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Killing Floor (Jack Reacher #1)

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Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He's just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he's arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Jack 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.
Mass Market Paperback, 525 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Jove (first published March 17th 1997)
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Brent Winters I listened to the first 1.5 hrs on audible (first person novel) and I guess I'm the contrarian. I found Child's to be a master at getting into his…moreI listened to the first 1.5 hrs on audible (first person novel) and I guess I'm the contrarian. I found Child's to be a master at getting into his character's head and setting the mood/environment. However, that stayed pretty much the same after almost two hours Jack eats breakfast, gets falsely arrested, has maybe two conversations (he's the strong silent type), rides a bus (without incident) and goes to jail for the weekend until they get more evidence. No fights, no gunfire, and we are only told about the murder second hand. The plot needed to advance faster for me, but that's my taste as others like the book. I assume it gets better but it lost me.
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Kemper
Jul 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
This reads like an '80s action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

A big tough ex-military guy drifts into a small town and is sucked into uncovering a vast criminal conspiracy through completely unbelievable coincidences. - Check.

Hero has a cool, manly sounding name: Jack Reacher. - Check

Hero is quickly given a personal grudge against the villains. - Check

Bad dialogue. - Check.

Stereotypical villains including corrupt businessmen and politicians. - Check.

Hero finds a few trustworthy allies, but
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Khurram
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not the first Jack Reacher book I have read so I did already knew who Jack Reacher is. Lee Child's creation is the modern day Conan. Meaning he is fully clothes, an expert on modern weapons (guns, switchblades, he could probably use a sword but does not yet), as well as unarmed combat. He is a big battle scared and tested fighter. He lives his life as a wonderer a leaf in the wind blown from one place to another usually finding adventure/trouble where he lands. The slight twist on the Ja ...more
Chris  "Gunner" McGrath
Sep 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, thriller
I could not read this. The prose is terrible. Commas are rare. Periods are abundant. It's hard to read. I got through one chapter. I checked later books. They are the same. I had heard good things. I cannot get past this. I am not exaggerating. It's actually worse than this. These are all sentences. Full sentences. Not fragments. There we go. It's like this. Reading a Reacher novel. I considered powering through. But I don't want to waste my time.

I bought the whole series for $1 a piece. I regr
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Stephen
Jack Reacher is a walking, talking, 6’5” prescription-strength laxative guaranteed to cause scumbags to soil their skivvies. As hardboiled protagonists go, this guy is loaded with awesome and I was well and truly won over by the end of Lee Child's debut novel.

Reacher’s a former military police officer who is cucumber cool and carries himself with a calm, quiet stoicism that reminded me a lot of Shadow from Neil Gaiman’s American Gods(another favorite character of mine). In typical hardboiled fa
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Jeff
Jan 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
On the Flintstones, whenever there was an indoor chase scene, the background in the house never varied, it would be the same window, table, lamp running repeatedly behind the action, and the chase would go on seemingly forever - a veritable cartoon mile/1.6 kilometers. Watching the show as a kid, it was almost more than my sugar-fueled addled brain could handle.

Reading this book was the same type of existentially empty experience. Grafting a promising storyline onto a series of humorless, mind-n
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Are you having a bad day?
Do you need an Action Pick-You Up?
Do you sometimes wish that the bad guys would get exactly what they deserve?
Then I have a quick solution. Read a Jack Reacher novel!


Jack Reacher is the kind of guy who will kick some serious butt in the most brutal fashion, and it ain't pretty. I admit that I wince when I see someone die violently on tv and in movies. But I love action movies. Yeah, I know it makes no sense. Killing Floor is the kind of book that I would love to see as
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Suspension of disbelief required

I was a policeman of sorts for thirteen years and I can smell a worried man a mile away.

The reviews for this one are all over the place. It seems that Jack Reacher is one of those “either you love him or you hate him” protagonists and Lee Child is one of those “either you love him or you hate him” writers. It’s also clear that these books rely heavily on action. In fact, as some reviewers have already mentioned, there is a bit of the 80s Action Hero about Jack Rea
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Rita
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
I don't know why I never read Lee Child before. Jack Reacher is a character that just grabs you and doesn't let go. The story is almost irrelevant. He has recently been mustered out of the only life he ever knew, the military life He grew up and lived all over the world and when he grew up, he joined up. Now Jack has been mustered out and is on a mission to see the United States he defended and protected but never knew. He hops on a bus and when his fancy suits him, he asks the driver to stop an ...more
Lyn
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
A good action / mystery.

