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Mystery Books - Lee Child - The Affair - A Jack Reacher Novel

The Affair - A Jack Reacher Novel

Random House


Jack Reacher is at it again, or rather he was at it, in The Affair. Set in the spring of 1997 in a world as yet untainted by American reaction to the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers The Affair is a classic Reacher thriller in every sense of the word.

Lee Child captures the feeling of pre September 11, 2001 quite nicely while only reminding the reader slightly about the timing of the thriller. Child’s novels generally have a timeless quality to them but there are just enough small details to date The Affair quite comfortably in the late nineteen nineties.

The setting is a small town called Carter’s Crossing in Mississippi a town that relies on the army base just across the tracks for its very survival. Reacher, still in uniform, still a major and implacable as always is sent to Carter’s Crossing undercover after the murder of a local woman seems to implicate the army. Reacher’s job is simple: protect the Army on the outside while his opposite number Major Munro investigates the Army from the inside. The fly in the ointment for both investigators is local Sherriff Elizabeth Deveraux a former Marine investigator who is smarter than all the other players.

 The story plays out in a remarkably well drawn fashion placing The Affair in the same company as The Enemy when it comes to quality of Reacher novels. Reacher Creatures will be more than satisfied with The Affair and first time readers will head on out and pick up the rest of the canon just so they can get more of Reacher. The Affair is well written and a great prequel novel for one of the most arresting characters in the contemporary mystery genre. 

Denis Bernicky

Other Lee Child Reviews

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Tripwire - A Jack Reacher Novel: When a private eye finds Reacher in Key West then suddenly turns up dead Reacher becomes interested in why the man was looking for him in the first place.

The Enemy - A Jack Reacher Novel: When a two star general from Amoured division dies in a seedy motel almost 300 miles from where he ought to be Jack Reacher gets the call to look into things.

Persuader - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher finds himself chasing a ghost and living with one of the biggest dealers on the eastern seaboard while doing the scut work for the DEA.

The Hard Way - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher helps find the kidnapped wife and child of a mercenary

Bad Luck and Trouble - A Jack Reacher Novel: Do not mess with the special investigators takes on a whole new meaning when Calvin Franz turns up dead and Jack Reacher takes on the case.

Killing Floor - A Jack Reacher Novel: When Jack Reacher wanders into the town of Margrave he is quickly arrested on suspicion of murdered and the strength of an unimpeachable eyewitness.

Nothing To Lose - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher finds himself moving between Hope and Despair while trying to figure out why he is being kicked out of the township of Despair Colorado.

61 Hours - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher is trapped in a small town under lockdown and snowed in while a drug lord makes arrangements to kill a witness.

Gone Tomorrow - A Jack Reacher Novel: Reacher thinks he is dealing with a suicide bomber on a train but he is only half right and comes up against an enemy as strong and clever as he is.

Worth Dying For - A Jack Reacher Novel: It is the Duncan s versus Jack Reacher in the middle of a Nebraska county they control with an iron fist. It is irresistible force meets immovable object.

Echo Burning - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher is wandering through Texas and gets picked up by a beautiful woman looking to hire a killer.

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