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The Affair (with bonus short story Second Son): A Jack Reacher Novel [Kindle Edition]

Lee Child
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,118 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


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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: #1,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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520 of 542 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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139 of 155 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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47 of 56 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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102 of 127 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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42 of 52 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
5.0 out of 5 stars I have become a Lee Child Fan...!!
Lee Child has become one of my most favorite authors. This book is a real prize....action keeps you interested along with a great plot. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by David E. Trantham
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
Could not stop reading this book! You cannot begin to predict the ending. Keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Published 21 hours ago by Joel Gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Lee Child Read
This goes back to the beginning, 1997. Jack Reacher, every guy's version of an action hero. Certainly not tiny Tom Cruise.
Published 1 day ago by Roger D. Bolgard
5.0 out of 5 stars Have Read Them All and Enjoy Every One
Excellent service from Amazon, as always...delivered on time, or earlier... easy to exchange or return...which I have done maybe twice in ten years! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Craig S. Olson
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
As always a good read. Not had to figure out who did it, but interesting to find out how, why.
Published 1 day ago by hilda
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor jack
Jack teacher gave his all for God and country,caught the bad guys and still hot shafted. Will h ever learn?
Published 1 day ago by John H.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Affair is Vintage Jack Reacher
The Affair is another enjoyable Jack Reacher read. There are more than enough twists and turns to hold the attention of any mystery enthusiast.
Published 1 day ago by Alphonso C Mance
3.0 out of 5 stars dog sport lady
this was o.k. but not the usual "edge of your seat" type Reacher. I had just read "Trip Wire" that was so scary and non-stop action that this seemed tame and just... Read more
Published 2 days ago by vfarm
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as previous Lee Child's books
I did not like his romance with the sheriff. Usually there is a little but this one went on and on.
Published 3 days ago by Sharon Stackelhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 'prequel' !
Nice to see how Reacher always was/became "Reacher". Hope the trend expands and continues, including other family members in the stories.
Published 4 days ago by Guru
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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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