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Killing Floor (Jack Reacher) Paperback – November 6, 2012
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When Jack Reacher suddenly decides to ask a Greyhound bus driver to let him off near the town of Margrave, Georgia, he thinks it's because his brother once mentioned that the famed blues guitarist Blind Blake died there. But it doesn't take long for the footloose ex-military policeman to discover that there are plenty of strange--and very dangerous--things going on behind Margrave's manicured lawns and clean streets that demand his attention. 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
The transient Jack Reacher finds himself in tiny Margrave, Georgia, and is almost immediately arrested, if briefly, as a murder suspect. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that one of the victims is his brother, a brilliant U.S. Treasury agent. Reacher himself is no slouch; a former military policeman, he can dispatch villains with an astonishing array of weapons, including various parts of his body. In the company of a straight-arrow detective and a beautiful lady cop, Reacher soon unearths a conspiracy stretching through the little town and beyond. Blood flows freely, terrible threats are made and carried out, and body parts accumulate. First novelist Child, a former television writer, stretches coincidence outrageously in this would-be noir outing, whose hero is creepily amoral, violent, and generally unpleasant. Only large pop fiction collections need consider.?Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Information Svcs., Ridgecrest, Cal.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
I had to pee. It was 2:30 pm. I stood up. I walked down the hall. I turned on the light. I unzipped my pants. I urinated. I zipped back up. I walked back, It was 2:34 pm. I sat down.
Paragraph after paragraph, page after page of short choppy sentences that go nowhere. Add to that the absurd first act where Reacher is arrested for murder and in the police station. They find a cell phone number on the victim and the detectives don't think to call that number until Reacher suggests it to them. This is after Reacher observes how professional and well-run these police are. And one of the detectives is a Harvard grad. And this Harvard grad, as well as Reacher, say right after nearly every sentence.
I looked into it, right?
I checked the number, right?
The victim was white, right?
I know the author is English and this tone has been pointed out with other reviews but it makes the characters unbelievable, right?
And Reacher being the lead suspect in the case the detectives fill him in and discuss the case and their thoughts and progress with him like he is one of the team. When the detective actually calls the cell phone number found on the victim he does it right in front of Reacher. What?
I know there are like 20 Reacher books so there must be a fan base. I don't know why, right?
At the very beginning of the novel, Jack Reacher is arrested for a murder that he didn’t commit. After being on the road for many months and drenched in rainwater, Jack Reacher only wants to be alone; he carries no luggage, no extra clothes, and no car. However, as trouble has always found its way to him, he is carried into a deep homicide investigation that no one understands. When Jack is being investigated, he says, “Homicidal frenzy is bad enough, but postmortem frenzy is worse” (Child 34). A military man through 36 years of his life and a specialized “agent” in homicide investigation himself, he finds himself questioning the investigators. Soon afterwards, Jack is on the team helping out with the investigation. However, as time draws nearer he must distinguish his friends from his enemies.
Through the use of many flashbacks in Jack Reacher’s military life, Child uses real world connections to entertain readers about the thinking skills of highly skilled military men. For example, during the interrogation of Jack Reacher at the police station, he tells Finlay two things, “But the actual evidence points to a minimum of three… [they] wouldn’t like that kind of frenzy. It would embarrass them” (37). On the surface, Finley is interrogating Jack about the mysterious murder, but on the deeper level though Finley can’t figure out how to solve the mystery because he is disobeying orders in order to let Jack tell him what he thinks of the mystery. Reacher’s high order thinking skills taught him how to analyze every part of the crime scene and he starts to find little details in “putting the puzzle pieces together.” Clearly, Reacher’s skills that he learned in the military prove effective. In addition, when Reacher is placed in the holding cell for his “murder”, he starts to think “about somebody who had watched his partner shoot a guy in the head [and] who had watched his partner shoot a guy in the head” (Child 44). Although not said directly, Jack Reacher calmly analyzes the situation at hand, using his real-life experiences in the military to aid him in preparing for his next move. In other words, Reacher’s connections to the military help him stay calm, cool, and collected, even in jail. There in no doubt that Child uses real-world connections to tell more about Jack Reacher.
Also, throughout the entirety of the book, there were many suspenseful parts that were described in the utmost detail. For instance, when Jack Reacher was in the prison cell he was cornered by five white guys that “had orange suits, torn-off sleeves, heavy men, slabby fat, and [they] had crude tattoos on their arms and their faces” (99). Using words such as “slabby” and “crude” signify the amount of imagery created in reader’s minds. By including all these descriptive words, readers feel as though they are part of the scene and are inside of Jack Reacher’s shoes. In addition, when Jack Reacher is talking with Hubble in the 6th cell of the prison about his life, he says, “I never leave a paper trail. It’s just a bit of fun. I like anonymity” ( 110). By using words such as “anonymity,” Hubble feels as though he starts to understand Jack Reacher's way of life and why he does what he does. He sees that some people are different in how they view life and the world. Lee Child’s use of anonymity, slabby, and crude demonstrates the wide variety of vocab he shares with readers.
Clearly, the most defining thing about Jack Reacher is his full commitment to anything he does, as a strong person and character; furthermore, he demonstrates a well-rounded character. During Jack Reacher’s visit to the lab, he finds out that his brother was one of the victims. He starts thinking to himself that “[he] feels rigid with shock on the counter between the fax machine and the computer terminal and felt like an arctic guy whose whole world changes in a single step” (141). On the surface level, it seems as though Jack is so shocked that his brother is dead, but on the deeper level words such as “changes” signify that he wants revenge on the attacker who killed his only brother. Although he seems rattled, his character gets stronger by committing himself further to the investigation. Moreover, when Jack Reacher is walking by himself on the streets he realizes that “deep down, [he] was always aware that [he] was supposed to stand up for him” (150). By including the phrase “supposed to stand up for him”, he commits himself to do whatever it takes to find out the truth. He realizes that to be a more developed character he must become more committed to the task at hand even if he didn’t want to do it at first; this is a sign of resilience. Overall, Child uses Jack Reacher ups and downs to fully develop his character, even at the roughest times.
Through the good and the bad, right and wrong, friends and enemies, Jack Reacher: Killing Floor resembles a suspenseful thriller, developing Jack Reacher through detail and real-world connections. Killing Floor has lots of imagery and attention to detail that make readers jump into Jack’s shoes. This book should be placed in the hands of curious people that want to hop into the world of unknown adventure of adult world. There is no doubt Jack Reacher: Killing Floor is right for you!
I find that when I like the author, I know I'll like the book, so I dove into The Killing Floor. As a thriller, Killing Floor had all the elements you'd expect from this type of book. An excellent back-story, an intriguing and complex hero, and a story where the reader learns a great deal about a subject you could go your whole life with out knowing.
What I found slightly flawed about the book, which made me give it only 4 stars, was the length of the book. It's not that I don't like lengthy books, The Stand, and Pillars of the Earth are a couple of favorites of mine, it's just that this book was too long for both the story and the type of book it is. I'd be interested to know if Child's subsequent books are less wordy. But--as a first book, this is a great debut for an author.
Jack Reacher, the hero of the story, has quit the army and now enjoys his freedom by moving around from town to town. He gets off a Greyhound bus in a small Georgia town because his brother told him that it's where a blind guitar player was last seen. Turns out Reacher's older, and only brother was also last seen in this town, and when Reacher is thrown in jail for a night, he decides to stick around and see what the problem is.
Some of the things in the book were a bit dated, since it was written 6 years ago, but this didn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the book. I'm glad I read it, and I know have another 'go-to' book for long flights if I ever need one.