"This was the first Jack Reacher novel and with its lean, spare prose it has one of the most intriguing heroes of our times and displays a gift for explosive drama." (Daily Express)
Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he's about to regret.
Reacher is the only stranger in town on the day they have had their first homicide in thirty years.The cops arrest Reacher and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure.
They picked the wrong guy to take the fall.
Although the Jack Reacher novels can be read in any order, Killing Floor is the first book in the internationally popular series. It presents Reacher for the first time, as the tough ex-military cop of no fixed abode: a righter of wrongs, the perfect action hero.
Although the tale is built around a coincidence as big as the author's talent, beautifully detailed action scenes and fascinating arcana about currency and counterfeiting enliven this taut and tough-minded first novel by British TV writer Child. Out of sheer restlessness and rootlessness, 36-year-old ex-military policeman Jack Reacher persuades a Greyhound bus driver to make an unscheduled stop in Margrave, the small Georgia town where Reacher's brother, a U.S. Treasury official, just happens to have been murdered a few hours earlier. Reacher doesn't know about his brother's death or suspect his presence in the town. Indeed, when he's arrested in a local diner for being a conspicuously mysterious stranger, Reacher tells the detective who interviews him that he dropped off the bus to investigate the death of Blind Blake, a guitar player murdered in Margrave 60 years ago. Downsized out of the military, Reacher has cutting-edge investigative and killing skills that come in handy the moment he learns of his brother's murder. This combination of events is so unbelievably convenient that it almost overwhelms the book's solid writing. The reader expects the other shoe to drop-for Reacher to be revealed as an undercover agent, or some such; but it never does. Otherwise, Child writes with a hand as strong and steady as steel. Margrave is a wonderful creation, a seemingly picture- perfect community under the care of a mysterious foundation where the streets are always swept and the people who run the tiny local businesses get grants of $1000 a week to stay open. Two scenes of brutal violence in a nearby prison are rendered with exquisite precision, as is a stalking murder inside the baggage area of the Atlanta airport, and the vast counterfeiting conspiracy that Reacher's brother was probing is wholly credible.
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Amazing and thrilling!
I found out about these Jack Reacher novels from watching the movie, and I loved the movie so much that I had to read the novels, and let me tell you, the novels are, so far anyway, are way better!
Another awesome reacher novel!
I was recommended this book by staff member in a bookshop so I thought I might as well give it a try. But to be honest this book has nothing to give. The writing is quite amateur and it becomes "Cheesy American" in some parts. If you are looking for an unputdownable book that you can't stop reading, which is what I was looking for, try something else. It has the most obvious plot line, it's extremely coincidental (if you read it you will know what I mean), but to put it simple, it's just plain boring. There are many times where people die horrible deaths but I was far from excited. You keep reading hoping something good comes along but nothing does. However, I do understand that some people are obsessed with Jack Reacher and the books are successful. If you are like me where you think Dan Brown and Stieg Larsson are the kings of mystery and thriller, don't read this book unless you are about 13, and this is your first mystery novel. Lee Child has developed this powerful character but has no idea how to use him. This is the only book I have read of the Jack Reacher series so I would presume as Child continues on in the series, the books develop. But the fact that there are over 14 books and the first one is a disappointment, it stops me from continuing. Also I'm reluctant to read books from authors who publish a book every 6 months. Apart from most of Patterson or Grisham, I feel sometimes little thought goes into the books. A mystery has to be clever, witty and intense and should catch the reader off guard.
If you have read this whole review, thank you and if you still aren't impressed, then just buy the sample and see what you think. However the book description only describes about the first 150 pages of the book: maybe this is good or bad but you are lured into a series of events for less than half of the book. But to all who enjoyed this book, I can understand why you'd like it but for me it was a disappointment.