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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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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 06-21-08
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 06-21-08 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Comic book tough guy"

    This book is pure escapism with a protagonist that is bigger than life. Part avenger, part vigilante, part superhero, Jack Reacher is confident that he will prevail no matter who the opponent. He comes up against some pretty evil characters, most of whom underestimate the calibre of their opponent. It's good (well mostly good) against evil and there is usually little doubt as to who will prevail. Never mind that the storyline is fairly preposterous; the action and flow, coupled with some twists and turns made for good entertainment. Author Lee Child took some liberties with his research, for example his re-creation of the layout of Atlanta's airport and his ignoring of the truck inspection facilities on the Georgia/Florida border. But he made up for it with a compelling narrative and descriptive (but not overly so) language. Dick Hill did a good job with the narration and I'd listen to other books he's done without hesitation. This type book should probably max out at four stars and I'm glad to award them. If you're turned off by violence and evil characters, shop elsewhere. Otherwise this book is well worth a listen.

    107 of 116 people found this review helpful
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    Chris M. 06-14-09
    Chris M. 06-14-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Starts strong & then fades"

    "Killing Floor" begins with an intriguing, attention grabbing opening. Unfortunately, if you're a logical analytical reader (my downfall), this book has so many frustrating plot gaps and reality disconnects that you'll either have to put part of your brain on a shelf, or be annoyed with both Lee Childs and his editor. If you're disturbed by multiple, one in a million coincidences, and utterly unrealistic individual and institutional behavior "Killing Floor" will frustrate you. A couple examples (not plot revealers) a government agent is killed in the line of duty, and no one shows up to investigate; bodies are hidden in a car in airport long term parking and supposedly won't be found for weeks--in a very warm climate (decomposition maybe??); the main character causes serious mayhem, with multiple witnesses, while driving a Bentley, and is apparently never sought by the police and later drives (still in the Bentley) by the scene, which is surrounded by police, and no one raises an eyebrow.

    This may sound trivial, but this book is a never ending series of implausabilities that gets irksome.

    This said, I found Jack Reacher to be a compelling character, and I'm hoping that the series will improve, so I'll be listening to another one.

    67 of 73 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 01-11-14
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 01-11-14 Member Since 2007

    Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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    "AND THE QUEEN BEE (ME!) STANDS ALONE"
    What would have made Killing Floor better?

    This story MIGHT be just a little better if the writer had actually spent some time in Atlanta where the story takes place. As a long time resident of metro Atlanta, I found the book disconcerting having inaccurate locations and leaving out major law enforcement agencies such as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But, even with that, "The Killing Floor" still lacks the dimension of its competition in the genre.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick hill is a master of his craft. His wry delivery adds dimensions and layers to the characters he portrays. To READ a book rather than being given the opportunity to LISTEN and EXPERIENCE a Dick Hill performance is regrettable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Killing Floor?

    The book is rather "lightweight" as compared to others in this genre. No individual scene makes the difference - it's more of the entire concept and main character lacking the depth of Mark Greaney's "Court Gentry" or Andrew Peterson's "Nathan McBride" in the special ops genre or tortured genius homicide detectives like Michael Connelly's Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch" and "Mickey Haller, The Lincoln Lawyer", Adrian McGinty's "Sean Duffy" and Neil Cross' incomparable "John Luther".


    Any additional comments?

    I seem to be among the minority among other listeners, not being as blown away by the shallow "Jack Reacher". However, I must stand my ground on this point. He is just not a well developed character as I prefer. Plus I'm not impressed about the lack of research that Lee Child brought to this story. How hard is it to go to the ATL for some real "Dirty South" local color? It's not like Child had to go to the far reaches of Siberia! But I will try others in this series as this may just be an aberration.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Scott A Brockman 08-31-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Awesome - Great Opening!"

    I started listening to Lee Child when I exhausted the Patterson Alex Cross series. I started with some of the more recently released titles and then went back to the beginning - Killing Floor. What an awesome, suspense filled delight. Lee Child started his Jack Reacher series with a winner.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-23-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Another Great"

    Just when I was starting to think I had run out good books to listen to, I disocvered Lee Child.
    Though the main character is a bit rough around the edges, that's part of his charm & what makes this book a good one.
    Its certainly not for the faint of heart but if you enjoy a twisting plot with some interesting character development then this is well worth the listen.
    I am looking forward to the rest of the them.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    --------------- California, USA 09-05-08
    --------------- California, USA 09-05-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Great book"

    This is a greaat read. Great tough-guy character, Jack Reacher at his best. Ramps up about a third of the way into the book and ties together beautifully at the end. During the last 3 hours I was late to work on two occasions sitting in my car listening for the outcome of various predicaments.

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 06-05-08
    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 06-05-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Killer thriller"

    This is a good listen if you are into mysteries and thrillers. A fast paced book with a lot of plot twists and a tough guy hero.

    39 of 47 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 2004
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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.

    29 of 35 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 2005

    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.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Carmel, IN, United States 10-24-09
    Brian Carmel, IN, United States 10-24-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent "First-in-the-Series" Book"

    The mark of a good first book in a series is to get you to continue to follow it. I started with this one and have downloaded two more since in short time and will probably continue on. To quickly sum things up, Jack Reacher is a tough, no-nonsense, ex-military guy who seems often to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. He's the kind of man women want and the kind of man men want to be. One knock on Reacher from this book and the others so far, is how he always seems to be the only person smart enough to figure things out. The Harvard-educated policeman in this story seemed to stumble left and right, and needed Reacher's guidance to figure it out. That said, I think that's also a huge part of his appeal. It's nice sometimes to drift away into a world where you can pretend you're Reacher (if you are a guy or that you know a guy like that if you are a woman), and you use both brains and braun to deflect anything that comes your way. How great would it be to go through life like that? So if that type of escapism is calling out to you, let Reacher answer it.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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