The Affair (with bonus short story Second Son)
A Jack Reacher Novel
By Lee Child
(Dell, Mass Market Paperback, 9780440246305, 608pp.)
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
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Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997.
A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A cover-up. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington.
Reacher is ordered undercover to find out everything he can and then to vanish. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, Reacher meets local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux, who has a thirst for justice and an appetite for secrets. Uncertain they can trust each other, they reluctantly join forces. Finding unexpected layers to the case, Reacher works to uncover the truth, while others try to bury it forever. The conspiracy threatens to shatter his faith in his mission—and turn him into a man to be feared.
Don’t miss Lee Child’s short story “Second Son” and a sneak peek of his new novel, A Wanted Man, in the back of the book.
Lee Child is the author of sixteen Jack Reacher thrillers, including the New York Times bestsellers Persuader, The Enemy, One Shot, and The Hard Way, and the #1 bestsellers Worth Dying For, 61 Hours, Gone Tomorrow, Bad Luck and Trouble, and Nothing to Lose. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in more than forty territories. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures. A native of England and a former television director, Child lives in New York City, where he is at work on his next thriller.
“A veritable tour de force . . . brilliantly constructed, flawlessly executed and deliciously plotted.”—The Washington Times
“The [Reacher] novel fans have been waiting for.”—USA Today
“One of the best Reacher books yet . . . The tension builds early and continues nonstop.”—The Miami Herald
“Big, exciting . . . The Affair shakes up the status quo.”—The New York Times
“A series that stands in the front rank of modern thrillers.”—The Washington Post
“Jack Reacher is the coolest continuing series character now on offer.”—Stephen King
“Child makes what he does seem simple. If it is, though, it’s strange that nobody has managed it so well.”—Evening Standard