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The Affair by Lee Child
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Jul 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: to-read, thrillers
Read in March, 2012 — I own a copy

I really liked this book. I've read all the Reacher books, and they are my obligatory holiday read.

Lee Child has a wonderful ability to conjure up atmosphere in his Reacher books. You learn a lot about the US military, you get a lot of clever deconstructions of human behaviour, and as superhuman as Reacher is - he rarely gets a scratch on him - his character always feels plausible. The description of events, the thought processes of the main character and his knowledge - it all adds credence to the unbelievable.

If I have any criticism of the Reacher books, its always the end. For me its always more about the journey. Reacher works the clues to a crime, figures things out, and that's where the fun and the tension is. When the conclusion actually comes (and I find this in all the books), it always seems a bit to straightforward.

But that doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the books, and assuming there's another one in time for my next holiday, I shall certainly be buying it.

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