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The Affair (with bonus short story Second Son) (Jack Reacher, Book 16) [Kindle Edition]

Lee Child
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,516 customer reviews)

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Book Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997.
 
A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A cover-up. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington.
 
Reacher is ordered undercover to find out everything he can and then to vanish. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, Reacher meets local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux, who has a thirst for justice and an appetite for secrets. Uncertain they can trust each other, they reluctantly join forces. Finding unexpected layers to the case, Reacher works to uncover the truth, while others try to bury it forever. The conspiracy threatens to shatter his faith in his mission—and turn him into a man to be feared.

Don’t miss Lee Child’s short story “Second Son” and a sneak peek of his new novel, A Wanted Man, in the back of the book.


Editorial Reviews

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Praise for #1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Reacher series
 
“Child is a superb craftsman of suspense.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“The truth about Reacher gets better and better.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
“Implausible, irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Like his hero Jack Reacher, Lee Child seems to make no wrong steps.”—Associated Press
 
“Lee Child [is] the current poster-boy of American crime fiction.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Indisputably the best escape artist in this escapist genre.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
 
“Jack Reacher is much more like the heir to the Op and Marlowe than Spenser ever was.”—Esquire


From the Hardcover edition.

Review

Praise for #1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Reacher series
 
“Child is a superb craftsman of suspense.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“The truth about Reacher gets better and better.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
“Implausible, irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Like his hero Jack Reacher, Lee Child seems to make no wrong steps.”—Associated Press
 
“Lee Child [is] the current poster-boy of American crime fiction.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Indisputably the best escape artist in this escapist genre.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
 
“Jack Reacher is much more like the heir to the Op and Marlowe than Spenser ever was.”—Esquire

Product Details

  • File Size: 1668 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385344325
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (September 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P8JPS6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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539 of 562 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely One of the Best Reachers September 27, 2011
By Barney
Format:Kindle Edition
If you're a fan of the Jack Reacher series, you already know that Lee Child is currently the undisputed master of the unputdownable thriller. When it comes to narrative momentum and expertly wrought tension, his only rival is the late, great Dick Francis.

However, the last two Reachers - though good - left me a bit cold because I was getting tired of the "Reacher stumbles into small-town corruption" formula. Fortunately, THE AFFAIR flashes back to his army career, where he faces his true arch-nemesis, the military bureaucracy, and we learn why he decided to drop out and become a toothbrush-packing drifter. Even though the novel is mainly set in yet another bleak small town, I'm happy to report that Reacher is back to form. This latest adventure delivers the expected page-turning excitement, plus a few other bonuses:

* Both the beginning and the end are better than usual. Child tends to be too abrupt for my taste. Here he takes the time to set the scene at the Pentagon and ease past the climax in a very satisfying way.

* The love interest, the ex-marine sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux, is Child's most entertaining female character so far. She's not just there to be Reacher's girl. She has an extra dimension and is important to the story.

* The "midnight special" train that roars past Carter Crossing every night is an ingenious device Child uses to ratchet up the suspense, provide a menacing undercurrent, and structure the complicated action in a clear way. It's the most impressive example yet of Child's narrative skill. Plus, choo-choos are just plain cool.

