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The Affair (Jack Reacher #16)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  49,873 Ratings  ·  3,016 Reviews
With Reacher, #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child has created “a series that stands in the front rank of modern thrillers” (The Washington Post).
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 coverup.

A young woman is dead, and so

Hardcover, 405 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Delacorte Press (first published September 23rd 2011)
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Susan Johnson
LEE Child Sells Out

I love Jack Reacher so much and I feel like Lee Child has just sold him out for money. It is so offensive that Child sold the screen rights to Tom Cruise so he could play Reacher. It didn't seem to matter that Reacher is a foot taller and a hundred pounds heavier just to name two obvious reasons he's so obviously miscast. And now it seems like Child is writing the book to support Cruise's portrayal. He usually mentions Reacher size frequently but in this book it's just so casu
Nov 02, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I should give The Affair zero stars just on principle. Lee Child apparently agrees with the casting of that little dickhead Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Really? YGBSM!! There is no freaking way that Cruise can remotely approach the kick-ass power of Reacher in a fight with a group of bad guys. Here is one fight in the book that would be epic fail if little Tommy C tries to fill the part:

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Oct 07, 2011 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me say first that I will always choose to listen to a Jack Reacher novel instead of reading it simply because I am so impressed with the talent of Dick Hill in bringing the series to life.

The Reacher series is a favorite of mine, and I'm not sure exactly why, since I am not a fan of vigilante justice. I suppose, though, that the lone, mysterious stranger who rights wrongs and stands up for those who cannot stand up for themselves is something of an archetype. Unlike many characters of this t
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
As my second book in the Jack Reacher series (although #16 in publication and a prequel in sequence), The Affair wasn't a shabby audio read at all. The narrator Dick Hill has a terse, noirish delivery that adds to the story. He sounds a bit older than I would associate with Reacher, but he definitely has Reacher's 'you ain't the boss of me' attitude and conveys his ruthless, efficient approach to solving injustices. I think he is a good choice to narrate for the Jack Reacher books. I do have to ...more
Jane Stewart
Jan 19, 2012 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Mostly solving a mystery. It’s fun because it’s Reacher.

Books 1 to 15 in the Jack Reacher series flow in chronological order. All of them are set after Reacher left the army in March 1997 except for Book 8 (The Enemy) and this one. This book 16 goes back in time and is set in March 1997. It describes Reacher’s last investigation as an MP before he left the army.

A woman is murdered in a small town in Mississippi. The Kellum army base is nearby. They army is hoping that the murderer is
James Thane
Apr 18, 2012 James Thane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, lee-child
This is the sixteenth Jack Reacher novel and it's among the best of them all. For the second time, Lee Child goes back to tell a story from earlier in Reacher's life and this is the Jack Reacher origin story. It takes place back in 1997, when Reacher was still in the Army. Reacher loves the Army and it's the only home he's ever known, even as a child, when he grew up a military brat. But the Army is now in trouble. The Cold War has ended; the war on terror is yet to begin, and budget cutters are ...more
S.L. Pierce
Oct 31, 2011 S.L. Pierce rated it liked it
I pre-ordered this book and am dying to start but I promised myself I would get all my work done first. Don't worry, I'm sure I will be reviewing by this weekend!
Warning - I love all his books and can't imagine this one being any different!

Update: Well, I finished reading this book and had to think hard about what to write for a review. I love Jack Reacher and I love all of Lee Child's Books but is this the beginning of the end? Is Child tired? Yes, Reacher was Reacher in this book but it all f
Dec 14, 2011 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading 61 Hours, I thought the Jack Reacher series had sagged a bit. Then I finished The Affair, and I'm happy to report the series is back in full stride, at least for this reader. Jack goes back in time (1997) to his last days as an Army MP major. He's dispatched to Mississippi to work undercover to investigate three murders committed in the small town next to an Army training base. I won't rehash the plot. Jack is a hard ass when he needs to be, and he does at several points here. In s ...more
Aug 07, 2015 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tops, 2012-reads
SETTING: Mississippi

THE AFFAIR is the sixteenth book in the extremely successful Jack Reacher series. Most of those books deal with Reacher’s life after leaving the military. He is basically a drifter who travels around the US, encounters trouble and deals with it. Back in 2004, Lee Child wrote a prequel (THE ENEMY) which was set during the time that Reacher was still in the military. THE AFFAIR is also a prequel book, which follows him during the t

While I've been aware of Lee Child's best-selling Jack Reacher novels for a while, I hadn't really cracked the cover of one until I heard there was a movie based on the series headed our way. Being the guy who has to read the book first, I headed out to the local library and picked up the first novel, Killing Floor, assuming that the movie series would start with the first novel in the series.

