Killing Floor

Killing Floor

Book - 2012
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A discharged soldier is framed for a murder by the chief of police in a small town in Georgia where he has just arrived. When the soldier learns that the murdered man was his brother he breaks out of jail and carries out his own investigation.
Publisher: New York : Berkeley Books, 2012.
Edition: 2nd Berkeley trade paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780425264355
0425264351
Characteristics: 407 p. ; 21 cm.

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crystalcreative
Sep 18, 2017

This had been recommended to me and heck, we know it's popular, but it wasn't my area, y'know? Crime thriller? Not really me. And then there's Tom Cruise, who inadvertently ruined it for readers everywhere by playing Reacher in the movie version. Sorry Tom, you were great in Top Gun.
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So I gave it a go and wow - I will admit it took me the first third of the book to NOT picture Tom Cruise <cringe!>, but gradually build a picture of my Jack Reacher. But despite that, it was totally gripping right from the start. (The plot started out similar to the first Rambo movie.) I got a view into things I'd never thought to think about, like army life, and the kind of skills that life taught you. And I got to mooch through America for a while - I like their diners and they seem to do good coffee. :)
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So this book - waaaay better than expected. I am completely addicted now, and will be following the adventures of Reacher through as many next books as can hold me, so far that makes three, and still loving every page.

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PolyWogg
Sep 03, 2017

BOTTOM-LINE:
Great intro to a series
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
The plot is relatively confused to start. Jack Reacher is a drifter who gets picked up by the police in a small town as a suspected murderer. He knows he didn't do it, so he is fairly cooperative with the lead detective. But when it starts to appear that some of the other people don't particularly care if he did it, he is a little annoyed that their laziness is going to cost him a weekend in jail with someone else who confessed to the crime. Jack starts to draw on his past skills as an MP in the army to help out the investigation, and then it starts to get personal.
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WHAT I LIKED:
From the word go, Jack Reacher is a solid character. He comes with a lot of history and no baggage, which I understand is how the rest of the series unfolds as well. The characters read a little more stream-lined than perhaps a Robert B. Parker novel, without as much soul-searching, and the action keeps going.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
There is a major "coincidence" in the novel, and I really hate novels that hang on coincidence as a major plot device to move the story along. Happenstance is one thing, such as Jack being in the town and subject to being suspected. But when it turns out that Jack knew one of the victims, in a town where he doesn't know anyone, and there's no reason for either of them to be there, it's a bit of a stretch.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.

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brianwalsh1948
Jul 23, 2017

I have read every Jack Reacher book and watched both movies. How can anyone not love this guy? Great read and highly recommended for his fans. Not for everyone but Reacher fans will love it. Some people didn't like Tom Cruise in the movie role, but apart from the physical size discrepancy, I loved them both.

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7626dee
Oct 14, 2016

If you can ignore the extreame coincidence that places Reacher in Margrave this isn't a bad first try. It would have been much better if Child had first written an intro novel to let us meet Reacher while in the Army and then moved onward from there. Child does write like it will be a screenplay and it probably will be.

PimaLib_IngridT Aug 05, 2016

I really like Jack Reacher. He's a great guy. This book was fun to read. I looked forward to picking it up and reading where I left off. I read this book because of an interview on NPR with Lee Child for his #21 latest Jack Reacher book- Night School. A second jack Reacher movie is also slated to come out soon with Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.

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MaZaRo
Jul 12, 2016

Great book but the ending was unexpected.

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rishikanta_p
May 30, 2016

Awesome book. Didn't want to put down as soon as I started reading.

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LearnDressage
Feb 23, 2016

Fast paced and fun however I found it hard to "care" about the main character in this novel. No real traits that connect me to Reacher enough to care how his heroic tale turns out. Good ending but don't think I'll read another Reacher book for awhile.

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aprinterslife
Nov 07, 2015

Loved it! the pace and plot will keep anyone on the edge of their seats. One of those books you cannot put down.

LRS1969 Nov 04, 2015

I have yet to meet a Jack Reacher novel that I didn't love. (Heck, I even enjoyed the Jack Reacher movie - despite the horrible casting of Tom Cruise as Jack... a major part of Jack's persona is his SIZE!)

I have read the main series twice now (currently on third round) and realized that I had never Reviewed these, so determined to do so during this reading of the series.

I find an interesting element in my readings that I seem to subconsciously have minor (usually minor) technical type errors pop out at me. I am amazed that the author (who clearly does a lot of research) does as good a job as he does in this subject when he was never in the military much less the U. S. Army or the MPs.

(I think that was because I had experience in both the military and law enforcement, so those things popped out at me - other things were just in other areas of personal interest)

A good start to an interesting character. This is one of those books where it does so much better in a "series format" as the character development is (to varying degrees) ongoing to a fair degree.

And it's a good combination of action, mystery, and drama.

In any case, I would highly recommend the reading of this book (and also primarily in the series order... some books in the series can be good "stand alone" ones, but not as well as in the series setting - very much like the Richard Sharpe series).

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jimg2000
Mar 25, 2014

Self Introductions: I am a white man. I am very tall. My hair is fair. I was sitting there wearing a long black overcoat. I didn't have a hat. Or a bag ... According to your fancy definition, I don't come from anywhere. I come from a place called Military. I was born on a U.S. Army base in West Berlin. My old man was Marine Corps and my mother was a French civilian he met in Holland ... I had been in the service since the day I was born. Now I was out. Being out felt great. Felt like freedom ... I had told them I had been a military policeman ...

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