigate the crime unofficially & undercover, are things as open & shut as they first seem?

This is Jack Reacher 16, and having read all of them, Jack is starting to feel very time-worn. Lee Child writes as if he is narrating from the future e.g. "remember, this was 1997, four years before the event that changed security procedures" and this is very distracting. If you are going to base a book in the past, that is fine, but don't interject the narrative with information or perspectives that the characters couldn't have possibly known/had at the time.

The story is basically the same as The Enemy with a few minor variations and Reacher's invincibility & infallibility is getting more & more unbelievable; he wins a 6 on 1 fight, taking no hits and wanders off to a date immediately afterwards...

Anyhow, more of the same, if you're familiar with Lee Child then you know what to expect. Otherwise, not one of the best Reacher stories by a long shot!
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