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Title: The Affair
Author: Lee Child
Publisher: Random House India
Price: Rs. 325
Summary: A crime thriller
This was the first time I was reading ‘Lee Child’s’ books. Hence, there is no way I can compare this story with his previous stories. So, here is an attempt to review the book as a standalone novel. The Affair, is a sixteenth of Jack Reacher series.
The story is set in the year 1997, four years before 9/11 turned the US into a paranoid country. Jack Reacher, a tough military cop in the US Army is assigned to investigate a murder that took place in Mississippi. Reacher is an Undercover Military Officer and post his arrival, he finds out there were two other murders before his arrival. The deaths take place close to the Army base. The undercover is expected to prevent a possible scandal, if the killer is a soldier. The deputy Sheriff, an ex-marine is a beautiful lady, Elizabeth Deveraux who shows special interest in Reacher. Reacher feels her investigation isn’t going anywhere. Is it because Deveraux hates to disclose the identity of the real killer? Is she protecting someone? Will Reacher be able to find the real killer? Or will he try to protect the killer, if he is a soldier? Will his life change if he finds success in his mission? There is frequent mention of the train that passes through the closeby rail line, for it enhances the physical chemistry between Reacher and Deveraux and plays a vital role in calculating the sequence of murder taking place in the region.
Since crime is my favorite genre, I thoroughly enjoyed the story though I should admit the story ended a bit abruptly. There are times you are left confused on whom to trust and you shouldn’t, and that’s perhaps one best part of writing a good crime story. Another part I liked is there weren’t too many characters and the author has woven a good storyline with minimum characters. The dialogues are short and easy to read.
The Affair was a good read and as of now, I look forward to reading more of Lee Child books. Probably, I’d be reading The Wanted soon.
About the author: Lee Child is one of the world’s leading thriller writers.