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The Affair Paperback – Large Print, 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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The Affair is set in 1997. Major Jack Reacher is an active duty soldier and an experienced investigator in the military police. In response to the Clinton Era peace dividend, the U.S. Army is winnowing the ranks, and Reacher’s own career is on the line.
He is ordered to investigate under cover the murder of a woman near an Army base in Mississippi. Members of a special ops group are considered suspects, but the Pentagon wants to make sure the blame is placed anywhere except on its soldiers. The case is political suicide, professionally speaking, but like a good soldier, Reacher takes it anyway.
And solves it. I won’t reveal the solution, but readers of Lee Child’s previous novels will now understand why Reacher left the service and began his peregrinations across the American heartland.
The Affair is the fifteenth novel in Lee Child’s Reacher series, but its events precede the other fourteen. You can read the series in publication order, starting with The Killing Floor, whose events are foreshadowed in The Affair. Or you can start with The Affair. Either way, you’re in for classic Lee Child—even the second time around.
For a late-in-the-series Jack Reacher novel (number 16) this has been a bland and uneventful novel, which felt somewhat drawn out a lot of the time. The "surprise twist" shared among the Reacher series books did not posses the wow-factor typically found in earlier novels. Majority of the character time was spent going from one place to another within a small town, Mississippi, "investigating" - a word enclosed in quotations as the bulk of the investigative work was spent drinking coffee, and eating hamburgers and peach pies with the local sheriff. The Affair supplies a small portion of Reacher's past, as it's written in a flashback style (book goes back to 1997), references few static characters found in numerous novels, though introduces none additional ones that are of any interest. If you're a fan of the Reacher series and must read every book, then by all means pick this one up - you're likely to go through it very quickly. If you're looking to pick up a Reacher novel at random, then I would advise to avoid this one.
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.
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.