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Killing Floor (Jack Reacher) Hardcover – 5 Jun 1997

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First edition edition (5 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593041437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593041437
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.8 x 15.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,510 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "Killing Floor"
A "People Magazine" "Page-Turner"
A Barry Award winner
An Anthony Award winner
"All [Jack Reacher novels] are ripping yarns, but.... "Killing Floor "wins awards for Best Corrupt Southern Town in a Summer Novel and Best Exploding Warehouse."--Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly "
"Combines high suspense with almost nonstop action. Reacher is a wonderfully epic hero: tough, taciturn, yet vulnerable."--"People"
"Great style and careful plotting. The violence is brutal... depicted with the kind of detail that builds dread and suspense."--"The New York Times "
"A complex thriller with layer upon layer of mystery and violence and intrigue...A long unsettling trip that leaves your brain buzzing and your stomach knotted. The author pens nightmarish images as casually as an ordinary writer would dot an 'i' or cross a 't'." --"The Philadelphia Inquirer "
"This is such a brilliantly written first novel that [Child] must be channeling Dashiell Hammett... Reacher handles the maze of clues and the criminal unfortunates with a flair that would make Sam Spade proud."--"Playboy"
"A tough, compelling thriller with characters who jump off the page."--"Houston Chronicle"
"Violent and visceral...A cut above...Reacher is as tough as he is resourceful. An exciting, edge-of-the-chair account. Compelling and relentlessly suspenseful."--"The Denver Post"
"Some novelists can write top-notch action and some can create compelling mysteries, yet it's rare to find both of those skills displayed in a single book. Lee Child's "Killing Floor "is one of them. But not content with writing a rip-roaring thriller, Child also gives us one of the truly memorable tough-guy heroes in recent fiction: Jack Reacher. And throws in Southern atmosphere to die for. Here's to more of the same."--Jeffery Deaver, author of "The Bone Collector "
"Child serves up a big, rangy plot, menace as palpable as a ticking bomb, and enough battered corpses to make an undertaker grin."--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)
"Beautifully detailed action scenes and fascinating arcane about currency and counterfeiting...[A] taut and tough-minded first novel...Two scenes of brutal violence in a nearby prison are tendered with exquisite precision, as is a stalking murder inside the baggage area of Atlanta airport."--"Publishers Weekly "
"I love the larger-than-life hero, Jack Reacher. I grew up a fan of John Wayne's and Clint Eastwood's movies, and it's great to see a man of their stature back in business. Lee Child grabs you with the first line and never loosens his grip. "Killing Floor" is a terrific ride."--Nevada Barr, author of "High Country "
"This is a kick-ass first novel by the very talented Lee Child. Hero Jack Reacher has presence and dimension--a man you definitely want on your side. Child has a sure touch and a strong voice. Definitely a talent to watch."--Lynn S. Hightower, author of "High Water "


Praise for "Killing Floor"
A "People Magazine" "Page-Turner"
A Barry Award winner
An Anthony Award winner
"All [Jack Reacher novels] are ripping yarns, but.... "Killing Floor "wins awards for Best Corrupt Southern Town in a Summer Novel and Best Exploding Warehouse."--Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly "
"Combines high suspense with almost nonstop action. Reacher is a wonderfully epic hero: tough, taciturn, yet vulnerable."--"People"
"Great style and careful plotting. The violence is brutal... depicted with the kind of detail that builds dread and suspense."--"The New York Times "
"A complex thriller with layer upon layer of mystery and violence and intrigue...A long unsettling trip that leaves your brain buzzing and your stomach knotted. The author pens nightmarish images as casually as an ordinary writer would dot an 'i' or cross a 't'." --"The Philadelphia Inquirer "
"This is such a brilliantly written first novel that [Child] must be channeling Dashiell Hammett... Reacher handles the maze of clues and the criminal unfortunates with a flair that would make Sam Spade proud."--"Playboy"
"A tough, compelling thriller with characters who jump off the page."--"Houston Chronicle"
"Violent and visceral...A cut above...Reacher is as tough as he is resourceful. An exciting, edge-of-the-chair account. Compelling and relentlessly suspenseful."--"The Denver Post"
"Some novelists can write top-notch action and some can create compelling mysteries, yet it's rare to find both of those skills displayed in a single book. Lee Child's "Killing Floor "is one of them. But not content with writing a rip-roaring thriller, Child also gives us one of the truly memorable tough-guy heroes in recent fiction: Jack Reacher. And throws in Southern atmosphere to die for. Here's to more of the same."--Jeffery Deaver, author of "The Bone Collector "
"Child serves up a big, rangy plot, menace as palpable as a ticking bomb, and enough battered corpses to make an undertaker grin."--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)
"Beautifully detailed action scenes and fascinating arcane about currency and counterfeiting...[A] taut and tough-minded first novel...Two scenes of brutal violence in a nearby prison are tendered with exquisite precision, as is a stalking murder inside the baggage area of Atlanta airport."--"Publishers Weekly "
"I love the larger-than-life hero, Jack Reacher. I grew up a fan of John Wayne's and Clint Eastwood's movies, and it's great to see a man of their stature back in business. Lee Child grabs you with the first line and never loosens his grip. "Killing Floor" is a terrific ride."--Nevada Barr, author of "High Country "
"This is a kick-ass first novel by the very talented Lee Child. Hero Jack Reacher has presence and dimension--a man you definitely want on your side. Child has a sure touch and a strong voice. Definitely a talent to watch."--Lynn S. Hightower, author of "High Water "