To be clear, the real success here is that writer Lee Child introduced us to his ultra-cool, badass drifter hero Jack Reacher. Described as 6’5, lean and strong, this former Army MP has left the service, taken his severance pay and is just walking the earth, kind of like Jules from Pulp Fiction. And like Jules and Jedi Knights the galaxy over, he finds adventure, beats the crap of bad guys, solves problems with Sherlock Holmes grandeur and generally has a big time doing i
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Jane Stewart
4 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 outthink 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 clot
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
I disliked this novel, maybe because I'm missing a Y chromosome. First, the style of the prose and voice of the first person narrator, Jack Reacher, really irked me. The style reminded me of irritatingly faux Hemingway. Spare, choppy with lots of short declarative sentences and sentence fragments. Here's a sample paragraph from fairly early on that's typical:

I stayed leaning up on the bars, motionless. Baker signaled Hubble to walk with him around the far side of the squad room. Toward the rosew
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Supratim
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A friend had “very highly” recommended Jack Reacher novels to me a long time back. I had add a few Reacher novels to my TBR but never got around to reading one. A few weeks back, during the Goodreads Mystery & Thriller Week – I saw Killing Floor in the top 100 mystery & thriller novels list. It renewed my interest in the series and luckily I found the book in my library.

I can sum up the novel in two words: ENTERTAINING POTBOILER!!!

The book introduces us to Jack Reacher, formerly of th
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Bill
Mar 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Some very minor spoilers in this...

Okay, I don't get it.
There is mass appeal for the Jack Reacher series, there's been a movie made, Lee Child is making a gazillian dollars off it.
I also heard a pretty reputable BBC book review panel podcast where they were going absolutely bonkers over the series.
Well, I'm at 320 pages and the thought of plowing through 204 more has about as much appeal as chewing toenails.
First off, I'm sick of reading about this guy who, as a vagrant, wanders into town, gets
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Gina
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Right from the beginning, I was hooked! How can you possibly put a book down when the main character is arrested for murder in the first chapter? LOL, I don't know anyone who could. I liked this! Written in the first person, I felt like I was seeing everything through Jack's eyes. His opinions and his takes on his surroundings and the predicament he found himself in was different from what I've read before. It was weird how I knew exactly who the bad guys were, including one no one would ever su ...more
Julie
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I kept hearing about this series, but never started it because I had the impression it was men's fiction, like Rambo or something. But, I noticed a lot of women were reading it, so I decided to try it. It was a book everyone would enjoy, not just men. The plot was interesting, involving counterfeiting. I didn't trust anyone! There's many twist, a lot of action, a little romance. There were some things though that were over the top. Reacher was invincible. One guy against four and he doesn't even ...more
Adrian
So my friend who was having a clear out, said "when i see you, Ive got a few books I reckon you will enjoy", "ok" I said. So when we meet up he gives me 3, yes 3 of those bag for life supermarket carrier bags full of virtually brand new books, It seems about 30 (are there that many) were Jack Reacher, and some more of a similar ilk, plus assorted other books his wife had read. Now he says to me, "you'll enjoy these as we both did" meaning him and his wife, which did surprise me as she usually li ...more
James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the book that introduced Lee Child's popular character, Jack Reacher in 1997. Reacher is a former military cop who's been made redundant by the end of the cold war. After spending his entire life in the military (Reacher grew up in a military family), he's now completely on his own, footloose and fancy-free. After spending much of his life abroad, he's wandering about the country, getting to know the U.S. up close and personal. As will continue to be the case, Reacher travels light, with ...more
Edward Lorn
Jun 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Third time is not the charm. I tried reading the ebook twice and put it down both times because I didn't like the writing. Figured I'd try the audiobook, because some styles work better in audio. That was not the case here.

Jack Reacher, starring Our Lord and Savior Tom Cruise, is the only Cruise movie in which I can stomach Cruise. With the sequel coming, I wanted to give this another go. My bad. Guess I'll be sticking with the films.

