Killing Floor

Killing Floor

Book - 2008
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Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He's just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he's arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Jack 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, Georgia. Not a chance in hell.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Jove Books, 2008, c1997.
Edition: 1st Jove premium ed.
ISBN: 9780515153651
9780515141429
Call Number: MYSTERY
CHILD
Characteristics: 536 p. ; 19 cm.
Subjects: Government investigators -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Reacher, Jack (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Georgia -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction

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sison_0
Aug 26, 2020

Don't remember where I first heard of Jack Reacher. Haven't seen the films. The physical copy was small and unassuming, but the font was also pretty small. It became a bit of a slog. The set up reminds me of Rambo. The most exciting scene was a fight that happens in the first few chapters. I do appreciate the fact that most, if not all, details were interconnected somehow. Though it also makes things super convenient.

The title confused me, but that may refer to the "Blind Blake" singer Reacher goes to Margrave for.

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mroufael
Aug 13, 2020

(Jack Reacher, #1)

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ShalynTybo
Aug 06, 2020

This was the first Jack Reacher book published.
However, it is not chronologically the first story in the life of Jack Reacher.
I suggest first reading these short stories in this order: Second Son, High Heat, Deep Down, Small Wars. They can be found in the 12 story collection titled "No Middle Name".
Then read: The Enemy, Night School, The Affair before reading Killing Floor.
Typical Reacher book; mayhem, murder, mix-ups, retribution, resolution, renewed roaming.
I did enjoy Lee Child's introduction which explains why and how he started writing the series.

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hawkeye23
Dec 02, 2019

Reacher series #1

IndyPL_RobinK Nov 07, 2019

The first of the Jack Reacher series does not disappoint. Tom Cruise is so miscast based on the introduction by the author describing Reacher as 6' 5", 250 pounds, quiet and intimidating. This guy uses any means necessary to get to the truth and his form of justice. In this case, he is arrested upon walking into a small town and is accused of murder. His only goal is to prove his innocence and move on--until he finds out who the victim is. Then it's game on!

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DavidCarr
Nov 10, 2018

Book #9 chronologically after The Affair (2011) and before Die Trying (1998):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Reacher_(book_series)#In-story_chronology

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Blue_18
Nov 05, 2018

Very good book but I thought it lost focus at the end. The ending definitely doesn't match the level of tension in the rest of the book. It slows down considerably and then just kind of quits. Maybe, after the book was finished, someone decided the ending needed to be changed so it could be turned into a series?

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crystalcreative
Sep 18, 2017

This had been recommended to me and heck, we know it's popular, but it wasn't my area, y'know? Crime thriller? Not really me. And then there's Tom Cruise, who inadvertently ruined it for readers everywhere by playing Reacher in the movie version. Sorry Tom, you were great in Top Gun.
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So I gave it a go and wow - I will admit it took me the first third of the book to NOT picture Tom Cruise <cringe!>, but gradually build a picture of my Jack Reacher. But despite that, it was totally gripping right from the start. (The plot started out similar to the first Rambo movie.) I got a view into things I'd never thought to think about, like army life, and the kind of skills that life taught you. And I got to mooch through America for a while - I like their diners and they seem to do good coffee. :)
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So this book - waaaay better than expected. I am completely addicted now, and will be following the adventures of Reacher through as many next books as can hold me, so far that makes three, and still loving every page.

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PolyWogg
Sep 03, 2017

BOTTOM-LINE:
Great intro to a series
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
The plot is relatively confused to start. Jack Reacher is a drifter who gets picked up by the police in a small town as a suspected murderer. He knows he didn't do it, so he is fairly cooperative with the lead detective. But when it starts to appear that some of the other people don't particularly care if he did it, he is a little annoyed that their laziness is going to cost him a weekend in jail with someone else who confessed to the crime. Jack starts to draw on his past skills as an MP in the army to help out the investigation, and then it starts to get personal.
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WHAT I LIKED:
From the word go, Jack Reacher is a solid character. He comes with a lot of history and no baggage, which I understand is how the rest of the series unfolds as well. The characters read a little more stream-lined than perhaps a Robert B. Parker novel, without as much soul-searching, and the action keeps going.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
There is a major "coincidence" in the novel, and I really hate novels that hang on coincidence as a major plot device to move the story along. Happenstance is one thing, such as Jack being in the town and subject to being suspected. But when it turns out that Jack knew one of the victims, in a town where he doesn't know anyone, and there's no reason for either of them to be there, it's a bit of a stretch.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.

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brianwalsh1948
Jul 23, 2017

I have read every Jack Reacher book and watched both movies. How can anyone not love this guy? Great read and highly recommended for his fans. Not for everyone but Reacher fans will love it. Some people didn't like Tom Cruise in the movie role, but apart from the physical size discrepancy, I loved them both.

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jimg2000
Mar 25, 2014

Self Introductions: I am a white man. I am very tall. My hair is fair. I was sitting there wearing a long black overcoat. I didn't have a hat. Or a bag ... According to your fancy definition, I don't come from anywhere. I come from a place called Military. I was born on a U.S. Army base in West Berlin. My old man was Marine Corps and my mother was a French civilian he met in Holland ... I had been in the service since the day I was born. Now I was out. Being out felt great. Felt like freedom ... I had told them I had been a military policeman ...

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