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Killing Floor | [Lee Child]

Killing Floor

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. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.
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Publisher's Summary

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. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road. The police chief and his wife are butchered on a quiet Sunday morning. Then a bank executive disappears from his home, leaving his keys on the table and his wife frozen with fear.

The easiest suspect is Jack Reacher - an outsider, a man just passing through. But Reacher is not just any drifter. He is a tough ex-military policeman, trained to think fast and act faster. He has lived with and hunted the worst: the hard men of the American military gone bad.

Don't miss any of Jack Reacher's adventures.

©2004 Lee Child; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Carol Massachusetts 12-15-12
    Carol Massachusetts 12-15-12

    Good writing has ... a balance and a rhythm. You can feel that much better when it's read aloud. --Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken

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    "Come back to this one"

    I was only dimly aware of Lee Child's books starring Jack Reacher and had never been tempted by what sounded like a superviolent macho fantasy series. But the blurb on the library CD of "Gone Tomorrow" intrigued me, and that book's opening scene of -- a tense, suspenseful, wonderfully written series of events on a New York subway -- pulled me in and the rest of the story didn't let me down.

    So I downloaded "Killing Floor," the first book in this series (which is indeed often superviolent and has a lot of macho fantasy elements). I was disappointed by the cliched opening sequences (corrupt Southern law enforcers trying to make a fall guy of our hero, seemingly a drifter and probably a Yankee) and a plot driven by far too many coincidences.

    I persevered with several other Reacher books and really enjoyed "Persuader," "One Shot," and "Bad Luck and Trouble." Then I listened to "The Affair," a very good recent Reacher novel that's a flashback, an immediate prequel that makes some of "Killing Floor's" coincidences fall into place. After listening to Killing Floor a second time, I added a star to my rating, though it's not the best of Reacher.

    If you're new to this series, my suggestion is to start with one or two of the more recent entries (although probably not the most recent one, "Worth Dying For," which has gotten terrible reviews from Audible listeners I trust, and probably not "Nothing to Lose," which I couldn't get even halfway through). If you enjoy those, you can "begin at the beginning," as Jack says in "The Affair."

    These books have a very high level of violence, including graphic descriptions of torture. Reacher kills people with impunity--mostly really bad people, but some only moderately bad people and a few innocent bystanders. He always seems to find a beautiful female law enforcement official to ... entrance with his manliness. He walks away into the sunset leaving behind a trail of dead bodies and broken hearts. That should add up to nothing more than stupid macho fantasy, but I am neither stupid nor macho, and for some reason I find these books engrossing. Maybe it's the fantasy.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lawerence Brooklyn, NY, USA 02-06-09
    Lawerence Brooklyn, NY, USA 02-06-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Started 5* later 2*s- why?"

    Tight noirish gripping beginning held for a few hours in very detailed page turning?, tension.

    Then the book seemed to change to less original more cliched, and increasingly predictable until I lost interest except for plot resolution.

    I thought that perhaps a ghost writer took over or an editor said make it much longer and the author lost the mood and his focus.

    Anyway, it was interesting for the writing process and the way the characterization was very good and distinct for quite a while.

    34 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 01-23-09
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 01-23-09 Member Since 2013

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "Decent Mystery"

    This book maintained my interest throughout. The story was a bit unbelievable though because the arrogant main character (Reacher) has all the great ideas, while the experienced(20 yrs) and Harvard educated primary detective comes off as pretty inept and rather dim-witted. But regardless, it was a good story and creepy fun.

    24 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 12-09-14
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 12-09-14 Member Since 2014

    Curtis

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    "Exciting Though a Bit Gory"

    Look at the title and the cover art. Then read it if you still want to. The story is exciting and holds your interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Welcome to the '80s..."
    Any additional comments?

    The first half was quite good, the second half was 80's cheesy action flick that was just way too ridiculous.

    The FBI don't come and investigate the murder of a Federal Agent because they local police did't ask them to, come on? Ridiculous. And only one man can save the day, welcome to the '80s....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Sullivan Southampton, MA 05-14-13
    D. Sullivan Southampton, MA 05-14-13 Listener Since 2009

    I'm That Guy

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    "Good start but fell of the rails."

