‘The Affair’ by Lee Child

My Review (5 stars out of 5)

Behind a bar in the Mississippi town of Carter Crossing a woman lies dead. With an army base nearby, the killer could be a member of the community or serving in the military. Sent in undercover, Jack Reacher must discover the truth, but he soon realises no-one wants to know what really happened. And when Reacher begins to dig into the town’s past, he learns the murdered woman isn’t a one-off.

Although this is book number 16 in the Reacher series, the plot a little bit different to the other books, as the hero hasn’t yet made up his mind to leave the armed forces. This one is set a few months before the first book, Killing Floor, when Reacher is still a major in the army – it also hints at the story concerning Reacher’s brother, Joe, and his links to the treasury department. The story is intriguing and sets up a murder mystery that leads Reacher (and the reader) in different directions as he tries to uncover the truth.

An enjoyable read that kept me wondering all the way through.

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