The Affair Mysterious Book Report

The Affair by Lee Child

Delacorte Press, $28.00, 405 pages, ISBN 978-0-385-34432-6

     Unless you’ve been living under a rock next door to the guy in the insurance ads on TV, it seems as though everyone has heard of Child’s implausible hero Jack Reacher, “just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit” according to Kirkus Reviews.  Reacher’s almost Zen-like in that he owns nothing, wants nothing, and travels the USA . . . not in a Chevrolet . . . but by walking or hitching rides.  Mr. Child’s previous sixteen Reacher novels depict him as an ex-army special military policeman who resigned his commission (O-4, Major) in disgust after a cover up.  The Affair lets all his readers and legions of fans know the why, where, and what were its causes.  It’s one we’ve all been waiting for . . . and long overdue.  If you’re not familiar with tough-guy Reacher, his nose for trouble, and his sanguine, no holds barred approach to criminality, you’re in for a huge treat.  The Affair is a great introduction to Lee Child and his cool character that’ll have you walking right down to the Daniel Pierce Library in search of more of  ‘em.  It seems like everyone who reads about Reacher becomes a fan.  You will too.  Enjoy!


John Dwaine McKenna