Terrific . . . Fascinating . . . Brutal . . . [Lee Child] knows what he s doing. "The New York Times"
From its jolting opening scene to its fiery final confrontation, "Killing Floor "is irresistible. "People"
Lee Child grabs you with the first line and never loosens his grip. Nevada Barr
A rip-roaring thriller [and] one of the truly memorable tough-guy heroes in recent fiction. Jeffrey Deaver" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Killing Floor is the first book in the internationally popular Jack Reacher 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.

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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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This is ideal if you do not sit reading for hours and like dipping in and out of a book. I can understand why some reviewers find the short concise sentences rather annoying as after a while the style can begin to grate on you. However the advantage of this is that it is easy to follow the plot and therefore if you cannot devote hours at a time to concentrating on a text, the style helps when coming back to the book after an absence. That is because the short sentences are easy to absorb

Not sure I will be reading lots of the Jack Reacher books but as an enjoyable easy read, this is certainly worthwhile

14/11/14 UPDATE

Having sort of enjoyed "The Killing Floor"

I tried reading the second book in the series and found the short sentences starting to become VERY annoying after a while. They stop all sense of story flow and in my opinion detract from any sense of excitement or suspense/intrigue. The best way for me to describe the style, would be the equivalent of an advert every 2 minutes on a televised film. It totally breaks up the flow of the action/dialogue.

It is a shame. I am sure Reacher stories are good. However I cannot continue to read them. Not in this stop start way. Four or Five word sentences. For hundreds of pages. It would drive me to despair. This shows what I mean. If someone talked to you. n this manner. Then started another sentence. When they should have continued. The previous one. I am sure you would. Go nuts!

AS you can see, it is like reading a string of 5 year olds sentences. It is very frustrating as I would like to read the rest of the stories, but maybe when they have be re-edited the books into grown ups sentences and paragraphs that you can read like a "normal book"
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This was a simple, obvious little story drawn out to a ridiculous degree. The author uses short, punchy sentences but my God he uses a lot of them! The story dragged interminably, with everything over-explained over and over, and one word never used where a hundred would do. I found myself skimming before I got to the halfway point. There were other problems too; I didn't buy the Reacher character at all, or his back story. I didn't buy the ridiculous coincidence of him winding up in the same town as his brother. But my biggest problem was that he was a homeless hobo, and a murder suspect, yet he was welcomed into a murder investigation by Finlay, given access to police records and told everything that was going on. He was even allowed access to a murder scene, and then was allowed to take over the investigation, I mean, what? Has the author never met a cop? No cop ever born, in any country, would have let Reacher within a million miles of the case. Plus, when he murders two men and hides the bodies, his cop girlfriend helps him! I mean, my God? This is my first Lee Child, and undoubtedly my last. Thank God for Harry Bosch.
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"I'm Jack Reacher," I said
"Really?" he said
"Yes," I said looking in the mirror at my brown hair, blue eyes, and rough rugged looking face.
"Jack Reacher?" he said, "The man who had an American father and French mother that married in Korea and moved around a lot so he mostly grew up in american airbases, and naturally entered into the force himself, became a major then was made redundant with severence pay and is now struggling to ingratiate himself back into society?" he said again.
"Yes," I said.
He steeplied his fingers for the fourth time. I noted his hands. They were good hands. They were Textbook hands. They knew their way around a gun. But he wasn't here to shoot guns, he was here to ask me lots of questions about plot and characterisation.
"So," he said. "you know what happens now right?" He said.
"Yes," I said, "We have to have a massively wooden conversation involving as many 'saids' as possible."
"Yes," he said, "all the saids." he said, "One said after another said until there's so many saids, that this reads like an eight year old's English assignment."
"Oh," I said noticing his hair. It had a textbook parting. It was hair that had seen a lot of action, and not all of it good. This was hair that had endured all the hardships of growing up as a young black male in a predominatly white neighbourhood, the struggle for promotion through the ranks, and a difficult relationship with his mother.
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