Sunday, October 2, 2011

Review: The Affair by Lee Child

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2271 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385344326
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (September 27, 2011)

Product Description


With Reacher, #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child has created “a series that stands in the front rank of modern thrillers” (The Washington Post).

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 coverup.

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 undercoverto find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control.

Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justiceand an appetite for secrets. Uncertain they can trust one another, Reacher and Deveraux reluctantly join forces. 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.

A novel of unrelenting suspense that could only come from the pen of #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, The Affair is the start of the Reacher saga, a thriller that takes Reacher—and his readers—right to the edge . . . and beyond.

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.

My Review

I had been waiting for this book and I have not been disappointed.  Lee Child is an excellent writer and I love the character that he has created, Jack Reacher.  In this book, we travel back to 1997 to discover why Reacher left the army that was his home for so many years.  Not only is that mystery solved for devoted followers but we are also taken on another wild ride of twists and turns in a wonderfully plotted mystery.  The reader is taken into the world of a small town in rural Mississippi where the economy revolves around an army base.  And military politics are laid bare for the reader to ponder.  And always remember what a different world we lived in before 9-11.  I enjoyed the dropped hints about Reacher's brother Joe and Margrave, Georgia from The Killing Floor which was the first Jack Reacher book...the readers know that as soon as this book ends Reacher heads to Georgia for the adventure in the first book of the series.

Excellent book particularly if you are a Reacher fan.  Even if you have never read a Reacher book, this is a perfect place to start...guaranteed you will be hooked.  Hope we don't have to wait a full year for the next one!

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