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The Affair (Jack Reacher, Bk 16)
The Affair - Jack Reacher, Bk 16
Author: Lee Child
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 coverup.  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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780440246305
ISBN-10: 044024630X
Publication Date: 3/27/2012
Pages: 608
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 221 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed The Affair (Jack Reacher, Bk 16) on + 188 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
While this book is considered #16 in the series, it actually should have been published first. It takes place in 1997 when Reacher goes TDY and then is asked to leave the service.
reviewed The Affair (Jack Reacher, Bk 16) on + 88 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Testosterone filled adventure that brings us back to the days when Reacher was still an army MP.
I enjoyed it enough to think it was one of the better Reacher books all of which I thought were good to great and very worth reading.
For those new to the series I highly recommend this one be read first since it is his earliest days and does explain some things that come later.
For you long time Reacher fans like myself I suggest you read this to find out where he came from and how he got there.
reviewed The Affair (Jack Reacher, Bk 16) on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
One of Lee Child's best...I have read all of his Jack Reacher books in sequence and didn't realize that the period right after he left the Army had not been covered in his stories. There have only been a couple of books that I remember after a few months but this one has stayed with me probably because of the very well constructed story line. Now I wonder why Jack Reacher has never mentioned Elizabeth before in previous stories. She is one cool woman - with military experience just like Reacher's! There is an added treat about Jack Reacher at age 13 in a short story that follows "The Affair."
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reviewed The Affair (Jack Reacher, Bk 16) on + 10 more book reviews
I think this book should be the first Reacher book read.
A GREAT read.
reviewed The Affair (Jack Reacher, Bk 16) on + 25 more book reviews
best Reacher story yet. Good plot and more characters in more detail than some other reacher novels.
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My one question for Jack Reacher (and you might chuckle if you've read the book): What year is it?

__This particular Reacher novel climbs into the wayback machine to show us Reacher's last move with the military. The book encompasses some very predictable tropes, including describing people's looks at length (flattering terms or unflattering terms), showing The One Best Guy For the Job mentality, and an overwhelming willingness (or need, perhaps) to go against the grain. Reacher reminds me a bit of the American television character Gregory House, M.D., in the way he does things. He's certainly not afraid to be blunt or insult someone's intelligence/lack thereof to prove his point.