Title:                      The Killing Floor

Author:                   Lee Child

Child, Lee (1997). Killing Floor. New York: Putnam

LCCN:    96034452

PS3553.H4838 K55 1997


Date Posted:      January 2, 2017

Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is an anti-hero. He is not really in espionage, not even a spy. He is a drifter, formerly head of a military police unit. In Killing Floor, Reacher is just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he’s arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Reacher knows is that he didn’t kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn’t stand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell. But readers should know differently.

While most people are familiar with Tom Cruise’s recent role as Jack Reacher, the story that takes place during the film is not based on the first book in the series. The Killing Floor is the first book that sets up the Jack Reacher universe. He is a rare bird, a lone-wolf counterintelligence agent. Reacher would rather be left alone. Instead of carrying luggage, he tosses dirty clothes and replaces with new.

When this story story begins, Jack has just stepped off a bus in Georgia and decided to get a little bit of breakfast when the police show up and arrest him for murder. With a fairly tight alibi in place he is quickly released but won’t let go of some of the clues that he has overheard while in jail and decides to take up the hunt for the real killer.

Jack Reacher is a force of nature in The Killing Floor, he is capable of unleashing devastating violence when provoked and also possesses an analytical mind that just might rival Batman, the Dark Knight himself. As Reacher uncovers more clues and gains a better prospective on the nature of the crime, we see just why Lee Child has himself a blockbuster series.

The book is to be enjoyed, and for at least half the book, what in the world is going on is a mystery. The perceptive reader, however, will recognize the truth about halfway through the book. It’s like eating a peanut. One just continues to read it to confirm suspicions and to see how Child wraps up the book. It is definitely an author’s first book, but as far as firsts go, it is pretty good. Future books are better.




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