Dimensions: 416 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.18 in
Published: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385344325
ISBN - 13: 9780385344326
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Chapter 1 The Pentagon is the world''s largest office building, six and a half million square feet, thirty thousand people, more than seventeen miles of corridors, but it was built with just three street doors, each one of them opening into a guarded pedestrian lobby. I chose the southeast option, the main concourse entrance, the one nearest the Metro and the bus station, because it was the busiest and the most popular with civilian workers, and I wanted plenty of civilian workers around, preferably a whole long unending stream of them, for insurance purposes, mostly against getting shot on sight. Arrests go bad all the time, sometimes accidentally, sometimes on purpose, so I wanted witnesses. I wanted independent eyeballs on me, at least at the beginning. I remember the date, of course. It was Tuesday, the eleventh of March, 1997, and it was the last day I walked into that place as a legal employee of the people who built it. A long time ago. The eleventh of March 1997 was also by chance exactly four and a half years before the world changed, on that other future Tuesday, and so like a lot of things in the old days the security at the main concourse entrance was serious without being hysterical. Not that I invited hysteria. Not from a distance. I was wearing my Class A uniform, all of it clean, pressed, polished, and spit-shined, all of it covered with thirteen years'' worth of medal ribbons, badges, insignia, and citations. I was thirty-six years old, standing tall and walk
From the Publisher
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
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
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.
About the Author
LEE CHILD is the author of sixteen Jack Reacher thrillers,
including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Worth Dying
For, 61 Hours, Gone
Tomorrow, Nothing to Lose, and
Bad Luck and Trouble. His debut,
Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry
awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won
both the Barry and the Nero awards for Best Novel. Foreign
rights in the Jack Reacher series have sold in more than fifty
territories. All titles have been optioned for major motion
pictures. Child, a native of England and a former television
director, lives in New York City.
Praise for #1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Reacher
"Child is a superb craftsman of suspense."-Entertainment
"The truth about Reacher gets better and better."-Janet Maslin,
The New York Times
"Implausible, irresistible Reacher remains just about the best
butt-kicker in thriller-lit."-Kirkus Reviews
"Like his hero Jack Reacher, Lee Child seems to make no wrong
"Lee Child [is] the current poster-boy of American crime
fiction."-Los Angeles Times
"Indisputably the best escape artist in this escapist
genre."-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
"Jack Reacher is much more like the heir to the Op and Marlowe than
Spenser ever was."-Esquire