March 1997. A woman has her throat cut behind a bar in Carter Crossing, Mississippi. Just down the road is a big army base.Is the murderer a local guy - or is he a soldier?Jack Reacher, still a major in the military police, is sent in undercover.
The county sheriff is a former U.S. Marine - and a stunningly beautiful woman. Her investigation is going nowhere. Is the Pentagon stonewalling her? Or doesn't she really want to find the killer?
The adrenaline-pumping, high-voltage action in The Affair is set just six months before the opening of Killing Floor, and it marks a turning point in Reacher's career. If he does what the army wants, will he be able to live with himself? And if he doesn't, will the army be able to live with him? Is this his last case in uniform?
©2011 Lee Child (P)2011 Random House Audio
"Reacher is back"
Glad to see the unabridged version followed quickly and as always with exellent narration from Jeff Harding who for me is Reacher. I have listened to Jeff many times in various stories and rate his skills highly all round, however he put's the character into Reacher like no other (no disrespect to the other guys who have performed the character, be it Kerry Shale or Dick Hill all of whom I like well enough as narrators). Whilst Lee Child structures the stories in exactly the same way as the last, I am unable not to want the next one, and the next one and always listen to the unabridged as I don't see that you can do justice to it in a 3rd of the time that the abridged versions offer. As always...hooked from the start and usually done within a couple of days!!
I can't get enough of this character I've read them all - books and audio. I read the hardback first and then wait, hoping that it's going to be Jeff Harding again, because he IS Jack Reacher. This one is back story, telling how our hero came to be on the road and out of the Army.
Just one note for the author, Lee Child, leave out the detailed sex scenes please!
"A brilliant introduction to Jack Reacher"
This was my first "Reacher" book. I could not believe the detail and the sheer brilliance of the descriptive narrative. You could really feel the oppressive southern heat and you just don't mind the heat because the story just keeps getting better.
The details are so vivid and acutely "American" is is hard to believe the author is a Brit!
"Am I a Reacher fan, probably not but..."
I really enjoyed this but I confess I am not keen on Reacher! I do find the language a little limited there is a lot of he said she said. This is more than compensated for by the plot.
This was my first exposure to Reacher, although I was reading "one shot" in print concurrently, it is written in a different style but I like the pace.
Whilst I enjoyed the story I find Reacher of dubious morality; he dispenses justice that I feel uncomfortable with but hey he's American.
Really enjoyed this story. Had a couple of twists that I didn't quite expect and as my first Jack Reacher novel, I really enjoyed it and am now trying to pick which one to order next!
"Jack's back at his powerful best"
If you like Jack reacher or even if you don't this book will keep you listening. one of the best of the Jack Reacher books so far. Always at the limits of legality and not always appreciated Jack is a one man legal system. his version of justice is tough!
Lee child has created a character that will live on for a long time, he seems to tap in to the subconscious and takes us to a place we all think we know, small town america. Because he fits his characters and locations so well with peoples mental pictures the stories come alive.
Reading is a little different if you are used to Kerry Shale (who I personally prefer) but still an excellent narration.
This is one of those rare books that seems to have been made better by being read - brilliant!
"It made me find time to listen. Captivating."
This was my first Jack Reacher and I felt the plot had a good pace and was well thought out. I found the sex scenes amusingly 'missionary' or maybe that is only the dumbed down version that we were given. Perhaps 'the second time' is best for Reacher as he has run out of imagination? Usually it is sufficient for me to know that the characters have/are being intimate but the way the 'act' was presented in this story fitted the literary device very well! It was amusing the way the two halves of the book cut in at 'that' moment. The violence was gratuitous and I do not like people acting as judge and jury. I will try a few more of these books but suspect that I will not get on with the format if this is what the others are like.
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