The Affair (Jack Reacher Series #16)

The Affair (Jack Reacher Series #16)

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The Affair (Jack Reacher Series #16) by Lee Child, Dick Hill


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 “Second Son” and a sneak peek of his new novel, A Wanted Man, in the back of the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307749475
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Series: Jack Reacher Series
Edition description: Abridged
Product dimensions: 5.04(w) x 5.94(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

LEE CHILD is the author of sixteen Jack Reacher thrillers, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Worth Dying For, 61 Hours, Gone Tomorrow, Nothing to Lose, and Bad Luck and Trouble.  His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and the Nero awards for Best Novel.  Foreign rights in the Jack Reacher series have sold in more than fifty territories.  All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures.  Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City.


Birmingham, England

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Coventry, England


Sheffield University

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The Affair (Jack Reacher Series #16) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 647 reviews.
enticed More than 1 year ago
As others have said, Lee Child is a superb craftsman of suspense. Can't wait to read more.
Molinarolo More than 1 year ago
As a fan of the Jack Reacher Series, THE AFFAIR was ok; not good, but not bad. Lee Child takes the reader back to 1997 when our intrepid loner was still an Army MP on an undercover assignment to Carter Crossing, Mississippi. His assignment is to make nice with local law enforcement and relay what they know to his superiors. A young beautiful woman has been murdered. Her throat slit. Her bloodless body left in an alley. Her suspected killer, a solder stationed at the nearby base. A soldier who has powerful friends in Washington, D.C. Reacher has no trouble making nice to Elizabeth Devereaux. She is the county Sheriff and a former Marine MP and has linked Janice Mae Chapman's killing to two other dead beauties that the soldier dated. Ever loyal to the Army, Jack Reacher knows that this case will be his last. He will not participate in a cover up to protect one soldier. While the story is good, the telling gets tedious. Child repeats the 1997 references too often. Normally the reader gets up close to the serial killer and sees his or her psychology. We don't get that here with the exception of the destroyed car. We do see, but not fully understand the puppet-master of the cover-up. The Washington ties to the soldier are strong, but would Pentagon Officers really go the extremes as Child wrote to protect one soldier? I think not. And some of Reacher's actions didn't ring true to his character, but the beginning and ending are very strong as well as the character development: finally a strong female that mirrors Jack. The midnight train and tracks become characters as well as strong suspense devices. But true Jack Reacher fans will ignore the flaws of the novel because of the good story THE AFFAIR is.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1997 in Carter Crossing, Mississippi someone slashes the throat of twentyish Janice May Chapman by an isolated railroad track. The Pentagon is concerned that evidence points to a Ranger training in nearby Fort Kelham committed the homicide as Captain Reed Riley has connections as his father Carleton is chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Colonel Garber assigns military police officer Major Jack Reacher to go undercover to learn the truth and keep the local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux under control without her knowing it. Each distrusts the other but soon need to protect each other's back from a dangerous cover-up as the military are uninterested in the facts; their preference is for a local hillbilly to take the rap. However, Reacher becomes incompliant when he learns Janice is the third female to have been killed by this slasher. The latest Reacher thriller (see Worth Dying For) is an exciting throwback tale to when the heroic vigilante was still in the Army. Ironically though going back to the case that led to his leaving the military, there is not much new added to the Reacher mythos. Still the story line is fast-paced and filled with action as Reacher learns what happens to officers doing their duty with personal courage vs. those with DC connections. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth every penny. Had me thinking at every turn. Jack reacher is a one og a kind man. Wish more like him truly existed. The plot is excellent and insights into the military complications that exist. Deveraux is a top notch addition. Hate to see her fade away.
LOVETOREAD16 More than 1 year ago
"The Affair" is an intriguing story of Reacher's last mission in the Army and a peek backwards remembering the past, the reluctant hero. There is action but not quite as rough as past experiences as he lands in a small town in Mississippi at an army post where he meets the stunning chief of police. This was an enjoyable and exciting ride. I recommend!
KenCady More than 1 year ago
