Killing Floor (Jack Reacher Series #1)

Killing Floor (Jack Reacher Series #1)

by Lee Child
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Overview

Killing Floor (Jack Reacher Series #1) by Lee Child

Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is in Margrave, Georgia, for less than a half-hour when the cops come, shotguns in hand, to arrest him for murder. All Jack knows is he didn’t kill anybody. Not for a long time...

Unbelievable critical support for a first novel, with raves from the New York Times, Playboy, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, People, and many more

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410430106
Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date: 08/10/2010
Series: Jack Reacher Series
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 701
Sales rank: 675,386
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

LEE CHILD is a #1 bestselling author worldwide. His debut novel, Killing Floor, won two awards for best first mystery and was nominated for two more. Foreign rights in the Jack Reacher series have been sold in ninety-five countries. The movie franchise stars Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Child, a native of England, is a former television director. He lives in New York City, where he is at work on his next Jack Reacher thriller.

Hometown:

Birmingham, England

Date of Birth:

1954

Place of Birth:

Coventry, England

Education:

Sheffield University

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Killing Floor (Jack Reacher Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1311 reviews.
WicDKityNes More than 1 year ago
The first of this series that I read was Nothing To Lose,,,and ABSOLUTELY fell-flat out- in love! And I knew right then that I would read the whole series. Since then, I've read about 6 of them and Killing Floor was First Rate. All of them are Top Notch,,,hands down. My only fear is that I'll read them all and there will be no more; will be a sad day indeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my 1st Jack Reacher book and it won't be my last. I am starting with the first one and have already picked up the next two books in the series. This book was a roller coaster ride from the beginning. Reacher gets off a bus and stumbles into a small town looking for information on a musician that lived there years ago. Next thing you know he is in a diner eating when the local police storm in and arrest Reacher for murder. Child develops good characters, a great story, and plenty of twist. A mystery thriller that was hard to put down. Reacher is bad "a" in this story and I can't wait t0o read about his next encounter with trouble.
Susan Conlan More than 1 year ago
Having read every Reacher novel and finally beginning to get a handle on the guy after the latest, which delves into his child-of-a-military-man upbringing, and in which Reacher is ironically placed in the position of leadership in his own family, I decided to go back to the beginning and read them again, sequentially. It is going to be fun watching Reacher grow, along with Childs' skills, and now I can appreciate the poor guy's idiocyncracies in the later stories by knowing his earlier life in the order it took place. I get a kick out of Childs' obvious affection for his character, Reacher. It is almost as if he is raising a son, the way he explains (and makes excuses for) Reacher's unusual behavior and uncommon lifestyle. Although I am not usually a fan of the macho or "superhero" persona, Childs has me returning time after time and looking for the next book. He has made me care about his paper character like a (dare I say it) mother! This first book of the series is a "must" read for anyone intending to follow the series, in order to get a good basis for Reacher's somewhat odd lifestyle. I appreciate Childs' imaginative and descriptive style throughout the series. The fun begins here with this book - don't miss it.
LCH47 More than 1 year ago
This is full of fast-paced action, suspense and creative plot twists. Reacher, the hero, has great depth of character that makes his character believable and easy to care about. He stumbles onto a mystery that is multi-layered and complex. There is a lot of brutality, violence that makes the plot intriguing and the book non-put-downable! Compelling!
4thefunofit More than 1 year ago
The Jack Reacher series was recommended to me and after reading the first installment, I will be reading more. Killing Floor captured my attention in the first chapter and kept it throughout. Jack Reacher is a strong, interesting character and I am looking forward to reading more in the series.
Show-Me More than 1 year ago
For a first effort, Child establishes himself as an author with potential. His talents are developed and honed in his latter books of the series an you can see Child evolve into a fine mystery writer. He is meticulous in his research and detail that is both interesting and often neglected by some authors. Having thoroughly enjoyed mystery series with strong characters a la Patterson's Alex Cross and others, Child has hit the jackpot with Jack Reacher: a tought as nails, ex-military MP now drifter with black & white principles in a grey world, who's honor is matched only by his lethal capabilities. Reacher's character is both lovable and intimidating in his unpretentious approach to life...and death. I have read several in Child's series in no particular order and have found that a start-to-finish sequence isn't necessary though reading "Killing Floor" might be the best place to start from a character establishment point of view. Be warned that both this and his succeeding books will be extremely difficult to put down on the nightstand, particularly in later books where plots shift more frequently as the web is spun. A good read with a dynamic character and writer who both can be stellarly entertaining for any number of future books.
