Monday, August 27, 2012

The Affair - by Lee Child

If you're a Jack Reacher fan and have ever wondered how it all began, this volume in his series (#16) explains the story leading up to the end of his career as a military cop, his separation from the Army, and the start of his "wandering" ways.

In this story, Major Reacher is given an undercover assignment to monitor the local law enforcement response to a rape and murder in Carter Crossing, Mississippi. There are potentially serious political implications to the Army, as Senator Carlton Riley, the chair of the Armed Services Committee has a son at nearby Fort Kelham with possible ties to the victim. Reacher matches wits with and is attracted to Sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux, a beautiful former Marine MP.

If you're a Reacher fan, this is a must-read, as it fills in some of the back story of the quirks and nature of the character you've come to know.  If you've never tried a Jack Reacher novel before, this might be a good book to start with.

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