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I could never get into this one...

  • Oct 23, 2011
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Normally, a new Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child has me counting the days before it comes in at the library. That was the case with his latest novel, The Affair, but unfortunately this one didn't click for me. I don't really know what it was or why I felt that way, but I couldn't get drawn in and absorbed like I normally do.

The story moves back to his Army days, the times when he still had a place he considered "home." He's sent out to a small town near an Army base to investigate the killing of a woman. There's a strong likelihood that the death was caused by someone on the base, and he's supposed to work in conjunction with another investigator to figure out if there's any substance to the allegations. Of course, sending Reacher in undercover to get a feel for the town and manage the locals isn't a great idea, as he's not exactly inconspicuous. He's made quickly by the town sheriff, who takes more than a professional interest in him. She's got a murky background that also seems to play into the current investigation, but Reacher may not be entirely rational when it comes to believing her story and assessing her involvement. When the Army decides to consider the case "closed" and orders Reacher back to base, he decides that he'd rather disobey orders and find out the truth rather than cover it up. That doesn't set well with some powerful political leaders who are not adverse to silencing Reacher in whatever way is necessary.

As I mentioned above, this installment never hooked me like other ones have. Reacher was Reacher, with his ability to track time without a clock, anticipate actions, and dish out major bodily harm when necessary. Maybe it was the investigation into the local deaths and whether they had ties to anyone at the base. It seemed as if the investigation kept circling over the same facts, and the linkage to the base remained somewhat murky for a long time. When the plot started to approach the climax, I didn't much care what happened by that time. When I hit the last page, my first thought was... meh.

I realize that many others thought this one was excellent according to the Amazon reviews. Maybe if I read it over again, I'd feel different now that I know the context (and the ending). Your mileage may (and probably will) vary, but for me this was simply average.

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Praise for #1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Reacher series
 
“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
 
“Like his hero Jack Reacher, Lee Child seems to make no wrong steps.”—Associated Press
 
“Lee Child [is] the current poster-boy of American crime fiction.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Indisputably the best escape artist in this escapist genre.”—Marilyn Stasio,The New York Times
 
“Jack Reacher is much more like the heir to the Op and Marlowe than Spenser ever was.”—Esquire
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ISBN-10: 0385344325
ISBN-13: 978-0385344326
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Delacorte Press

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