Ejaygirl More than 1 year ago
Jack Reacher isn't your typical hero so don't look for that in this story. He's a bit scary but the guy you want by your side when things get rough. He finds himself charged with murder almost minutes after coming into the town of Margrave, Georgia. It is one tense situation after another for Jack as he navigates through each, trying to figure out who he can trust and how to shake off this town. It doesn't take long to be drawn into this intricate web of lies and mystery. The writer uses a first person narrative to tell the story, which allows you to track Jack's reasoning and strategies in real time. The writing style took some getting used to and made it a slower read for about the first half of the book. Once I adapted to the style, it became synonymous with Jack. The pace of the story was swift even when the writing style slowed me down. While there were some predictable moments, there were some things that happened I never saw coming with a pretty exciting finish. I still have some unanswered questions about Jack and am intrigued enough to continue reading this series. Great first book in the series.
Kolonel More than 1 year ago
An amazing book for a first novel. Full of action, much of it semi-believable for the genre. Some things don't compute, like the remarkable deductive ability of the hero. A good read, though. I'll continue with Child. Incidentally, Amazon has the ebook $2 cheaper than B/N and Apple .
Smiley-in-the-Sunshine More than 1 year ago
if you like escapist fiction, this is a good read for lovers of mystery and crime stories- offbeat, funny and sometimes downright cynical, it put me in mind of old-style noir books regarding private eyes with a manic, fresh twist-- Jack Reacher, the main character, is wise and uncomplicated at the same time-- his exploits after this book will greatly appeal to all who grow to care about him and wonder if his extraordinary talents will ever be fully realized as there are hints of depths to come-- yeah for Lee Child: he makes us like Jack, seek to at least minimally understand him, hope for his continued success against the "bad guys" and that he will continue to survive in the face of so many wishing him dead as he inconveniences their criminal enterprise
goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
Excellent first book! Great character, lots of action so what else can anyone ask for? Highly recommend.
Grandpa More than 1 year ago
Joe Reacher is arrested the minute he hits this small town for murder, later to find out that the murdered man is a stunning supprise. He then begins the non stop action. The towns folk begin dying in gruesome ways at a record pace. Joe is a former, highly trained Military Police investigator, and is drawn into the web to find out who and why. It gets messy. This is my first Reacher read, and I am hooked. Very much like James Paterson who I can't get enough of. The twists and turns keep you hopping. It is a fast read you will not want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting piece of literature. I'am currently reading it, and approaching the end of it. So far it has proven to be good, fun and exciting. The type of Mistery involved is different than what you would expect. It really has you wondering and thinking so many different things at once, then boom!!! It hits you with something you were not expecting at all. Great Book overall. 5 Star
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the first book in the Jack Reacher series, it has me hooked! The main character has a strength and confidence and the suspenseful plot just draws you in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have read from this author. I am now reading the #2 Jack Reacher series. I am definitely becoming a fan.
Coinmn More than 1 year ago
You will like this novel by Lee Childs. The hero is a likeable guy, who comes across as a guy you want to see succeed, and you know in the back of your mind that he will prevail. Good read, good mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Havent been able to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This will keep you up until the last page. Riveting, well-written, explosive!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too slow and bogs down in the middle! Seems like the author was looking for a way to go!. Duh!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down. Great book, hope the rest are as good or better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read same type of book he always writes. But worth the time to read, I love tne Reacher series.
NICOKN More than 1 year ago
If you like Jack Reacher stories, this is among the best . . . if you are not a fan, you won't like this book. We have Lee Child's next Jack Reacher novel on order because we really enjoy them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just buy it and read it now. great book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting action, great character interaction. Pulls the reader in, and makes you think right along with Reacher and want to victory dance right along with him at the end !!! Readers of Baldaccl's Maxwell and King books and Dan Brown's DaVinvi Code and Angels and Demons will love this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book, story is interesting and it was hard to put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed it!