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Killing Floor (Jack Reacher Novels) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Lee Child
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1 Dec 2012 Jack Reacher Novels (Book 1)

Killing Floor is the first book in the internationally popular series about Jack Reacher, hero of the new blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise. 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.

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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; Unabridged edition (1 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469259192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469259192
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,732 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee Child is one of the world's leading thriller writers.His novels consistently achieve the number one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages.His debut novel, Killing Floor, was written after he was made redundant from his television job in Manchester, and introduced his much-admired maverick hero, the former military cop Jack Reacher.Born in Coventry, he now lives in America.


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"If Rolls-Royce wrote thrillers they would look a lot like the work of Child. 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)

"Stunningly dynamic" (Daily Mail)

"Races along, spattering blood and body parts on the way" (Sunday Telegraph)

"At least as good as any of Grisham's" (Cork Examiner) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The very first book by number one bestseller Lee Child, which introduces his iconic hero Jack Reacher. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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353 of 372 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I discovered Lee Child's work when I was given a novel for a present. I finished it in 2 days. 'THE KILLING FLOOR' is a dynamic, intricate thriller which literally keeps you turning the pages. The character of Jack Reacher is very strong; deceptively simply written and wholly engaging. He is quickly becoming one of my favourite fiction charcters. 'THE KILLING FLOOR' takes us through the perfect small-town America deep into the heart of Georgia. Here, Reacher becomes embroilled in a series of horrific killings - and recieves some news which makes the situation intensely personal. The relationships that the charcters develop balance the horror against which they are fighting, and up the stakes to breaking point. The story that unfolds is pacey; detailed and convoluted and manages to deliver a surprise with every turn of the page. Lee Child is one of the most talented writers to come out of England for many years. I hope the books continue with the same vitality that the predecessors have had. The films will be hardpressed to reproduce Reacher's dynamic charcter - good luck to them. If you intend to read one last book in your lifetime - read this one. Then read the rest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Reacher 12 Mar 2012
By Mike Renshaw TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This was my first Reacher novel and I'd heard lots of good things (and some bad) so wasn't really sure what to expect. I'm glad I started reading these and I'm now on the 15th book back to back - they are proper page turners!

Lee Child doesn't write the worlds greatest prose but it does work unusually well - it's almost like bullet points descriptions. For example "Reacher got in the car, he started the engine and began to drive".

Normally this kind of writing style wouldn't be to my personal preference but sets the scene well and flows the story along at a nice pace that makes for a compelling read.

The actual story is just about believable, but once you've read more of the Reacher tales then I'd suggest that this may have been better more along the timeline - but that's just me nitpicking on my part! The characters can be a little wooden at times, and some of the plot lines are stretching credibility (without spoiling too much, the location and two related people being there very close in time is unlikely) However, there has been a lot of reviews on the story and how good it is, and my advice is just to give it a try - at around £5 or so it's not a lot to loose but a lot to gain. Be warned though, you may just find it compelling enough to start reading them all one after the other just like I did!

Highly recommended as a good introduction to the character and his story, but there are stronger Reacher books hence the 4 stars.
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94 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware of light posts! 6 Mar 2001
By Christine L HALL OF FAME
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'd already read "Die Trying" and "Tripwire" when I got this book and I was afraid that it wouldn't be as good as those two, since it was Mr Child's first novel. How wrong I was!!! It's absolutely brilliant and really difficult to put down. I started reading it when I went away on holiday and as I could not put it down while walking through the airport I only narrowly escaped an embarassing accident.
As with the other two Jack Reacher books that I've read, I think the plot is really clever and exciting, the characters are well developed and the scenery is very easy to visualise. And contrary to a lot of other series with the same main character I'm amazed at how different Mr Child has managed to make these books. I'm ready to read number 4!
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86 of 96 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great opener to a series and kept me entertained, but "entertained" is definitely the right word as I was not kept guessing or intrigued by complex characters or subtle plot.

The clichés about Small Town America were many and, being a UK citizen writing about people and places of the USA, Child's made a little too much effort to sound American. Count how many times he uses the phrase ". . . as he nosed the car out of the parking lot . . . as he nosed the car into traffic. . . " - I actually started to laugh out loud. One of the characters is described in a way that made me envisage him as Colonel Sanders complete with white suit, string neck tie and rootin', tootin' manner about the way he patronises town folk!

That said, you may get the impression from the above that I am extremely critical, yet strangely, I thoroughly enjoyed the pace of the book and the amount of 'stuff' that happens on almost every page. It was sufficiently satisfying that I have begun reading the second book and, no doubt, I will find myself hooked on the series.

I suppose, in many ways, it's a bit like first discovering John Grisham: You can't deny the 'readability' of his books, but they won't exactly challenge your intellect.

Great solid read, don't pass over due to some poor reviews here.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the ride - but don't look too deeply ! 15 May 2007
By BikeMan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lee Child has a smooth, minimal, easy to read style - not a word or a sentence is wasted. This means that the plot moves along rapidly and plenty happens as the story flows at a good pace.

The main character is Jack Reacher who must be the ultimate hero - ultra-tough, resourceful and of course very attractive to the main female lead. So the main attraction of the story is seeing Jack blast through the action. Don't worry too much about the plot details - just enjoy Jack's progress as he uncovers the evil scheme, copes with the unexpected twsts and ultimately gets the bad guys (of course).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great reading, enjoy when you can.
Published 2 hours ago by Ben Rayner
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm hooked
A friend told me about the jack reacher books and said I should give them ago... Lee child writing style is so easy to read, understand allowing me to get lost in his book... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Mr P
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book! I love discovering authors. Looking forward to reading the other 18-odd.
Published 18 hours ago by philippe1903
4.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller
Simple to read, first person, good tempo, page turner, not too predictable, as long as don't think, but read, let the author take you, it's very good!
Published 18 hours ago by J. Stoyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A cracking start to the Jack Reacher series of books.
Published 1 day ago by MALCOLM R. CAMPBELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Already have a dozen of his work. Will be ordering more titles shortly
Published 1 day ago by Franko
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling.
I was late coming across Lee Child but glad I did. This is the first Reacher novel and I look forward to reading them all.
Published 2 days ago by jasper
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent intro to Jack Reacher.
Having read virtually the whole series of Jack Reacher books, I decided to go back to the beginning and read again the first book. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kenell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great read with twists and turns that keep you turning pages
Published 2 days ago by Janice
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I thought this was an excellent read. Looking forward to Jack Reacher 2.
Published 3 days ago by Nick27
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