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The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel | [Lee Child]

The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. 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, 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 justice - and an appetite for secrets.
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Publisher's Summary

With Reacher, number-one New York Times best-selling 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 undercover - to 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 justice - and 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 number-one New York Times best-selling 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.

PLEASE NOTE: As a special bonus, this download also includes a recording of the New York Times best-selling e-book exclusive short story "Second Son", read by Dick Hill: At 13, Jack Reacher already knows how to end a fight. He knows that his brain is more important than his brawn. He knows how to get the job done. When his father is transferred to the military base on Okinawa, Jack and his older brother, Joe, prepare for school and consider how to deal with both the neighborhood bully and a missing code book that could cost their father his career.

Take another thrill ride with Jack Reacher.

©2011 Lee Child; ©2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“Child is a superb craftsman of suspense.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“The truth about Reacher gets better and better.” (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)

“Implausible, irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Alan Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada 11-22-11
    Alan Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada 11-22-11

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    "Great Characters. Thoroughly Enjoyed"

    This book started off slow. After the first chapter I had my doubts – but my opinion changed as the story and the characters developed. This was my first audio book. It was a great way to spend a long drive. When we got home my wife and I couldn’t wait to listen to how it ended. A good read ….. or should I say “listen”.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-05-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-05-11 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "The Affair"

    Enjoyed this new book from Lee Child. I had been wishing he would write more about when Reacher was in the Army, Child must have heard my wish. This book is the final days of Reachers army career. I noted the information about the post card from his brother Jo that was from another book. Dick Hill is Jack Reacher! I think that Sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux would make an excellent new series for Lee Child. The short story The Second Son would make a good book hope Child writes more about Reacher as a boy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 11-29-11
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 11-29-11 Member Since 2005

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "About 10 hours too long"

    Sorry, I know I'm in the minority, but I have to agree with a few other reviewers, this all feels too familiar. Reacher is a know it all around others who have more experience, they are made to look and seem stupid in his presence.... and I find this annoying.
    Overall it was an okay story and I'd give it a 2.5 if I could I guess. Just uninspired.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 10-28-11
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 10-28-11 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Child is trying to appeal to women"

    There was enough of the usual Jack Reacher in this book to appeal to his fans. But I was a little disturbed at the excessive "romance" included by Child, which I can only assume was a transparent attempt to bring female readers on board. Forgive me for stereotyping but, exceptions aside, that's what we had here. As a prequel, I think Reacher's level of vigilantism in this book was also a bit excessive. Either that or he mellowed as he aged. Criticism aside, I can't get enough of Jack Reacher and I hope Child keeps pumping these books out. I also enjoyed the short story bonus included although the level of expertise exhibited by a 13-year-old Reacher bordered on the unbelievable. But such is fiction and comic book characters. And as usual, for much of the book, Reacher said nothing.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Angelica United States 05-06-12
    Angelica United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "No Affair for me!"

    I did not care for the narrator. While I enjoyed the story I could not get passed the narrators voice.
    For me the narrator's voice took away from my enjoyment of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 01-19-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Mostly solving a mystery."

    It’s fun because it’s Reacher. My favorite Reacher stories are the thrillers where the reader is in the bad guy’s head. I like seeing the bad guy’s motivations, plans and action to get Reacher. This book is not a thriller. We’re not in the head of any bad guy, but that’s ok. This is mystery, suspense, and some action. It’s enjoyable and entertaining because it’s Reacher. I like being in his world. Again, as with all the Reacher stories you need to suspend disbelief. Don’t try to hold him to technicalities. I will admit there were a few things about the plot that were not developed or explained well, but they were minor. This is my comic book hero escape.

    One of the fun things I like about Reacher is how he confronts people and does not avoid conflict, which is so opposite of me. I like to avoid confrontation whenever possible. In this story, three army rangers are assigned to “sort of” arrest Reacher for a few hours. My reaction would be to sneak around and hope they don’t find me. What does Reacher do? He calls them on the phone and says I’m in the diner, here’s how I suggest you approach the diner to get me, but I’m not going with you.

