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Killing Floor (Jack Reacher) Paperback – October 30, 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 the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
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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 the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
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Jack Reacher, ex-military cop: rough, tough and independent. A loner. Is introduced to readers in Child’s first novel, Killing Floor. Reacher, gulping coffee and shoveling eggs hears tires skid across the gravel parking lot, screech to a halt, and minutes later after refusing to get on the floor (stubborn) his wrists bangle handcuffs. Reacher didn’t visit Margrave to fall in love or murder anyone. He walked fourteen miles into Margrave, Georgia to find the grave of Blind Blake, a guitar player, who died (¿murdered?) in Margrave sixty years before.
Intrigue, family tragedy, romance, a twist now and then line up in Child’s first novel that wins him the 1998 Barry Award (awarded by Deadly Pleasures magazine), the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, and in 2000, the Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize winner, Best Translated Novel. The rest is history with twenty-two Reacher novels thrilling Child readers.
Lee Child writes between James Patterson and David Ellis. Not as fast paced as Patterson. Not as drawling as Ellis. More detail than Patterson. Not as much as Ellis. His story is intriguing. His writing style an easy flow pacing readers forward with fast action scenes. Writers could find his style an interesting. Readers will like Child/Reacher or not — their insouciant attitudes. In the end, neither of them probably give a flip.
I also found Reacher himself to be boring. Quirky, but boring. Sure I liked Child's idea of having a hero who always wins. It's what I dreamed of as a kid who was the 90 pound weakling on the playground. But to read Reacher's invincibility proved in actuality to be boring. It made him one-dimensional, in spite of his quirks.
I gave the book three stars because I've read worse. But I will not be reading any more Jack Reacher, unless I'm super bored and have nothing better at hand.
Reacher's childhood as an Army brat is described as having to pull up stakes and move every few months to a new location, with a new school and never being able to make friends. Lee Childs should have researched this better. The US Army does not move soldiers like that. "Accompanied" tours (with family) usually last at least 3 years. More frequent family moves would cost too much.
Lee Childs has clearly never fired a shotgun, or he wouldn't have succumbed to the fiction of the shotgun as "scattergun". Also, his bad guys are equipped with 10 gauge shotguns, but Childs doesn't seem aware that the recoil of this gauge is too great to be of practical use in combat, something which his bad guys, as "good ole boy" southerners would have been well aware of. Another problem with the Ithaca 10 gauge that Childs has his bad guys use is its 2 round magazine. No rational person is going to want to use a shotgun with a mag that small, for combat at least. And finally, that Ithaca 10 gauge was semiautomatic, not pump, yet Child's bad guy pumps it after his first shot.
Childs has Reacher objecting to being given a pistol, since he has no permit. Perhaps Brit Childs believes that New York City gun laws apply to the deep South. But Reacher would have known that they do not, and would not have batted an eye at being handed a pistol.
If you can muscle past Lee Child's obvious misconceptions about military life and firearms, this book is great fun.