The Affair by Lee Child

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19 Critic Reviews

Other than Reacher the characters are shallow and the storylines are rarely complicated. But herein lies the attraction. It is as if he found the exact cadence to entrance his readers. They know what is coming and they love it.
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Synopsis

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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 “Not a Drill” and an excerpt of his novel, Make Me, in the back of the book.
 

About Lee Child

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Lee Child is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of Jack Reacher thrillers. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Delacorte Press. 417 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, War. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Affair
All: 19 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 3

NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Sep 19 2011

But this book is really about the man himself, and it presents his most colorful appearance in a long time. It establishes Reacher’s idealistic but vengeful personality and lays out the rules by which he lives.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Colin Corlett on Mar 12 2012

Other than Reacher the characters are shallow and the storylines are rarely complicated. But herein lies the attraction. It is as if he found the exact cadence to entrance his readers. They know what is coming and they love it.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Rosie Mestel on Nov 18 2011

OK, so none of this is exactly Dickens or Proust, and having read three Reacher novels so far I'm beginning to see the common threads: Lonely towns. Twisted souls. And, above all, body counts.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Nina Sankovitch on Sep 23 2011

The Affair is a thrilling book, a page-turner until the very end. It is rife with testosterone and riddles, laden with beautiful women and bad men, and although brutal, cynical, and provoking, it is a richly satisfying good read.

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Deseret News

Excellent
Reviewed by Sharon Haddock on Oct 13 2011

The story moves solidly on as Reacher moves from person to motive to evidence on instinct.

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DNA

Below average
Reviewed by Malavika Velayanikal on May 20 2012

Predictably, all the male cops working with her are dumb, and the clever sheriff can’t do without Reacher’s wisdom.

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Shots

Excellent
Reviewed by LJ Hurst

Unlike some of his other adventures, Reacher does not try to enter the fort, instead he explores its environs and unattractive guardians, identifying the geography of the area and its relation to that first death and then two more.

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JPL Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Phyllis Seesengood on Jan 24 2012

I’ve read several other “Reacher” novels but so far, this is my favorite.

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News-Sentinel

Excellent
Reviewed by Jerry Harkavy on Sep 24 2011

What follows is one of the best Reacher books yet: a murder investigation fraught with political ramifications and a rising body count set at the edge of an isolated Army Ranger base in Mississippi.

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The Guilded Earlobe

Good
Reviewed by Bob on Sep 30 2011

The Affair is probably my favorite Reacher novel in a while, and a must read for all Reacher fans.

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Buried Under Books

Good
Reviewed by Stephen Brayton on Jan 05 2012

The Affair is one of those types of stories where you’ll want to continue nonstop to the end, then blank your memory and start over again. This is another winner.

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Karan Brooks

Good
Reviewed by Karen Brooks on Jan 17 2012

Short, sharp sentences, silly clichés and high-adrenalin action, it is a great way to while away some hours, plunging into Jack Reacher’s impossible life.

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Crimespace

Good
Reviewed by Kevin Tipple on Feb 22 2012

Filled with plenty of action, complex characters, a perplexing case, the readers is a good one where justice is finally served in typical Reacher fashion.

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World's Strongest Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Josh Hanagarne on Dec 09 2011

It opens with a hilarious scene in the middle of the pentagon.

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Tyson Adams

Excellent
on Oct 15 2011

...Lee has served up another fantastic Reacher tale. The mystery unfolds, the intertwining clues and events are right there for you to pick up on and only implicitly used later – something I like about Lee’s writing.

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Tara Sharp

Good
Reviewed by Gaile Hughes on Feb 13 2012

This is Child’s sixteenth Reacher novel, it has an incredibly well-crafted storyline that flows flawlessly and unhindered – from action to introspection – from explosive fights to climatic sexual encounters.

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Books Club

Good
Oct 17 2011

The Affair makes a page-turner with excellent plot and unrelenting suspense in store. A must read for those who love suspense thriller.

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Order of Books

Good
Reviewed by Dan Malone

All in all, The Affair is an absolutely fantastic book. I finished it, and immediately wanted to read it again, which is quite possibly one of the highest compliments you can give to a book based on a mystery.

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Sarah's Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah Broadhurst on Oct 05 2010

There were sex scenes between these two characters which I did find to be unnecessary and not as well written as other authors are able - stick to the crime Lee!

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