    It started pretty strong but I lost interest as it went on. I believe that is because the author lost originality and direction as it went on. Also, the narrator was awful with poor judgment in inflection and tone. The female voices sounded like a man talking like a woman, which he is mind you, but superior narrators don't make it seem so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 04-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Easily gets you hooked on Jack Reacher"

    I listened to another of the Reacher novels, and decided to start from the beginning. No disappointments with this novel either. I can easily see why this series has the highest reviews. It's loaded with interesting characters, with a suspenseful action/ crime thriller that keeps you guessing up til the end. It's fast paced, and the character development is excellent. Dick Hill's narration can't be beat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna 04-19-13
    Ronna 04-19-13
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    "Meet Jack Reacker and let the action begin!!"

    i am just now getting around to reading Lee Child's first Jack Reacher book, KILLING FLOOR. Most notably, it strikes me that what you first see may be completely deceptive as compared to the facts of the situation. At the start of this book, a seemingly typical hobo is arrested for a grizzly murder. But, that hobo is actually a very competent and intelligent ex-military policeman. Not only is he innocent of the crimes, but his brother was one of the victims. This sends Jack into the center of a mail storm of deceit, psychopathic murders, and a huge counterfeit money scheme.

    If you've read Lee Child's books already, you know that he's one of those page turner authors that keeps the thrills coming. If you are just coming to Lee Child, like I've just done, you'll be excited to have found an adventurous author who descriptions make the action a visual page turner with just his words! This is a "summer read" for action and adventure junkies. Get started on the Jack Reacher series now!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 01-17-13
    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Frequent Listner"

    Heard about the movie, hadn't read or listened to any of Lee Child's books so I started at the beginning with book 1 in this series. Have to say that I was engrossed in the story line, the way the story unfolded and of course with the narration by Mr. Hill. He did a particular good job with the many characters in the story. I enjoyed this and will be down loading book two in a matter of minutes. More to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 10-01-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "4 ½ stars."

    Rambo, Dirty Harry, with a hint of Sherlock Holmes – fun, exciting, suspense, escape.

    STORY BRIEF:
    This is the first book in the Jack Reacher series, sixteen books so far. It’s told in first person by Jack. He was a homicide investigator in the military police for thirteen years, hunting trained killers gone bad. He had to be able to out think them and fight them. He retired as a major six months ago at age 36. Now Jack just wants to wander, living off his severance pay, buying cheap clothes he can throw away rather than wash, no ID, no Driver’s License, no credit cards, using cash, being anonymous. He travels by bus and train.

    Jack gets off the bus and walks into the small town of Margrave, Georgia, out of curiosity about a singer who lived there sixty years ago. Someone was killed around the time Jack arrived. The local cops arrest Jack for questioning. In the next few days the police chief is killed and someone else disappears. Jack begins investigating. Multiple attempts are made to kill Jack.

    REVIEWER’S OPINION:
    Wow! This was good! When Jack hears the details about the first murder, his analysis was amazing. I was pulled in and didn’t want to stop reading for almost the entire book. I can’t wait to keep going with this series. The plotting is great. No one is being stupid or incompetent – well, maybe a little by some of the bad guys who are not as competent as Jack. Jack is put into circumstances where I think how is he going to survive? But he does neat things and survives and wins. I loved what he did when he was wrongly put into the section of a prison with the worst of convicted murderers. I like seeing revenge and justice for bad guys. So I liked seeing Jack hurt or kill them without worrying about their civil rights. Cops can’t do that.

    Roscoe is a female police officer. She and Jack fall for each other. There is a touch of romance and several sex scenes. The sex scenes are told not shown.

    There were some gruesome torture scenes that might bother some readers, but they are described after the fact, not shown, which helps a little.

    LOGIC AND COINCIDENCE COMMENTS:
    Some reviewers complained that the author wasn’t technically accurate about weapons, procedures, and other things. I don’t care about that. This is fiction. I don’t require “fiction” to educate me. If it’s entertaining with good action, I’m happy to accept “technical fiction.” I do agree some things were too coincidental. Jack’s ability to guess someone’s alias and location was too far-fetched for me. Even Sherlock Holmes couldn’t have done that. But the rest was such a good ride I didn’t mind.

    Narrator: Dick Hill was great. He has an amazing range. He did a deep black male voice so well that I thought it was another actor. And his female voices were fine.

    Genre: mystery suspense thriller.

    Ending: Very feel good, a winning feeling, bad guys got it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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