A run of the mill novel which will disappoint legions of Jack Reacher fans who are used to much more. The first half of the book is tedious. The second half has the action, but credibility is so strained that the reader has a hard time buying it. I didn't get a free advance copy, nor did I need to sully the review pages because I didn't like the NOOK price. The Barnes & Noble review is quickly becoming a thing of little value because B&N refuses to police its review pages. Right now we'd need a Reacher for that.
2cquarterhorses More than 1 year ago
This is a typical fast paced Reacher thriller. The story is interesting and moves along quickly and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery. I've been a huge fan since I read The Killing Floor when it was first released and haven't been disappointed by any of the subsequent books. Give it a try and become hooked on Jack Reacher!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved how easy it was to read & I really liked the characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Going into this "pre" Reacher novel, i was quite nervous and worried i would fail to enjoy a trip down Jack's memory lane i worried for nothing In fact i enjoyed The Affair more than many recent Reacher novels.
SanBrunoMom More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of this series. My favorite was The Enemy, the prequel to the series which was actually the 8th book that came out. I am looking forward to reading The Affair since I have always wanted to see Jack Reacher fall in love, really fall in love. And my long standing question for Lee Child is - when will Jack fall in love true enough to settle down? The five star rating is for all the books in the series.
xxcarrier More than 1 year ago
This book was ok, but not Lee Child's best by any means. The shallow plot, weak motive, and inaccuracies of basic military knowledge -a major does not wear silver oak leaves, for example- suggest that he needs a more critical editor. I enjoyed most of the books in the Reacher series, but Lee Child's latest books have been getting progressively weaker. I will continue to read his books as long as he writes them, but he needs to get back to the substance of his first few books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lee Child's hero Jack Reacher is still the best out none!
silencedogoodreturns More than 1 year ago
After a few comic-bookish, silly and pondering novels, this one by Mr Childs reconnects with all that is good with Jack Reacher. A very entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Child's Jack Reacher novels are the best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of the Reacher books are page turners. I love the series and can not wait for the next Reacher book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all the Reacher novels. This one was a disappointment. It replaces Echo Burning at the bottom of the pile. Was this the same author who wrote Gone Tomorrow? and Die Trying? I thought The Enemy set the stage for all to follow. This one could close the curtain. I was so ready for the next saga which I hoped he was heading for Virginia and this is what came forth. So I will wait yet again. A reader who starts with the Affair as their first Reacher novel will most likely stop there.
Richard Eib More than 1 year ago
This story should have been left in the Army files as "Top-Secret eyes only". If read all Jack Reacher and liked all. This one was disappointing. Not knowing how Reacher's career ended was better then knowing.
SAArturo More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Have read all of the Reacher series and this one helps you to understand Reacher.
STORE NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
It was an amazing story
James Howard More than 1 year ago
bedesheart More than 1 year ago
I got confused at the end as Childs tried to cram too many explanations in too little space. Hard to follow and to make it all fall in place logically.
AndyAC More than 1 year ago
As someone else said, I thought that by now I'd be sick of Jack Reacher, but not so. Lee Child keeps revealing different facets of the man's character and, each book, and I'm going through them all having somehow just discovered him, is a really terrific story. "The Affair" is no exception. It answers many questions about the main character, but again, adds new clues to his personality. This one, as all the others, keeps you up at night reading -- thank you Lee Child for some very good entertainment.
daniele christensen More than 1 year ago
Love reacher!
hookemhornsJA More than 1 year ago
Reads like an author on a deadline, trying to force out some sort of story. Long, rambling digressions into meaningless areas, contrived, implausible plot... I typically love the Jack Reacher novels, but it was all I could do not to put this one down and walk away. This was seriously 4 hours of my life that I wish I had back.
Capri142 More than 1 year ago
I rarely write reviews. It seems like others do a much better job of it that I do. This was one book that I just had to say something about though. First off I have been a big Lee Child fan since the first Reacher book came out some time ago. He always delivers a good read but with The Affair he out did himself. I finished this book almost in one read.....used up the better part of A Friday night as well. The story takes back to Reacher's last days in the Army. The suspense builds from page one and never lets up. A really good read! Be prepared to lose a bit of sleep, It is a hard book to put down