In summation: Child might be a fellow pantser, but it doesn't
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Alp
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
No wonder Lee Child is a bestselling author. Killing Floor is a good mystery-suspense book with lots of action and many twists and turns. The thing I liked most about this book was that there were plenty of fight scenes, which made my heart jump and my adrenaline pump. But there were some unrealistic things in the story that made me feel like I was having a very big question mark on my forehead all the time while reading this. Too many coincidences that didn’t make sense to me, but I already put ...more
Matt
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
It all began with an arrest. Arriving in town anonymously, Jack Reacher is arrested at the local diner for a murder he could not have committed. Fingered for some reason by the Chief of Police, Reacher is detained, which is where all the fun begins. Before proving his alibi, Reacher faces a harrowing night in jail and soon learns that the quaint down of Margrave holds a darker side. As corrupt as it is a speck on the map, Margrave is full of secrets that the townspeople are more than happy to ke ...more
Robert
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story has the frenetic pace of a six-year old boy that consumed two pounds of Halloween candy, gone into hyperglycemic shock, been revived in the middle of the operating room with paddles, and given a shot of adrenaline and a Snickers bar. Jack Reacher, the ultimate man’s man, leads the charge. He carries nothing but the clothes on his back, a wad of cash, and a toothbrush jammed in his pocket. After use, he tosses his clothes in the trash, and visits the local thrift store. While they may ...more
Michael
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not that into pure blockbuster genre books, but this is actually quite well done. The opening chapter is a master class in building tension using detail and perspective--when the police storm into a small-town diner, our main character, Jack Reacher, deduces that they must be coming for him, but he's cool and collected as he catalogs their mistakes and all the moments he might have taken advantage of them. In less graceful hands this might have devolved into pointless violence, but Lee Child ...more
Jim
I read this as a paperback & it didn't wow me. I hadn't planned on reading any more in this series, but several of my friends really like the series, so I thought I'd give it another shot. Maybe I'd like it better as an audio book or now.

I didn't. Probably liked it less. Child's writing is repetitive. Often he seemed to be trying to make the point that much more exciting, but it just bored me. He writes like his readers are idiots & can't keep a point in mind for a few paragraphs. He als
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Gary
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was not bad. I read review after review that was negative so I hesitated. The main character, Jack Reacher, clearly has a fan base and enough popular support to spawn a couple of movies with A list actor Tom Cruise so I thought what the heck.
Overall, it felt like a 80s action movie. I understand why that would irritate some people, especially if you are used to having a steady literary diet of skillful and original plots, deft use of words and cleverly devised characters. This definite
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Doug Bradshaw
The Reacher books are one of my buddy's favorite books and so I decided to give the first book in the series a try. Haha. A bit corny to me. Reacher is a powerful drifter and gets pulled into a serious criminal enterprise as he drifts through a small town outside of Atlanta. The story reminds me a little bit of the macho deeds of Mitch Rapp, Jason Bourne, but with a vigilante slant like Death Threat where the bad guys are so bad, we give our hero the license to kill. He doesn't just kill, either ...more
Maria V. Snyder
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This is Lee Child's first Jack Reacher book and it reads like a first novel. The plot and pacing were great, but not a ton of emotional depth, which it should have, considering it's first person POV. I'm going to assume he gets better as he's a bestselling author with a ton of books out. I might give him another try.
Ana Tijanić
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I'd heard good things about the series, so I decided to give it a shot.
It's not bad. It has an interesting plot (a real page-turner), I read it in a single sitting. But... it is poorly written with short, choppy, repetitive sentences that go nowhere.
Characters are not consistent, nor realistic. Jack Reacher ( "a man who always wins") is represented as a weird person that can barely string enough words together in his head to form a sentence, let alone hold a conversation with another character
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Jonetta
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rebecca McNutt
Killing Floor isn't bad, I liked the author's prose, but it's very predictable and the characters didn't seem realistic to me.
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
I decided to read this book/series because a) I liked the movie and b) Alp's review. I'm happy I read this, but it didn't live up to my expectations. I think I thought it'd be more dynamic and Jack Reacher would be more Tom Cruise-ish?

The book starts off with Jack being arrested for a crime he definitely didn't commit as he hasn't been in town but an hour. From there it's a lot of slow. Even when he's put in prison over the weekend because the tiny town he was arrested in doesn't have holding c
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Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a pr ...more
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“I'm not a vagrant. I'm a hobo. Big difference.” 75 likes
“Evaluate. Long experience had taught me to evaluate and assess. When the unexpected gets dumped on you, don’t waste time. Don’t figure out how or why it happened. Don’t recriminate. Don’t figure out whose fault it is. Don’t work out how to avoid the same mistake next time. All of that you do later. If you survive.” 53 likes
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