- Series: Jack Reacher (Book 1)
- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (October 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0515153656
- ISBN-13: 978-0515153651
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5,563 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“All [Jack Reacher novels] are ripping yarns, but.... Killing Floor wins awards for Best Corrupt Southern Town in a Summer Novel and Best Exploding Warehouse.”—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
“Combines high suspense with almost nonstop action. Reacher is a wonderfully epic hero: tough, taciturn, yet vulnerable.”—People
“Great style and careful plotting. The violence is brutal… depicted with the kind of detail that builds dread and suspense.”—The New York Times
“A complex thriller with layer upon layer of mystery and violence and intrigue…A long unsettling trip that leaves your brain buzzing and your stomach knotted. The author pens nightmarish images as casually as an ordinary writer would dot an ‘i’ or cross a ‘t’.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A tough, compelling thriller with characters who jump off the page.”—Houston Chronicle
“Violent and visceral…A cut above…Reacher is as tough as he is resourceful. An exciting, edge-of-the-chair account. Compelling and relentlessly suspenseful.”—The Denver Post
“Some novelists can write top-notch action and some can create compelling mysteries, yet it’s rare to find both of those skills displayed in a single book. Lee Child’s Killing Floor is one of them. But not content with writing a rip-roaring thriller, Child also gives us one of the truly memorable tough-guy heroes in recent fiction: Jack Reacher.”—Jeffery Deaver
“A big, rangy plot, menace as palpable as a ticking bomb, and enough battered corpses to make an undertaker grin.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Beautifully detailed action scenes and fascinating arcana about currency and counterfeiting…[A] taut and tough-minded first novel.”—Publishers Weekly
“I love the larger-than-life hero, Jack Reacher. I grew up a fan of John Wayne’s and Clint Eastwood’s movies, and it’s great to see a man of their stature back in business. Lee Child grabs you with the first line and never loosens his grip. Killing Floor is a terrific ride.”—Nevada Barr
“This is a kick-ass first novel by the very talented Lee Child. Hero Jack Reacher has presence and dimension—a man you definitely want on your side. Child has a sure touch and a strong voice. Definitely a talent to watch.”—Lynn S. Hightower
About the Author
Lee Child is the author of twenty New York Timesbestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, eleven of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures—including Jack Reacher (based on One Shot) and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in almost a hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.
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"It was as distinctive as the most distinctive thing you could ever think of" -literally made me cringe
"We high-fived, whooped and hollered" - Once is bad enough, but when this is used 4 and 5 times, with "high-ten" as the only variation, it leaves me scanning pages trying to skip beyond the sophomoric attempt at a written bromance and get back into the actual story.
My hope is, with this being an early novel, the writer has matured through subsequent releases. I will be moving on to the next novel still hoping for a "WOW" moment; let's hope it comes with fewer cringe-worthy passages.
Well, guess I’ve been wrong because “Killing Floor” grabbed me from the first page. Ex-Army Military Policeman Jack Reacher is 6 foot 6 inches of bad mamma-jama and yes he’s damaged goods, wandering through Georgia when he’s arrested in a diner for a murder which he’s not committed. The story rockets along at a blistering pace with plenty of action, twists and turns, and excitement for 529 pages. I’ve already bought the next two in the 21 (and counting) book series.
In the forward to this paperback edition Child tells the readers his objective when creating the Reacher character was to have someone who was pretty much indestructible- a guy who does not lose and vanquishes every bad guy he meets. He wanted someone different from the flawed and vulnerable heroes in other books and find themselves in mortal jeopardy at every turn and in Jack Reacher he succeeds. Knowing the hero isn’t going to fail does not lessen the suspense and it’s fun watching how Reacher takes down the scum. It’s kind of like satisfaction you get watching a Jason Bourne movie.
The story was extremely drawn out, probably about 150 pages longer than needed, plagued by meandering/repetitive dialogue, incomplete thoughts/sentences, and an overall choppy progression. Recognizing that the novel is about 20 years old now, the dialogue at times felt a bit out-dated even for then, with awkward phrases and thoughts invoking the soliloquies of Adam West's 'Batman.' In instances the excitement begins to build, the author frequently pumps the brakes unnecessarily, undoing building suspense and turning stretches of the book into a chore rather than intrigue.
All of that said, I have continued the series based on the interesting foundations laid here and giving the author the ability to grow beyond the clutter of this debut.
UPDATE: Have read the next few novels and the author's shortfalls generally improve from one to the next!
Other than the garbage (and I apologize, but I cannot think of a more valid word) due to a seemingly endless number of non-sentences, the book is of course excellent; and the writer improved greatly in later books in the series. I have purchased every one of the Jack Reacher novels, and I have loved the character for over a decade.
If people new to Jack Reacher only read this book, I hope they do not conclude all of the books are as poor. As the writer Stephen King also pointed out in his book "On Writing," Lee Child's splatter and spewing of sentence fragments is excessive and annoying in this novel, but not as bad in the others.
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Can’t wait to read the next book in this series. Highly recommend to those who like Action stories.