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The Affair (Jack Reacher) Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2012
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“A veritable tour de force . . . brilliantly constructed, flawlessly executed and deliciously plotted.”—The Washington Times
“The [Reacher] novel fans have been waiting for.”—USA Today
“One of the best Reacher books yet . . . The tension builds early and continues nonstop.”—The Miami Herald
“Big, exciting . . . The Affair shakes up the status quo.”—The New York Times
“A series that stands in the front rank of modern thrillers.”—The Washington Post
“Jack Reacher is the coolest continuing series character now on offer.”—Stephen King
“Child makes what he does seem simple. If it is, though, it’s strange that nobody has managed it so well.”—Evening Standard
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Lee Child is the author of nineteen New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, ten of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures; the first, Jack Reacher, was based on One Shot. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in almost a hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.
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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.
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.
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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Well developed plot with more than a few twists . I wasn't quite sure where it would lead or how it would come together; I wasn't disappointed.Published 5 hours ago by likeaplotwithatwist
If you like the series you have to read this if you want to complete the series. No bad just another jr storyPublished 2 days ago by Bailey
Didn't like the end. It seemed rushed to be wrapped up. Because of this I basically had to call BS on some of the plot. Not too believable at times.Published 8 days ago by Cajun2468
Another excellent Lee Child mystery adventure . . . And I must always mention the mischaracterized role of midget Tom Cruise playing 6'5" Jack Reached in the movie.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer