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Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1)
Killing Floor - Jack Reacher, Bk 1
Author: Lee Child
When Jack Reacher first shows up in Margrave, Georgia, the local cops arrest him for murder. While Jack is still reeling from the obviously false accusation, he finds out that the dead man is his own estranged brother. Then, it seems that anyone else that he's made contact with is also dead. The town-wide conspiracy has Jack running in circl...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780515123449
ISBN-10: 0515123447
Publication Date: 5/1/1998
Pages: 419
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 314 ratings
Publisher: Jove Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Lee Child has an amazing talent for presenting an incredible story in a series while allowing each book to stand alone. One will not ruin another. This book gave quite a bit of background information on Reacher while spinning a good tale. Reacher seems to always land himself in the middle of some wild, beyond the imagination, yet plausible situations. He handles the situations in a way that can be brutal but always in favor of the "good guys." When a villian gets what is coming to him (and maybe a little extra just because Reacher can), I always think a silent victorious, "YES!" Child gives us all of that while allowing Reacher to have a little romance on the side as well.
Harpua avatar reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 15 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
A friend of mine has talked about Lee Child's books quite a bit lately so I thought I'd give one a try. Overall not a bad story. I did have it pretty much figured out from the get go so as I moved through the story, there was not much suspense. However, I did enjoy the path from beginning to end. The middle slowed down and made it hard to pick up for a little bit, but the last third of the book picked up nicely and was very enjoyable. Jack Reacher intrigues me as a character and I'm looking forward to more of his adventures.
booklit avatar reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 473 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
A real page turner. Lee Child is a fantastic writer who careful plot and nonstop action leaves you breathless and wanting more more Jack Reacher novels. Loved this book.
punkinema avatar reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 305 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Although I love mysteries and thrillers, this book was just too graphic in its details of violence. I couldn't finish it so my rating is not entirely fair. Really, it is just me and there are lots of people who would love this.
knvallejos avatar reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is my first Jack Reacher book and Lee Child novel. I picked up a Lee Child mystery with high hopes based on several reviews...but sad to say, I was a little disappointed. Perhaps it is only this series so I won't give up on other Lee Child books, but as a crime mystery, there were so many implausible scenarios. for example:

1) why does the chief of detectives, finley, allow a vagrant, unknown person (Jack Reacher) involved in the investigation of (spoiler alert!) his own brother? jack reacher wasn't just interested, at times, he was very involved and thought all the theories that it made the chief of detective look pretty stupid (even if finley is supposed to be smart).

2) actions of the antagonist(s) prove they are extremely violent and hold a lot of power in the town of margrave. yet from the actions of jack reacher, finley & roscoe during the investigations, they seem to forget this (in fact, their lack of caution leads one character to her unlikely demise in, yet again, an improbably airport scene). that either makes them idiots, but definitely does not lend credence to jack reacher's military police background, or even finley's 20 yr beat as a boston cop

3) so the "plot" or motives of the antagonists is revealed, it is kind of odd that several clues from years ago were not picked up by the chief of detective, that it had to take jack reacher, a newcomer, about 4 days to figure out.

it was enjoyable, a bit unrealistic. jack reacher is not one of my favorites, if compared to michael connelly's harry bosch.
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pwp7669 avatar reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on
This is author Lee Child's first novel --- a NY Times bestseller and a great read. [D]
reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 115 more book reviews
Great suspense and thriller. A lot of mystery to this novel. I am anxious to read more by this author.
reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 2 more book reviews
Kept me on my toes. Haven't seen the recent Jack Reacher movie but as I was reading this I kept visualizing Tom Cruz at Jack. Have Book 2 in the series and am looking forward to reading that one.
justcyn avatar reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 144 more book reviews
Glad I finally got to starting to read this series. Very interesting characters. Look forward to continuing to read the series.
reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 2 more book reviews
a good read action packed
reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
Aother great hero like Mitch Rapp
Pasquaney avatar reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
Great book -- good mystery, good characters. Reacher's introduction is excellent, and let's you in on some of his emotional realities.
Barbllm avatar reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 241 more book reviews
Killing Floor is the exciting first novel in Lee Childs Jack Reacher series, and it does not disappoint. From the opening scene where Reacher is arrested for a murder he didnt commit to the conclusion where he confronts the storys villainsthose responsible for the murders of at least ten people, including Reachers brother Joethe writing is taut and believable. Reacher here isnt a superman like he comes across in later novels; here, he projects confidence while sometimes harboring doubt. He also gets a love interest in this novel, a police officer named Roscoe, but Reachers chosen profession of wanderer makes their love a lost cause.
Bamalama avatar reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 36 more book reviews
This book was probably the most intense I have ever read, it also is one, if not the, Best book I've ever read.
reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 30 more book reviews
Edge of the seat thriller. I stayed up late to read it.
reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 81 more book reviews
Clancy, Flynn, Hunter, now Child. Great writers. Enjoyed this first Child title.
RickMatt avatar reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 4 more book reviews
This is the first Jack Reacher novel. I came to this book because of the recently released Tom Cruise movie.

Jack Reacher is a recently discharged Military Police Officer who is bumming around the country and who finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation.

I found the book to be a bit tedious, I think it could have been about 200 pages shorter, gotten the same information across, and been a more compelling read.
desertkat avatar reviewed Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Bk 1) on + 48 more book reviews
Excellent book. Jack Reacher is a complex character, and the story keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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