The Affair: A Reacher Novel

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Dell, 2012 - Fiction - 590 pages
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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.


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User Review  - LaurieGienapp - LibraryThing

Nice surprise ending. And as a long-time reader of Reacher novels (or rather, listener)... I enjoyed getting backstory that explained Reacher's quirkiness. Read full review

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User Review  - jamespurcell - LibraryThing

One of Child's best, as he is sent to monitor an investigation looking into the death of a woman in a small Mississippi town. The prime suspect may be one of the elite Rangers at a nearby base. The ... Read full review

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Lee Child is the author of sixteen Jack Reacher thrillers, including the New York Times bestsellers Persuader, The Enemy, One Shot, and The Hard Way, and the #1 bestsellers Worth Dying For, 61 Hours, Gone Tomorrow, Bad Luck and Trouble, and Nothing to Lose. 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. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in more than forty territories. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures. A native of England and a former television director, Child lives in New York City, where he is at work on his next thriller.

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