A new reader to the series may find the staccato rhythm of the sentences a bit off-putting at first, and Reacher's tough-guy terseness here and there verging on self-parody. But they're essential ingredients in Child's hugely enjoyable, impressively consistent franchise. Overall, I rank THE AFFAIR with the best of the series, up there with PERSUADER, ONE SHOT, and THE ENEMY.
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145 of 161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Reacher became the nomadic hero that we love September 27, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I loved this book! As a rule, I will read anything that Lee Child writes, anything that Lee Child recommends, and anything that Lee Child might even use as a coaster- he's just that good. This book is probably my favorite of his (It's just SO hard to pick one). Lee introduces us to Jack Reacher when he was still an MP. Reacher is sent on a mission to help find a murderer in a small town, and potentially cover up any army scandal. Lee, as always fills the book with visually pleasing descriptions, strong character development, and helps us see into Reacher's oh so interesting past. I read this in one sitting- a tough task as a working mom of 5- but it can be done!
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In two minds, but still hooked! October 4, 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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105 of 130 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Reacher is Still Good September 29, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
For Reacher fans, this flashback novel on Reacher's last days in the Army is historically interesting because it fills gaps in his resume. It provides a different reason for why he left the Army than given in earlier novels. It also shows how Reacher's "no suitcase, will travel" ethos got started. Unfortunately, the novel is marred by excessive violence than exceeds the violence of any previous Reacher book and the aftermath is simply not credible. It's been a long series and Childs has done a good job in keeping the quality level up, but we may look at this novel as the beginning of a marked decline in the series. However, having said that, even a mediocre Reacher is still a good read. But you would not want to recommend this book to your friends for their first Reacher novel.
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44 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick it off with a bang! September 27, 2011
Format:Hardcover
With a Few Good Men-esque setting and the depth and breadth of the excellent Chaos and Kingdom, the latest Child novel (a prequel to the original Reacher thriller) is an intense way to kick off the career of the 13-year-old series based on this protagonist.

The story starts back in 1997 in Mississippi--down the road from a major army base where Reacher is an MP. When a woman's throat is cut behind a local bar, the case goes no where. The beautiful sheriff, who's also a former Marine, isn't getting anywhere in the investigation. Can Reacher make any progress against local police or the obstructive Pentagon officials?

What follows is a expertly-paced mystery novel with an appropriate amount of action so as not to dull your senses and great dialog (this is something I think Child is getting very good at). "The Affair" is written in first person, so Child is aloud a lot of liberty in framing the story through the eyes of the protagonist and he does it well.

While Child maintains his signature formula, it in no way detracts from the story and there are some unique aspects of this book that I haven't read in any other thriller. You'll love it if you're a Reacher fan or if you just enjoy a well-crafted tale.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging yarn
Reacher is ordered to accept a no win case. The story is engaging and the action placed in the right spots.
Published 1 day ago by Mike Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good story
Published 2 days ago by John A. Dodd
4.0 out of 5 stars More Jack Reacher goodness
Another great read from Lee Child. Perhaps not my favourite, but that's just me.
Published 2 days ago by Paul Hope
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fast paced!
Published 2 days ago by J Primm
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but...
I am so sorry to have given this book only one star, especially after having given books 1 to 15 five each. So why have I done so? Read more
Published 2 days ago by Claudia Calvis
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, but Mr. Child has to ...
Very well written, but Mr. Child has to remember when writing a book and referencing the branches of the military that there are 5 not 4. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jim Cheezum
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon's Kindle technology truly sucks big time and I'm really angry...
I'm so pissed off I could vomit. I bought this book for Kindle. I want to re-read the book I bought but I can't do that. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Steffi
5.0 out of 5 stars Reacher's Military Exit
I am never disappointed in Lee Childs and his Jack Reacher novels. The Affair was a very good read. I appreciated the approach used for the story line where we know exactly how... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mystery Guru
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Reacher novel
An excellent Reacher novel. His interaction with Liz is outstanding and the way he solves the crime on the last pages is surprising. Highly recommended!
Published 5 days ago by Donald A.
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the reading
very interesting story line ... I enjoyed the reading
Published 5 days ago by Martin Harris
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Lee Child is the #1 internationally bestselling author of the Jack Reacher thrillers. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and the Nero awards for Best Novel. "Jack Reacher", the film based on the 9th novel, One Shot, stars Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike, Jai Courtney, and David Oyelowo and debuted in December 2012. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City and the south of France with his wife and daughter. Find out more about Lee Child and the Reacher novels on his official website: LeeChild.com, on Facebook LeeChildOfficial, on Twitter #LeeChildReacher, and YouTube leechildjackreacher.

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