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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.
As usual, veteran narrator Dick Hill does a masterful job of evoking world-weary investigator Jack Reacher, this time in the prequel to Child's bestselling series. In this installment, the author finally spells out the circumstances surrounding Reacher's departure from his job as a military cop: the investigation into the murder of a young woman in a small Mississippi community. As the truth slowly unfolds, Hill delivers a nuanced performance of a character he's voiced for some 14 years. While the introduction of a potential love interest spices up the homicide inquiry, Hill's rendition of her dialogue may remind some listeners of Dustin Hoffman's portrayal of Dorothy Michaels in Tootsie and that takes some getting used to. Nonetheless, Hill's gifts as an actor are evident throughout, and he shines during the book's final confrontation in which Reacher explains how he put all the pieces together. A Delacorte hardcover.
This story has many unexpected twists and turns, leading to the ultimate Reacher success!
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.