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Killing Floor by Lee Child

Killing Floor (original 1997; edition 1997)

by Lee Child

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Title:Killing Floor
Authors:Lee Child
Info:Bantam (2010), Paperback, 528 pages
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Killing Floor by Lee Child (1997)

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Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He's just passing through Margrave, GA, and in less than an hour, he's arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Reacher knows is that he didn't kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn't stand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, GA. Not a chance in hell. ( )
  jepeters333 | Apr 23, 2017 |
This is the first of the Jack Reacher series. It was a good introduction to the character and entertaining even if some of the plot is a tad improbable. The narrator was great, although at 15 1/2 hours the book felt too long. I've heard from good sources that the books only get better so I will continue with the series. ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
I decided to start this series just for the heck of it and was rewarded with a great book. Jack Reacher finds himself arrested in smalltown, Georgia for a murder he did not commit, and while making a case for his innocence and release, finds himself in the middle of a massive counterfeiting operation and conspiracy that involves, of all things, his brother. What follows is Reacher and his newfound girlfriend trying to get to the bottom of this operation while avoiding atttempts on their life multiple times along the way. I was very impressed with how Child took many plotlines and wove them all together in a tight, thrilling novel. Reacher is a very interesting character, with many layers and capable of many things in a story such as this. Looking forward to other Reacher tales in the future. ( )
  utbw42 | Feb 6, 2017 |
This was my first experience of Lee Child and I listened to the whole book in a day and a bit.

The lead character, Jack Reacher, is a rootless wanderer who arrives in a remote American town to find himself accused of committing a violent murder just hours before. That he is a man capable of great violence, emerges as the story goes on but, as another author once said, about his own character, it's not mindless violence but "thoughtful" violence.

He saves another man's life - not philanthropically, but because it's necessary to avoid his own life being put at risk - and, partly as a result of this, he finds out there is something extremely dark and nasty going on in this town. He decides to stop it - again, not for anyone else' sake but because by this time he has discovered a very personal reason for getting involved.

There are some interesting subsidiary characters, and a few that felt a tad clichéd - are there really so many 'dumb cops' in backwoods America? I wonder, too, about all the gunfire, crashes, and other noisy events that happen with absolutely no notice being taken by anyone in the vicinity. And towards the end of the book something happened that struck me as *such* a Hollywood cliché - but then, thinking about when this was written, maybe it it was a new idea at the time? (It's a bit like saying Shakespeare is full of quotations!) These are minor niggles and didn't detract from the enjoyment of the story.

The reader, Dick Hill, gives great vocal characterisation and kept me listening. I was sorry to find that a different reader was chosen for the next few books in the series. ( )
  Kindleifier | Dec 23, 2016 |

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  Synopsis: Jack Reacher, ex-army, is now an avowed drifter. Boating down the river of life with no destination in mind, simply seeing what comes his way. He stops at a small Georgia town to escape a heavy rain and becomes embroiled in a small town's politics, several murders, a larger overall mystery and tangles with a real bad outfit.   My Thoughts: First off, this is brutal. It got my Ultra-violence tag, but it was not ultra-violence that I like. I like Violence in space, or with elves, or in a time before I was born, not in the here and now. In other words, I don't like real life violence. If you can't wrap your head around the differences, that is ok. It took me years to figure why I liked some kinds of violence and not others. Very much a psychological/mental difference. Prison rape that didn't happen, but was described what "could have" happened. A 4 man butcher squad that tortured and killed the families of anyone who found out about their activities, in pretty graphic detail.   At the same time, I really enjoyed the overall story/mystery/thriller. Jack is a smart man who simply doesn't want to be tied down to our current society's way of life. So he drifts and this time he simply drifted into the wrong place at the wrong time. It turns out that only he can take care of things once it is discovered his brother is involved. It is a very engaging story about a man doing what a man's gotta do.   There is a love interest, that is pretty strong, but you know how it is going to turn out right from the get go. Jack is no settlin' down man.  In the end, Justice AND Revenge are served, the badguys die and Jack drifts off to another town and another story.   Just like with Necroscope, I plan on reading more in this series, but provisionally on a book by book basis. One book I can't take, for whatever reason and I'm done.   Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars Author: Lee Child " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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Jack Reacher loses his brother in this book.
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When Jack Reacher suddenly decides to ask a Greyhound bus driver to let him off near the town of Margrave, Georgia, he thinks it's because his brother once mentioned that the famed blues guitarist Blind Blake died there. But it doesn't take long for the footloose ex-military policeman to discover that there are plenty of strange--and very dangerous--things going on behind Margrave's manicured lawns and clean streets that demand his attention. This first thriller by a former television writer features some of the best-written scenes of action in recent memory, a crash course in currency and counterfeiting, and a hero who is just begging to be called on for an encore.

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Jack Reacher, an ex-military policeman passes through the town of Margrave, Georgia and is accused of murder. He must find the true killer and prove his innocence--with virtually the whole town against him.

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