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The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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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
About the Author
LEE CHILD is the author of sixteen Jack Reacher thrillers, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Worth Dying For, 61 Hours, Gone Tomorrow, Nothing to Lose, and Bad Luck and Trouble. 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. Foreign rights in the Jack Reacher series have sold in more than fifty territories. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures. Child, a native of England and a former television director, 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.
The Affair is absolutely priceless and does that thing: It really makes you think. This is a long book, giving one lots of time to think things out; and lots of time for him to mislead you.
I love a long story. As far as I am concerned, if it's 300-400 pages, all the better. Because I realise it's not the denouement that's the most important; although it is important of course; it is the process that offers the most satisfaction. The opportunity to really think things out for oneself, that's the real importance.
Like all his others, again Mr. Child gives us a very well thought out novel. For aficionados of this genre, you will enjoy every satisfaction.
"The Affair" is exactly what I expect in a Jack Reacher novel: the narrative is informative, the style comfortable, the story engaging as are the characters that, for the most, are well developed, there are intelligent twists and turns, often, with surprising results and at the ending everything comes together, very nicely. "The Affair" is typically Reacher and well done.
First, he is intrigued by the energetic, hot, sexy town sheriff, Elizabeth Deveraux, the daughter of the town’s long-time sheriff and an ex-Marine. While well-intentioned, Deveraux is not an investigator. With Reacher in town, they start making connections, but it’s not easy. Soon his cover is blown and he has to put several local toughs in the hospital when they block his way. In addition, it appears that the Army is also putting roadblocks in Reacher’s way.
The story is fast-paced with Reacher using his immense physical and mental capacities to wade through the flack. The sheriff is pretty skeptical of Reacher at first, but matters soon take a decided physical turn. Some of the Army shenanigans are a bit over the top, but not totally out of the realm of possibility. Covering-up is usually the first response of organizations and higher-ups in trouble. It’s interesting that after numerous Reacher novels, the author decides to fill in the background of Reacher before he leaves the Army.
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Way too formulaic. I’d pass if I were you. Sorry to say.