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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

Critic Reviews

“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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  • Mark
  • Canada
  • 12-19-11

My first "Reacher" book and really enjoyed it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the narrator was great and matched the story perfectly

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Stayed awake several nights way longer than I should have because I wasn't able to shut it off.

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

Reacher

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

No

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Lee should stick to action!

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My boys and I love the Jack Reacher series, and have read or listened to 16. Never before, though, has Lee Child decided he could write a sex scene, and should have stuck to the genre he knows, like Reacher battling an entire army with only a pool cuestick.<br/><br/> There are several terrible attempts at writing about Reacher's sex with the sheriff, and the first is by far the worst, and painfully bad. What must have been about 8 pages in the book (and what seemed like ten minutes on the audio) about undressing, looking, discovering,

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Another great Jack Reacher book

What made the experience of listening to The Affair the most enjoyable?

The story is, as always with Lee Child, excellent and the reading is first class.

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

I especially liked the way the murdering 'militia' were dealt with, but there are so many good moments throughout the book.

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

The Sheriff is a very sympathetic character and well portrayed both by the writing and the reader.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending was realistic and yet left one feeling sad.

Any additional comments?

This was my first Audible book and what a good advertisement for both the Audible-Kindle system and the excellence of the readers this was.

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Reacher's back and so is Lee Child

After listening to the last three Reacher novels, I thought Child had lost his touch. Child had moved far away from the original Reacher and the twisting murder mysteries; the novels were becoming more like a cross between Stephen King and James Bond. They dealt with weird towns in Nevada, female slavery rings and missile silos/international super fiends.I found them boring and a number of other things I can't repeat in this review. I was on the verge of never buying another Reacher novel.

After listening to The Affair, Child has returned Reacher to his roots. This novel is a great murder mystery with Reacher at his best. My wife and I listened to this novel on a long road trip and it was exciting till the end. Dick Hill gave a superb performance as usual.

I highly recommend this book.

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  • Cindy
  • Alexandria, LA, United States
  • 12-02-11

BEST REACHER NOVEL TO DATE

What made the experience of listening to The Affair the most enjoyable?

This book goes back in time not only to solve a murder but to explain why Reacher left the military. At the end is another short story about Reacher and his brother when they were young teenagers. Don't miss either one of them - and if you have not already ck out Lee Child's web site. Good reading :)

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Don't Waste your time

I can't believe I would ever say that about a Jack Reacher book. I have read nearly all of them and love them all. This thing drags for part one - lots of monologue and dialogue - only one "Jack Reacher" scene. In part 2 the plot begins to develop. Finally at the end as things come together and the plot is explained - you leave with the feeling of 'who cares'. There is no evil bad guy that you want Jack to deal with. If you want to listen to 2 great books - please listen to James Lee Burke - 'Feast of Fools' and David Rosenfelt's latest Andy Caprenter book.

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  • andrea
  • arlington, TX, United States
  • 12-01-11

I'm a new fan of Lee Child and Dick Hill

Ive been looking for a new series after burning through the Kay Scarpetta books. Lee Child's Jack Reacher series is it. There is a pleasant sense of humor and respect in Jack Reacher. The Narrator Dick Hill makes listening easy and enjoyable. Looking forward to the whole series.

Happy listening.

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One of the better Reacher stories

Dick Hill is a master, we really enjoy his narration. A friend of ours is just stating to listen to Reacher, I suggested he listen to this one early on, helps to tie together many of the other books (heard them all!). I wonder where Lee will take Reacher next?!?!?

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  • Steve
  • la canada, CA, United States
  • 11-29-11

Give it a try

I am a huge Jack Reacher fan. This one is a little out of the box. Props to Lee Child, keep them coming. Don't hire anyone except Dick Hill. He is Jack Reacher.

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  • JCL
  • Coarsegold, CA USA
  • 11-28-11

Boring

For the life of me, I don???t know why people are enthusiastic about these books. I suppose it???s an Army thing. I???m Navy flyer and so maybe I???m not sophisticated enough to appreciate its subtleties. This was my first Jack Reacher novel and it will be my last. I could never figure out what the first four chapters were all about. Why were they in this novel? My best guess was to show early on that our hero is a paranoid nut. And with a nutso superior officer in the Pentagon. The sex scenes were painfully explicit without being erotic. That is the acid test for most novelists, like drawing a face is for most painters. The killing scene in the Pentagon was not believable. The plot twist was expected as it was telegraphed. If you like good murder mysteries, read James Lee Burke???s works. Better writing and more credible plotting. And erotic without being explicit!