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From the number one bestseller: the coolest, sexiest, punch-packing Reacher thriller yet.

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 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? Is this his last case in uniform?

Reviews

Plenty of action....much more of a whodunit than anything Lee Child has previously written...The gripping plot and breathtaking violence ensure it is difficult to put down.

Evening Standard

Jack Reacher has long since earned his prominent place in the pantheon of cool,smart-talking American heroes....Shakes up the status quo by delivering the Reacher creation myth...stealthily funny...this book is really about the man himself.

Janet Maslin, New York Times

Just when you thought it couldn't possibly get any better, Lee Child pulls Jack Reacher out of another hole and, bang, he produces nothing short of a thriller masterpiece...Here, we get what we've been waiting for...the story of how Reacher became Reacher.

Henry Sutton, Mirror

Child on top of his game. It could well be his best book yet...The paradox of Reacher is that he is both a great big grizzly bear of a fighter...and a thinker, both Schwarzenegger and Socrates. Make love and war is his credo.

Independent

Just finished The Affair. As always, hero Reacher grabs me on page one and never lets go. Right now Lee Child is my No1 thriller writer

Ken Follett (on Twitter)

Lee Child is on brilliant form in The Affair... for sheer page-turning ability it's unbeatable

Evening Standard

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Formats & editions

Also by Lee Child

The Midnight Line
No Middle Name
Tripwire
The Visitor
Killing Floor
Night School
Die Trying
Echo Burning
Make Me
Personal
The Hard Way
A Wanted Man
61 Hours
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Small Wars
Jack Reacher Omnibus: Killing Floor & Die Trying
Not a Drill (A Jack Reacher short story)
Never Go Back and Me & Mr Rafferty E-bundle
Never Go Back
High Heat: (A Jack Reacher Novella)
Deep Down (A Jack Reacher short story)
James Penney's New Identity/Guy Walks Into a Bar (Storycuts)
Second Son: (Jack Reacher Short Story)
Worth Dying For

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The Lost Symbol
Haunted
The Golden House
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Swing Time
The Mistress
Tiger Men
The Golden Age
Fifty Shades Darker
A Long Way from Home