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Better than Tom Cruise, but not quite up to Jack Reacher standards
on March 21, 2016
After taking a break from Lee Child's Jack Reacher books I picked up with the The Affair where I last left off. This novel takes Reacher back to when he was a Military Police Officer, trying to solve a crime near an army base. He works with the local sheriff, who just happens to be a beautiful, former military police officer (funny how that works out), to determine if the crime committed was a local hoodlum, or an Army officer.
The story had some interesting plot elements, and the description of a series of interconnected crimes was detailed, but easy to understand. My reason for three stars is because the pacing and randomness of the story just seemed off. Pages and pages of simple descriptive narrative happen throughout the book, but yet the entire story climaxes in about 20 pages. Reacher dukes it out three times with some local backwoods thugs, but after the final bout I never got the sense it was over. I kept waiting for the actual payoff, which never occurred. Probably my biggest complaint was, the story investigation centers around some really heinous crimes, crimes of the worst sort. Yet, throughout the entire book I never got a real sense of the motive for the crimes, or how sleazy the eventual perpetrator was.
However, if you like occasional violence, and occasional steamy, train ridden sex scenes played out in your Jack Reacher novels, this is the one for you.