Saturday, November 12, 2011

Books: The Affair by Lee Child

The Affair (Jack Reacher, #16)The Affair by Lee Child

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lee Child's most recent Jack Reacher thriller sends his famous character back in time to where he developed many of the quirks that made the other books in the series so enjoyable. This novel is set in 1997, and Reacher is still an Army MP with the rank of major. The Army is changing, downsizing in the interlude between the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the War on Terror. Three murders of beautiful women have occurred in a small town in Mississippi, which is located near an important and politically connected Army base. The Army sends an investigator to check out the base which is locked down during the investigation, while Reacher is slipped into the town through the back door to conduct an unofficial investigation of the town. Reacher joins forces with the (naturally) beautiful female sheriff, an ex-Marine who sees through his cover story immediately. Looking for either a civilian or military killer, Reacher conducts his own type of investigation uncovering a massive conspiracy that goes all the way to the top. This book works pretty well, and Reacher remains a compelling character, and to see him in transition between the military and civilian worlds is quite interesting. Child writes at a brisk pace that keeps things moving along well even when the characters are waiting for something to happen. With the sheriff being repeatedly described as a beautiful woman, it is inevitable that she would get together and the sex scenes do grow a little gratuitous after a while. But it is a small quibble in another fine entry in a very popular series. The Affair: A Reacher Novel -

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