That's what I get for assuming. Turns out that Reacher, like the Bond movies, has decided not to start w

Eric Kibler
This one was just okay.

It's the long ballyhooed story that explains why Reacher left the Army. Reacher is dispatched to Mississippi to investigate a murder, with the understanding that what he finds out may be so sensitive that the Army may want to keep a lid on it. What seems like a single murder becomes a case of serial killing. Adding to the confusion are cover-ups which lead to other killings.

Novels about serial killers often rely on salacious examinations of the abnormal psychology of the p
Jan 07, 2012 J.D. rated it really liked it
What can you say? It's a Reacher novel. You already know the rough outline of what's gong to happen: Jack rides into town, finds corruption and menace, kicks asses, finds a strong confident woman in terrible danger from the forces of said corruption, kicks some more asses, violently sets things right, rides out. The End. And somehow, it never gets old. It's a classic formula, made interesting by the variations Lee Child works with it.

This time, the book is set just before Reacher's exit from the
Oct 13, 2011 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually get the new Jack Reacher novel as soon as it comes out but I was so ticked off about Tom Cruise being cast as Jack in the soon to be filmed "One Shot" that I held off for awhile. This is the worst casting since Peter Weir screwed up Master and Commander by casting Russell Crowe as Jack Aubrey and Paul Bettany as Stephen Maturin. Cruise isn't a good enough actor to play the 6' 5", 250 lb. specimen that is Lee Child's creation—Jack Reacher. It used to be fun to think about who might play ...more
Jun 16, 2016 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unquestionably one of the better Reacher novels and a sorely needed satisfying Child experience after The Enemy, which I found to be one of the weaker novels of the author’s thus far. I really don’t know why Child insists on not writing all of his books from the first person. The third person entries are less riveting and tend to wander into painfully boring territory. When you’re in Reacher’s head, even when the story is not at one of its several extremely tense or riveting moments, it’s still ...more
Oct 02, 2011 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a long time fan I loved the context and idea of this book. Having some of the back story, the events that have been hinted at that lead to Reacher sticking his thumb out and setting off wandering around America

But there things bugged the hell out of me
1. How many times do we need to hear that it's 1997; do we really need the constant reminder that this is set prior to 9/11?!
2. Mindless killing. Up until recent books Reacher has killed, but pretty much only in self defense. He certainly didn'
Dec 24, 2011 Daniel rated it really liked it
I admire the fact that Lee Child is comfortable writing books set in different parts of Reacher's life. In his latest, he dials time back to Reacher's last case as an MP and walks us through the events that, ultimately, pointed Reacher towards the nomadic life that he embraces after leaving the military. Child drops a few bits that connect to the book that launched the series, "Killing Floor," and each elicited a little "yippee" of delight when I came across it. It's a trick, for sure, but Child ...more
Richard Starks
This is the third Reacher book I've read, and I think it will be my last. Lee Child is still a very good writer, but Reacher has evolved into something akin to a brutal psychopath - not someone you'd like, ever want to meet, or aspire to emulate. Stock characters are introduced solely to allow Reacher to beat them into submission; and he keeps killing people in the presence of, or with the connivance of, law-enforcement officers who are made by the author to think that Reacher's concept of justi ...more
I've been a Jack Reacher fan for years and usually enjoy Child's novels, always finding some basic humanity in the themes of the lone MP against great odds and a corrupt system.

While this novel is well-crafted and has a complex plot narrated in Child's terse style, I did not care for Jack Reacher in this story. Too much unwarranted killing and too little compassion make the main character seem as malevolent as the bad guys he is after.

This version is an audio book narrated by Dick Hill, another
Cathy DuPont
Dec 13, 2014 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this earlier and forgot to post it. It was better than others and I think I like Reacher more in the Army than as a civilian.

I'm giving four stars...more 3 1/2...because the others I read were clearly three stars. Two stars for a couple.

