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Killing Floor by Lee Child

Killing Floor (1997)

by Lee Child

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Series: Jack Reacher (1)

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The best part about Killing Floor is without a doubt the character of Jack Reacher. Child definitely planned it that way. He sets up the series with an introduction to a man who is ex-military, ex-law enforcement, and 100% loner with a secret soft heart. Reacher doesn't like to be tied down to any one place or person, but he can be swayed to stick around for a bit.
And now for the plot. Jack has wandered into a murder and ends up being the prime suspect because an eye witness put him at the scene of the crime. When the dead man turns out to be Reacher's brother the plot thickens. How does Reacher clear his name, seek vengeance for his brother and manage to not fall in love with a cop? You have to read the story to find out. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jul 18, 2019 |
5 = Life Changing
4 = Among Best in Genre; Enlightening
3 = Enjoyable; Informative
2 = Missable
1 = Avoid ( )
  xKEEFx | Jul 13, 2019 |
Having seen both Jack Reacher films (which I must confess to having enjoyed), I thought it only right that I take a look at one of the books that started the whole Reacher empire. I found a cheap copy of 'Killing Floor' on Amazon, and read the whole thing in about a week.

At first, I was mightily impressed. The hard-boiled prose spoke to me in a voice similar to Dashiell Hammett's, and the in-depth knowledge the writer possesses of his field really came to the fore. I think I enjoyed this book right until Reacher and Hubble come out of prison - those first passages, when nobody seems sure what's going on or who can be trusted, really worked well.

The problems began around that time, starting with a rather ridiculous plot device. Reacher, for whom nothing and nobody really seems to matter, discovers that the man whose murder he has been arrested for - SPOILER ALERT - is his brother. Now, the action all takes place in some tiny town in middle America, and Reacher only chose to stop off here at random during his peregrinations around the country; add to that the fact that the two brothers had barely spoken in years, and you have a particularly odd contrivance to work as motivation for what follows.

And then, the hard-boiled writing starts to work against Lee Child. It's not sufficient to support a book of this length. My favourite sentence in the whole book (and pretty much the reason I'm giving this two stars) came when Reacher takes his date out to dinner in a restaurant at the airport, and describes the place (or the food - I forget) with this: "It was OK." Thanks for that, Reacher/Child. Whole sections of the book could have been skipped if this is the language we're going to be treated to.

I'm not sure if I'd want to read another Reacher book after this one. I was entertained, more or less, as I read, but not to the extent that I would want to accompany Reacher on another of his adventures. I get the feeling that this is the prototype, and anything that follows will be something of a rehash - which might be an unfair analysis, but since I haven't read everything of Penelope Fitzgerald's or EM Forster's, I might prefer to invest my time there. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | May 3, 2019 |
Lee Child took me on a roller coaster ride as I have never read any of the Jack Reacker books and I can't wait to read more! ( )
  HOTCHA | Mar 18, 2019 |
My first Jack Reacher book, and I'm not sure what to think, frankly. It's well-paced, interesting, with a good mix of action and character. However, it's almost too intense for me, which is not something I thought I'd ever say. The fear quotient is very high, at least for me; I found myself skipping pages because it was too suspenseful, in the same way that I change the channel on TV when the plot appears to be going sideways. Like the Val McDermid books, Child seems to be Too Much for this old lady, veering off the comfortable frisson into the frankly (and realistically) terrifying. I'll try another book or two, but it's a lot of blood and guts. ( )
  CatherineBurkeHines | Nov 28, 2018 |
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Hill, DickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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My agent is Darley Anderson in London; my editors are David Highfill in New York and Marianne Velmans in London.
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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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