    Early in the story, Reacher’s boss orders him to investigate the case from the civilian side. I was chuckling at Reacher’s comment “You want ME to impersonate a CIVILIAN?” Apparently he had never done this before. Then I was chuckling on the subject of Reacher’s toothbrush. (We hear about this toothbrush in every book.) He needs to purchase traveling supplies, so he goes shopping for a toothbrush. He really likes this folding covered toothbrush and buys it. Later in the story, his boss tells Reacher not to go back to Mississippi. Reacher says I need to go back for my personal property. His boss asks what did you leave there? Reacher said my toothbrush. His boss said forget it. Reacher asked will the army reimburse me for it? His boss said no. Reacher said then I need to go back and get it... I then thought of another scene from one of the other books. Some bad guys trashed Reacher’s motel room and stepped on his toothbrush. Reacher walks in and isn’t bothered by the destruction until he sees his broken toothbrush, “b****rds he yells.

    SEX SCENES:
    I was laughing out loud at the sex scenes (in a good way - I’m not being critical). This book has more sex than any of the other Reacher books. It had six sex scenes. I’ve read a lot of romance with sex scenes written by female authors. They are sensual and passionate and designed to turn on a female reader. The Reacher sex scenes are not. They are written by a man and told from Reacher’s perspective. And they fit Reacher. There is nothing wrong with them. I just find it funny the way they are geared to a guy - not written to appeal to a female. I liked it for the humor. It fits.

    SECOND STORY 4 ½ stars:
    To my surprise a second story by Lee Child was at the end of this audiobook. It was a short story, 1 ½ hours long. It was titled “Second Son.” It’s about Reacher when he was 13 years old. His brother Joe was 15. They had just moved with their parents to a marine base in Okinawa (I think). There is a local bully and a couple of thefts. Reacher fights the bullies and solves the mysteries. It was good.

    TOM CRUISE DISASTER:
    If you haven’t heard, Tom will be playing Reacher in the first Reacher movie. He’s tiny. HE’S A LITTLE GUY. There are billions of people in this world. You'd think at least one exists who’s the right size and can act. Stallone was an unknown when he did the first Rocky, and it turned out great! Please movie people, show some Reacher integrity. You’re just going to turn this into another copy of all the other action movies out there. Reacher is different. Let him stay that way.

    NOTE TO AUTHOR:
    Someone suggested that you are changing things to better fit Tom Cruise and the movies. That reviewer said there was less talk of Reacher’s large size in this book and more sex. My request: please don’t change for the movies. Keep writing for us “readers.” One of the fun things about Reacher is hearing you say things like “250 pounds of power behind his ham-sized fist.”

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    andrea CHINO VALLEY, AZ, United States 11-22-11
    andrea CHINO VALLEY, AZ, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "So sorry to have made this my first audio choice"

    As a Jack Reacher fan, I was excited to download and listen to "the Affair" while walking my dogs.... but the reader did such an annoying job of trying to be all the characters, with fake accents and high timbered voices, that I wished he had just READ the book! I kept losing interest because of the sometimes overdone, sometimes missing accents... BUT the Second Son was much better (not so many women's voices) and I thoroughly enjoyed that story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada 11-12-11
    Maureen Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada 11-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointed"

    Am a big fan of Lee Child, however this one never quite lived up to my expectations.
    Do not find the narrator to my liking. I choose my books not only by author but with regard to the narrator. Am hoping that the next Lee Child book utilizes a different narrator. That may change my enjoyment level.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Edmond, OK, United States 11-03-11
    Susan Edmond, OK, United States 11-03-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Beloved Jack Reacher tales growing tired"

    I've read them all, and loved Jack Reacher for his quirkiness and insightfulness. Until recently, that is. The last two installments just don't seem to have the sparkle of earlier ones. Yes, there have always been unlikely plots and "surely that couldn't really happen" moments in every one . . . but that's one of the liberating qualities of fiction. But The Affair and Worth Dying For stretch the bounds of credulity too far for me. The conclusion of The Affair was so implausible as to completely sour me toward the entire novel.

    Even the little bonus story, The Second Son, which purports to demonstrate Reacher's precocious insight, was just too unbelievable.

    I do love Dick Hill's voice and performance, though it's probably better suited to the installments of the series portraying Reacher at a more mature age . . . but that I can live with.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 10-30-11
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 10-30-11 Member Since 2009

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "A great mystery read"
    Would you listen to The Affair again? Why?

    I consider this purchase worth the price. I found the story engaging and the characters enjoyable to get to know.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Affair?

    The development of the story was a bit predictable but nevertheless, enjoyable.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    I found Dick Hill's voice annoying. Reacher was supposed to be a man in his 30's and Dick Hill's portrayal made him sound more like 65. I also found his female voice weird and not enjoyable to listen to.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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