Needless to say I'm not a Reacher fan but many of my friends are and they still like me, I think. I hope.
Gaurav Parab
Sep 05, 2015 Gaurav Parab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start with a confession. I was a little skeptical about reading a Lee Child book for the simple reason that I had heard so much about it. You know how it is right, too much praise especially from the not so bright sort of person can put you off.

Then there was the grown up inside, trying to get old reading 'serious' literature on weekends with a thoughtful look plastered on the face. Then there was that writer inside, who has to be very careful about not reading anything toxic that can aff
Nov 01, 2011 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awww Jack Reacher, I swore that if you ended up in another small town walking this way and that way, that we would have to break up for good. I mean Boyfriend, we know that it would be a cheaper movie to make, but can't you just go to a city every now and again? The only saving grace that you went to this small town in 1997, and you were still in uniform, sort of, and so I enjoyed that little distraction. Your author kept mentioning in the last two books about the incidence in your past that end ...more
Apr 22, 2013 Goge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of good mystery and strong men with clear vision of right and wrong. That's Jack Reacher for me. As a fan of Lee's work, I read every Reacher book I can get my hands on. 8 books and counting. This is by far one of my favorite. In this one, Jack is still in the military doing his work. The story is strong and brutal, just like him, but he finds himself doubting his believes, the structure that molded him into a man, and becomes one of the reasons for him to leave the military and ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Melody rated it really liked it
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Nov 27, 2012 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. But then I love all Jack Reacher novels. Kept me hooked. Onto the next
3.5 stars

This 16th book in the series goes back to 1997, when Jack Reacher was an army MP (military police). A young woman named Janice Chapman has been raped and viciously murdered in the town of Carter Crossing, Mississippi - just outside Fort Kelham Army Base. The army brass, fearing a soldier may be blamed, sends two military cops to look into the case. One is sent to Fort Kelham, presumably to discover if a soldier committed the crime. At the same time Jack Reacher is sent to Carter Cros
Monique ~ Sinfully
Audiobook...narrated by Dick Hill.


Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series has been a favourite of mine for years...this, however, was not up to his usual standards.

This book goes back in time to when Jack was still in the Army and gives us an insight into the reason he left and why he chose the life of a drifter....I think the idea was a good one, but on this occasion I did not connect with the Jack I know and love. It is the usual plot with Jack saving the hero! But found myself driftin
Apr 25, 2016 Mack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read a few Reacher novels so far and I admit to liking the books although they are all quite similar in thread. They keep me guessing though and good for plane flights and illness. This novel showed a more Romeo side of Reacher that I haven’t read before and I wasn’t sure I liked the sex scenes in the storyline. I like that he fights for what he believes is right. Recommended.
Dec 02, 2014 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Meh. Any Jack Reacher novel is a blast, to a certain extent, but others are stronger on both the complexity of the mystery and conspiracy component and also the thriller aspect. There were precious few threats to Reacher in this novel, and the female lead was one-dimensional. Child phoned this one in. Still, I'll keep reading 'em as he churns 'em out.
Aug 13, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of military thrillers
After trying to read 61 hours which I quit half way through I thought I had finished with Lee Childs' writings on this rather large and impressive former MP major and his travels in the US off the radar as possible.
Having seen Reacher recently as well, bought by my better half who remembered me liking the books so the movie must please me as well since I enjoy Tom Cruise generally in his movies as well. You cannot fault your spouse for the logic,ever. The movie was well made and Tom was rather g
Apr 29, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Δέκατο έκτο βιβλίο της σειράς, αλλά χρονολογικά τοποθετείται περίπου εφτά χρόνια μετά την υπόθεση του βιβλίου "Ο εχθρός" και ακριβώς έξι μήνες πριν από το πρώτο βιβλίο της σειράς, το "Κλοιός θανάτου". Είναι, μάλιστα, το έκτο βιβλίο με ήρωα τον Τζακ Ρίτσερ που διαβάζω και για ακόμη μια φορά πέρασα εξαιρετικά.

Η ιστορία έχει ως εξής: Βρισκόμαστε στον Μάρτιο του 1997, όπου μια γυναίκα βρίσκεται με κομμένο το λαιμό σ'ένα σοκάκι σε μια μικρή πόλη του Μισισιπή, η οποία βρίσκεται κοντά σε μια μεγάλη στρ
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Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a pr ...more
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