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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 cover-up. 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 undercover to find out everything he can and then to vanish. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, Reacher meets local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux, who has a thirst for justice and an appetite for secrets. Uncertain they can trust each other, they reluctantly join forces. Finding unexpected layers to the case, 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.
Don’t miss Lee Child’s short story “Second Son” and a sneak peek of his new novel, A Wanted Man, in the back of the book.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Unlike previous Jack Reacher novels, The Affair isn’t concerned with rising body counts so much as keeping the story’s investigative intrigue at a deliciously drawn-out simmer. Set in a secretive army base in backwoods Mississippi, the first flashback installment in Lee Child’s juggernaut crime series is an excellent entry point for newcomers, as Reacher describes how he made the unlikely leap from highly decorated military policeman to disheveled drifter meting out savage justice. Amidst more plot twists and turns than a country road, Child delivers some of the series’ most sexually charged scenes—as well as the backstory on Reacher’s trademark fold-up toothbrush.
Child's compelling 16th thriller featuring incorruptible vigilante Jack Reacher (after Worth Dying For) rewinds the clock to 1997 when Reacher was still a military cop and working on the case that led to his eventual break with the Army. Reacher must figure out whether the shocking murder of 27-year-old Janice May Chapman in Carter Crossing, Miss., has any connection with nearby Fort Kelham, where Army Rangers are trained. Reacher soon learns that two other women had their throats slit in the same way as Chapman, and the leading suspect is a Fort Kelham captain, whose father is a U.S. senator and diehard Army supporter. Reacher knows all too well the case has political trouble written all over it and he and his Army bosses quickly butt heads over how it should be handled. Readers expecting new insight or details into Reacher's background will be disappointed, but they'll find all the elements solid action, wry humor, smart dialogue that have made this series so popular.
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The Affair or a Planned Meeting
Interesting and intriguing story, but a little strung out story. Parts can be a fast read, other parts, you’ll want try read a little slower to catch all the nuisances. All in all, good read.
Reacher's background story. Great read as usual. Read it!
Another Extraordinary Story
Any of Child's novels are excellent reads, but this has too be one of the very best plotted. The setting and the vintage details serve to create a most realistic background for this "prequel" to the other Reacher books.
One of the best iBooks pre-order decisions I ever made.