Killing Floor

Child, Lee

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Killing Floor
A discharged soldier is framed for a murder by the chief of police in a small town in Georgia where he has just arrived. When the soldier learns that the murdered man was his brother he breaks out of jail and carries out his own investigation.

Publisher: New York : Berkeley Books, 2012
Edition: 2nd Berkeley trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780425264355
Branch Call Number: FICTION CHILD 2012
Characteristics: xix, 407 p. ;,21 cm


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The first Jack Reacher novel. Former military policeman Jack Reacher is drifting through Margrave, Georgia, looking for the grave site of an old blues pioneer when he's arrested for the execution-style murders of two men. He's cleared and ready to leave town when he learns that one of the dead m... Read More »

Transient ex-military policeman Jack Reacher finds himself in tiny Margrave, Georgia, where he is soon arrested for the execution-style murder of two men, one of whom is his brother. Released from jail, Reacher uses his cutting-edge investigative and physical skills to uncover both the killer an... Read More »

All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned.

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Apr 23, 2014
  • wilqser rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Was disappointed in this book. Instead of suspenseful thriller the narrative a little pendantic, explaining every sucession of events and crime events. The reason they gave that Jack Reacher was at the same small town as his brother was - I think - written in conveniently. Not a well written novel - too much of the possessive use of "I". Not a crime thriller I would recommend.

Nov 12, 2013
  • CovertOne rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I am a Hot-Blooded Fan of Lee Child and his Jack Reacher novels. The Killing Floor had wide acclaim, so of course I read it, but this one is told in the first person. and I'm a fan of Third Person storytelling.. so I wasn't as enthralled with this particular one. However, it's a great jump and Lee Child's first novel in the Jack Reacher series. So I still recommend it to fans of this genre of mystery, action tales.

Jul 12, 2013
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love the Jack Reacher novels, but missed a few at the beginning, so going back now and catching those ones. This is the very first in the series. On a whim, Reacher decides to get off a bus on the highway near Margrave, Georgia. His brother had mentioned a long-dead jazz musician, Blind Blake, who had supposedly died in Margrave, and Reacher decided to see if there were any old folks who had known the man. It takes him few hours to walk towards the town and he stops on the outskirts to eat in a cafe. Before he can finish his breakfast, he is arrested for murder. As he tries to figure out what is going on and why the finger was pointed at him, he finds himself in a town with a secret, a secret some will go to any lengths to keep. A prominent family has build a facility there recently and offered a number of grants to the townspeople, but it isn't clear how they are profitable. A local man with a history in the banking industry seems to be tied to the intrigue, but he is afraid to talk to Reacher, even after Reacher saves his life in prison. The chief of detectives, a man relatively new to town, Finlay, believes in Reacher, and asks for his assistance. Without knowing who to trust, a small group of people chip away at the facade, looking for the truth. When Reacher discovers a personal connection to the case, he is on the case to the end.
A great beginning to the series, with lots of nice twists and turns, a bit of a romance with a local police officer, and a compelling story. I especially liked the tie-in to the musician; that seemed to draw everything to a close nicely.

Apr 22, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Super debut of the Jack Reacher, No. 1 that is action packed with technical details on cash and counterfeiters. Also a bit of information on Reacher' s older brother Joe who resurrected in a latter sequel. Again, some of the events were a bit too lucky too often for the good guys, but that's the signature of Jack Reacher rambling adventures. (Available in eBook as well.)

Apr 15, 2013

Really good. Kept my attention throughout the whole book.

Dec 17, 2012

read 1st

Oct 22, 2012
  • vacev1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

suspenseful thriller. A little gruesome.

Oct 10, 2012
  • BillyTodd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the 2nd Lee Child book I have read. This is much better than "The Enemy" which chronologically comes before the "Killing Floor." I thought the pace of the book was well maintained unlike "The Enemy" which I thought had too many slow parts.

Jul 25, 2012
  • rocogo rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A tad long. Easy read and great character development of Jack Reacher. Will read the next one.

Jan 30, 2012
  • hawrylukm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I highly recommend this great page turner which is told by the main character: Jack Reacher. As Eclectic1 mentioned its violent, and rather graphic but its a great read.

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Mar 25, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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