Monday, October 10, 2011

Jack Reacher Comes to Memphis

Posted By on Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Lee Child
  • Lee Child
Jack Reacher, author Lee Child's fictional tough guy, shows up in Memphis in the latest Reacher installment called "The Affair."

If you don't know who Jack Reacher is, then read no further. If you do, you have probably already read most of the Reacher series except for "The Affair," which I grabbed from the library a week ago and returned today. Previous Reacher novels have been set in Georgia, Indiana, Texas, and Montana among other states.

This time the main setting is a small town next to an Army Ranger base in northeast Mississippi in 1997. The town sounds a little like Corinth. A railroad and a nightly train play a big part in the plot. The book explains, more or less, why Reacher the wandering ex-MP is the way he is.

There are the now familiar head butts, one-on-six fistfights, broken necks, shots to the head, sex scenes, and a few references to Reacher's brother and other characters who show up in other books. He only passes through Germantown and Memphis a couple of times, and the descriptions are minimal.

That's all I'm telling.

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