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 ...Read MoreMarch 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? And is this his last case in uniform?Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2011-11-28 As usual, veteran narrator Dick Hill does a masterful job of evoking world-weary investigator Jack Reacher, this time in the prequel to Child's bestselling series. In this installment, the author finally spells out the circumstances surrounding Reacher's departure from his job as a military cop: the investigation into the murder of a young woman in a small Mississippi community. As the truth slowly unfolds, Hill delivers a nuanced performance of a character he's voiced for some 14 years. While the introduction of a potential love interest spices up the homicide inquiry, Hill's rendition of her dialogue may remind some listeners of Dustin Hoffman's portrayal of Dorothy Michaels in Tootsie-and that takes some getting used to. Nonetheless, Hill's gifts as an actor are evident throughout, and he shines during the book's final confrontation in which Reacher explains how he put all the pieces together. A Delacorte hardcover. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-08-15 Child's compelling 16th thriller featuring incorruptible vigilante Jack Reacher (after Worth Dying For) rewinds the clock to 1997 when Reacher was still a military cop and working on the case that led to his eventual break with the Army. Reacher must figure out whether the shocking murder of 27-year-old Janice May Chapman in Carter Crossing, Miss., has any connection with nearby Fort Kelham, where Army Rangers are trained. Reacher soon learns that two other women had their throats slit in the same way as Chapman, and the leading suspect is a Fort Kelham captain, whose father is a U.S. senator and diehard Army supporter. Reacher knows all too well the case has political trouble written all over it-and he and his Army bosses quickly butt heads over how it should be handled. Readers expecting new insight or details into Reacher's background will be disappointed, but they'll find all the elements-solid action, wry humor, smart dialogue-that have made this series so popular. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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