Killing Floor by Lee Child
(Jack Reacher, No. 1)

78%

20 Critic Reviews

Two scenes of brutal violence in a nearby prison are rendered with exquisite precision, as is a stalking murder inside the baggage area of the Atlanta airport, and the vast counterfeiting conspiracy that Reacher's brother was probing is wholly credible.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

INTRODUCING JACK REACHER
The bestselling novel featuring the "wonderfully epic hero" (People) who inspired the hit film Jack Reacher.

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 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.
 

About Lee Child

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Lee Child is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of Jack Reacher thrillers. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City.
 
Published April 25, 2006 by Jove. 562 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Crime, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, Political & Social Sciences, War. Fiction
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All: 20 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Good
on May 20 2010

...debut novelist Child serves up a big, rangy plot, menace as palpable as a ticking bomb, and enough battered corpses to make an undertaker grin.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Mar 03 1997

Two scenes of brutal violence in a nearby prison are rendered with exquisite precision, as is a stalking murder inside the baggage area of the Atlanta airport, and the vast counterfeiting conspiracy that Reacher's brother was probing is wholly credible.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Josef Hernandez on Dec 05 2012

Lee Child shows a master of the thriller novel in “Killing floor.” I thought that the book might be a little longer than it needed to be but it was still an enjoyable read.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Nicholas Ahihelm on Apr 14 2012

This is breakneck action, adventure and mystery of the grandest pulp tradition and well worth any pulp fan’s well earned dollar.

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The Agony Column

Good
Reviewed by Rick Kleffel on Dec 03 2012

'Killing Floor' is an example of reading stripped down to the basics; story, intellect and character. That, and a bit of prescience with regards to the core of the mystery, certainly explains why a 1997 title reads perfectly well some fifteen years later.

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Yahoo! Voices

Above average
Reviewed by Brian Cartee on Jan 04 2013

I don't know if it is because Killing Floor is one of his earlier efforts, but there appears to be some rookie mistakes. You can hardly find a page where he doesn't use 'OK,' either in dialogue or in the narrative. He also greatly overuses 'right?' at the end of his characters sentences.

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EzineArticles

Good
Reviewed by Alain Burrese on Mar 30 2010

If you want some good escapism action, Lee Child's Jack Reacher series fits the bill. If you want to start at the beginning, pick up a copy of "Killing Floor," and read it for fun.

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All the Books I Can Read

Good
on Jan 22 2013

I know these books are popular, but I don’t think I expected to enjoy this as much as I did. I found Reacher interesting and I always wanted to know that little bit more about him every time I learned something.

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Vulpus Libris

Above average
Reviewed by Moira on Sep 21 2010

For all my persnickety complaints about the written style, slightly less persnickety objections to the plot holes and entirely justified concerns about the graphic violence … Killing Floor is actually a very well-told tale. It may be a tad implausible, but when you’re looking for a bit of escapism, that doesn’t really worry you.

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Kathy Takes on Books

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Reviewed by Kathy Davie on Feb 23 2012

The man is twisted. Child has come up with a nasty, twisty plot that is, unfortunately, believable. I started reading this and forgot everything around me...Definitely a buy.

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Above average
on Sep 17 2013

There are victims everywhere; murder, blood, and body parts accumulate. Will he succeed? I was reading at that time, and was really hoping that he will succeed. There�s just so much excitement in reading conspiracy theories novels.

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Once Upon A Chapter

Excellent
Reviewed by Stephanie on Feb 24 2011

Lee Child is brilliant. I don’t think I can put it any other way. The man deserves all the praise you’ve read about. I didn’t have anything figured out until Jack Reacher himself started explaining it to me. It was amazing.

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The Nature of Things

Above average
Reviewed by Dorothy Borders on Sep 09 2013

I'll definitely be reading more of the books, I think, but not for a while. First, I need to wash the blood out of my mind with some words that are not quite so violent.

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BCF Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Ben on Jan 01 2011

I found the characters to be believable and interesting, especially that of the main protagonist Jack Reacher, who at first the reader learns nothing about.

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Reading Copy Book Blog

Good
on Jan 01 1997

This first thriller by a former television writer features some of the best-written scenes of action in recent memory, a crash course in currency and counterfeiting, and a hero who is just begging to be called on for an encore.

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I'm Booking It

Above average
Reviewed by Laura on Jan 12 2011

In the second half, there were many more bad guys that evidently needed killing, and Reacher wasn’t too bothered by needing to oblige. The plot continued to move along, but this movement was bogged down for me by the bodies and general mayhem.

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Melody's Reading Corner

Good
Reviewed by Melody on Oct 06 2010

After reading and enjoying Killing Floor, I really look forward to reading the rest of the Jack Reacher's series. And if there ever be a movie on this, I'd be there to watch it.

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Magical Musings

Good
Reviewed by Michelle Diener on May 24 2009

One by one, Jack Reacher exposes the secrets and dangers of the seemingly-perfect town, and the finale is totally explosive. I highly recommend this thriller and I can’t wait to read the other books in the series.

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Duffbert's Random Musings

Good
Reviewed by Tom Duff on Sep 04 2005

Very, *very* good first novel from Child, and I can't wait to work through the other Reacher novels. Good thing I have a vacation coming up soon.

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Rough Edges

Good
Reviewed by James Reasoner on Jan 27 2007

...boy, the action scenes are good. The style really works once you get used to it. Sure, Jack Reacher is pretty much a superhero, but I'm an old pulp guy, so I don't mind that too much.

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