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 30 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.
©1997 Lee Child (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Random House Audiobooks 2013
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"Started off well but a struggle to finish"
No, i would rather i had not bothered with this particular book. The actions of Jack Reacher as the story progressed seemed more and more unbeleveable. I completely disengaged with the main character.
Make a more like able main character.
Not for this story line as its all wrapped up by the end.
The narration was excellent, can't fault it at all. I just can't see the appeal of Jack Reacher as a character, i was very bored towards the end of the book it just seemed like one cliche after another. Also Reacher to a large degree seems no better than the people he went up against.
Yes. As with any book I am sure I have missed bits.
Sorry nothing to compare with, the book, the narration & the character are unique.
Th e Jack Reacher character. This is the second JR book I have listened to and I am sure will not be the last. having listened to The Affair & thoroughly enjoyed Jeff Harding narration I was a little nervous that Dick Hill would not be as good as the narrator is important with audible books however he was brilliant!
The end however I understood without this end there would not be other JR books.
Can't wait to start book 3. My 2 hour travel time to & from work is no longer a chore.
"Killing Time in Classic Fashion"
These early Reacher novels feel like “classics” to me. When I first picked up on the idea of audiobooks for long car journeys this was one of the first set of CDs I juggled into my player. I always loved the honest but brutal moral code Reacher had, the simple, direct writing style and the well-paced plots that these books deliver. The crunchy gravel of the narration style as exemplified by Dick Hill in this one fits so perfectly with the characters and style of the books. They are straightforward entertainment.
It was also fascinating to re-visit this one and to realise just how Reacher has developed as a character since the beginning. No mention of his inner atomic clock here. Events that were picked up in much later books and re-worked such as his mother’s funeral are also sign posted. “Killing Floor” is a typical Reacher novel with Jack righting wrongs and in genuine revenge mode. A mix of hard action and intuitive investigation work are the cornerstones of the story.
So for me it’s a five star book and always will be. I’m a happy mug for the Reacher stories though I will admit that fifth star might just be a tad powered by nostalgia.
"I said he said"
Really irritated by this book. There is only so much I said he said a person can take.
"Nice book, well written:)"
One down 18 more to go:) Nice book, well written:)
One of the best so far..
"Too much padding"
I'm unlikely to read any more from series - which is a shame. I like familiar ground.
I'm quite happy to suspend reality for a good action mystery/ thriller, but it has to run at a good pace. This doesn't. It's full of filler and a waste of the listener/ readers time.
"Excellent story but did not like reading style"
I would place this book in the middle rank as a relatively short but enjoyable exciting story. The descriptions of rural small town America are fascinating and a reminder of how what a vast country the USA is. I found the reading detracted a bit from the story
The scene when the cell door opens in the security wing and subsequent events
I found the characterization rather dull and the representation of the female characters particularly odd
"Not for me"
A ridicules story with awful dialog. I really can not see why these books are so popular.
Not for me!
"Excellent reader. Engrossing story"
This was my first experience of Lee Child and I listened to the whole book in a day and a bit.
The lead character, Jack Reacher, is a rootless wanderer who arrives in a remote American town to find himself accused of committing a violent murder just hours before. That he is a man capable of great violence, emerges as the story goes on but, as another author once said, about his own character, it's not mindless violence but "thoughtful" violence.
He saves another man's life - not philanthropically, but because it's necessary to avoid his own life being put at risk - and, partly as a result of this, he finds out there is something extremely dark and nasty going on in this town. He decides to stop it - again, not for anyone else' sake but because by this time he has discovered a very personal reason for getting involved.
There are some interesting subsidiary characters, and a few that felt a tad clichéd - are there really so many 'dumb cops' in backwoods America? I wonder, too, about the all the gunfire, crashes, and other noisy events that happen with absolutely no notice being taken by anyone in the vicinity. And towards the end of the book something happened that struck me as *such* a Hollywood cliché - but then, thinking about when this was written, maybe it it was a new idea at the time? (It's a bit like saying Shakespeare is full of quotations!) These are minor quibbles and didn't detract from the enjoyment of the story.
The reader, Dick Hill, gives great vocal characterisation and kept me listening. I was sorry to find that a different reader was chosen for the next few books in the series.
A great book and nicely read totally looking forward to listening to all the his books in the coming months. Jack Reacher is the man.
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