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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

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

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

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780553825503

    April 1, 2014

    Bantam

    528 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780739378489

    December 15, 2014

    Random House USA

    RRP $39.99

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  • Paperback

    9780553825510

    March 20, 2012

    Bantam

    608 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • EBook

    9781409011446

    October 3, 2011

    Transworld Digital

    528 pages

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Also by Lee Child

Night School
The Midnight Line
No Middle Name
Killing Floor
Die Trying
Make Me
The Hard Way
A Wanted Man
Tripwire
The Visitor
Echo Burning
Persuader
Personal
Bad Luck And Trouble
Gone Tomorrow
Without Fail
61 Hours
Worth Dying For
The Enemy
Past Tense
The Christmas Scorpion
Too Much Time
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Small Wars

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Make Me
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Dragonfly In Amber
The Store
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Golden House
On Chesil Beach
Breath
Ready Player One
The Trip of a Lifetime
Baby Teeth
The Light Between Oceans