The Affair

Version: Unabridged
Author: Lee Child
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Suspense, Detective Stories
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: September 2016
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 14 hours
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Overview

With Reacher, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Lee Child has created a series that stands in the front rank of modern thrillers ("The Washington Post").
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 is ordered undercover to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control.
Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice and an appetite for secrets. Uncertain they can trust one another, Reacher and Deveraux reluctantly join forces. 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.
A novel of unrelenting suspense that could only come from the pen of #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Lee Child, "The Affair" is the start of the Reacher saga, a thriller that takes Reacher and his readers right to the edge . . . and beyond."

Reviews (3)

The Affair

Written by Anonymous from Alexandria, VA on November 3rd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is a very lengthy story. I felt like it went on and on.

Book 2 in chronological order

Written by Angie Teal on December 15th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Even though this book is not number 2 in the series, in the CV of Jack Reacher it should be. If you were to read the series in a time line you should start with 'The Enemy' , then 'The Affair' - both while he was still an army cop. Then start "Killing Floor' when he is a homeless vet with a mission. It explains a lot about who the man is and what motivates him. And as always Dick Hill is outstanding as the reader.

The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

Written by larrycop on October 22nd, 2014

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I have always enjoyed Lee Chield's Novels, especially the Jack Reacher ones. However, in listening to this one I almost didn't complete it. I understand Dick Hill has received an award for his narrations but in listening to him the pauses he made while reading almost made me scream. I did not feel there was a constant flow of the narration. I have not heard him on any other audio books so I'don't know if this is his style. I will try another audio of his so I can dedcide. If this IS his style I will probably not listen to another of his narrations. The story itself was great. It kept me in suspense to the end.

Author Details

Author Details

Child, Lee

Lee Child was born in the exact geographic center of England, in the heart of the industrial badlands. Never saw a tree until he was twelve. It was the sort of place where if you fell in the river, you had to go to the hospital for a mandatory stomach pump. The sort of place where minor disputes were settled with box cutters and bicycle chains. He's got the scars to prove it.

But he survived, got an education, and went to law school, but only because he didn't want to be a lawyer. Without the pressure of aiming for a job in the field, he figured it would be a relaxing subject to study. He spent most of the time in the university theater - to the extent that he had to repeat several courses, because he failed the exams - and then went to work for Granada Television in Manchester, England. Back then, Granada was a world-famous production company, known for shows like Brideshead Revisited, Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect and Cracker. Lee worked on the broadcast side of the company, so his involvement with the good stuff was limited. But he remembers waiting in the canteen line with people like Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Natalie Wood and Michael Apted. And he says that being involved with more than 40,000 hours of the company's program output over an eighteen-year stay taught him a thing or two about telling a story. He also wrote thousands of links, trailers, commercials and news stories, most of them on deadlines that ranged from fifteen minutes to fifteen seconds. So the thought of a novel-a-year didn't worry him too much, in his next career.

But why a next career? He was fired, back in 1995, that's why. It was the usual Nineties downsizing thing. After eighteen years, he was an expensive veteran, and he was also the union organizer, and neither thing fit the company's plan for the future. And because of the union involvement, he wasn't on too many alternative employers' wish lists, either. So he became a writer, because he couldn't think of anything else to do. He had an idea for a character who had suffered the same downsizing experience but who was taking it completely in his stride. And he figured if he brought the same total commitment to his audience that he'd seen his television peers develop, he could get something going. He named the character Jack Reacher and wrote Killing Floor as fast as he could. He needed to sell it before his severance check ran out. He made it with seven weeks to spare, and luckily the book was an instant hit, selling strongly all around the world, and winning both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel. It led to contracts for at least nine more Reacher books.

Lee moved from the UK to the US in the summer of 1998. He lives in New York and France with his American wife, Jane. They have a grown-up daughter, Ruth. Lee likes to travel, for vacations, but especially on promotion tours so he can meet his readers, to whom he is eternally grateful. His latest thriller, Nothing to Lose was published in 2008.