Killing Floor

Killing Floor

Book - 2012
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THE FIRST JACK REACHER NOVEL

The bestselling novel featuring the "wonderfully epic hero"( People) who inspired the hit films Jack Reacher and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

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 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, Georgia. Not a chance in hell.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2012, c1997
Edition: 2nd Berkley trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780425264355
Branch Call Number: M CHI
Characteristics: 407 p. ;,21 cm

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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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7626dee
Oct 14, 2016

If you can ignore the extreame coincidence that places Reacher in Margrave this isn't a bad first try. It would have been much better if Child had first written an intro novel to let us meet Reacher while in the Army and then moved onward from there. Child does write like it will be a screenplay and it probably will be.

PimaLib_IngridT Aug 05, 2016

I really like Jack Reacher. He's a great guy. This book was fun to read. I looked forward to picking it up and reading where I left off. I read this book because of an interview on NPR with Lee Child for his #21 latest Jack Reacher book- Night School. A second jack Reacher movie is also slated to come out soon with Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.

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MaZaRo
Jul 12, 2016

Great book but the ending was unexpected.

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rishikanta_p
May 30, 2016

Awesome book. Didn't want to put down as soon as I started reading.

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LearnDressage
Feb 23, 2016

Fast paced and fun however I found it hard to "care" about the main character in this novel. No real traits that connect me to Reacher enough to care how his heroic tale turns out. Good ending but don't think I'll read another Reacher book for awhile.

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aprinterslife
Nov 07, 2015

Loved it! the pace and plot will keep anyone on the edge of their seats. One of those books you cannot put down.

LRS1969 Nov 04, 2015

I have yet to meet a Jack Reacher novel that I didn't love. (Heck, I even enjoyed the Jack Reacher movie - despite the horrible casting of Tom Cruise as Jack... a major part of Jack's persona is his SIZE!)

I have read the main series twice now (currently on third round) and realized that I had never Reviewed these, so determined to do so during this reading of the series.

I find an interesting element in my readings that I seem to subconsciously have minor (usually minor) technical type errors pop out at me. I am amazed that the author (who clearly does a lot of research) does as good a job as he does in this subject when he was never in the military much less the U. S. Army or the MPs.

(I think that was because I had experience in both the military and law enforcement, so those things popped out at me - other things were just in other areas of personal interest)

A good start to an interesting character. This is one of those books where it does so much better in a "series format" as the character development is (to varying degrees) ongoing to a fair degree.

And it's a good combination of action, mystery, and drama.

In any case, I would highly recommend the reading of this book (and also primarily in the series order... some books in the series can be good "stand alone" ones, but not as well as in the series setting - very much like the Richard Sharpe series).

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PearlyBaker
Oct 10, 2015

Yet another book and series I really wanted to like and get into but could not. I found it to be rather shallow and pedantic. Jack Reacher is totally unconvincing to me as a human being. His affect is flatter than Forrest Gump when he met JFK. And this "love" interest with Roscoe? I was more interested in the day to day happenings of Mark Watney in the Martian and that piece made me want to be a misanthrope on general principle alone. I think I will stick to Ian Fleming in the future where at least I can find a little depth.

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ShannanwithanA
Oct 07, 2015

Satisfying read. Jack Reacher is a great character to get to know and Lee Child makes it worth your while. For a tough guy, Reacher has a refreshingly laid back demeanor. He's smart, introspective, and complex. Lee Child builds warm relationships between Reacher and female interests. One word of caution: Lee Child has a grisly side that shows itself in the crime scenes he creates.

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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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