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"Our love affair is a wonderous thing."

  • Jan 25, 2012
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Lee Child steps back into Jack Reacher's early history to tell this story.

It's 1997 and Reacher is still in the military. He's a major in the military police and goes where he's ordered.
He's sent to Carter Crossing, Mississippi, to be undercover and monitor the official investigation of a woman who was murdered. The crime was comitted outside Ft. Kelham, a U.S. Ranger base where there is a top secret operation under way. Randers are being sent to Kosovo and Reacher is ordered to observe the investigation but avoid publicity.

Reacher arrives and meets the sheriff, the attractive Elizabeth Devereaux who is attempting to investigate the murder of the young woman in question, who is white, but also investigate the murder of two black women.  All of the women were very attractive but only the white woman's death stiffed up any concern in Mississippi.

Devereaux is hampered in running a complete investigation because her official powers stop at Ft. Kelham's gate. Reacher sympathises with her position and as he gets to know her, he finds she is the daughter of the former sheriff and was a former military police member. She and Reacher agree to work together and develop a romantic relationship.

The plot moves rapidly with built-in humor as Reacher tries to search for answers and deals with a group of local hillbillies.

The pacing is well done as there are moments of tension thaqt are spaced with the relationship of Reacher and Devereaux. We are also interested in the attempt of the military who want to whitewash the investigation for politicial reasons with Reacher's refusal to bend to the attempted cover-up.

"The Affair," is another well written novel by Lee Child, a master storyteller.

4.5 stars moving up to 5.

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review by . February 21, 2012
A new beginning for Reacher in:
   It began long ago in the multiple award winning debut novel Killing Floor. 16 novels later the backstory of why Jack Reacher, US Army MP, left the service is finally told in The Affair.   It is 1997 and there is a problem in Mississippi. Somebody killed the very beautiful 27 year old Janice May Chapman in Carter Crossing. The problem for the military is the fact that quite possibly somebody from the nearby army base, Fort Kelhem, might be involved. Army Rangers, two different …
review by . February 21, 2012
It began long ago in the multiple award winning debut novel Killing Floor. 16 novels later the backstory of why Jack Reacher, US Army MP, left the service is finally told in The Affair.    It is 1997 and there is a problem in Mississippi. Somebody killed the very beautiful 27 year old Janice May Chapman in Carter Crossing. The problem for the military is the fact that quite possibly somebody from the nearby army base, Fort Kelhem, might be involved. Army Rangers, two different …
review by . October 23, 2011
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 …
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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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