Killing Floor

Killing Floor

eBook - 1997
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Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Jove Books, c1997.
ISBN: 9781429513623
1429513624
9781429520973
1429520973
Characteristics: 407 p.

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The book Killing Floor introduced Jack Reacher, a tough ex-military policeman.


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FranBee
Nov 13, 2020

I read this for the Mystery Lovers Book Group. It was kind of a mystery but really, it's much more of an action story. It's the first Jack Reacher book in the series, if that means anything to you. The hero is big and tough and doesn't have a lot of depth, which is pretty much what you want in an action novel. The prose could get pretty bad, and I didn't appreciate the way he involved his brother in the story (no spoiler here!) but I liked the way the hero narrates what he's thinking and doing -- including the fight scenes. It's a not-very-serious book for those days when that's exactly what you want. A quick and fun read.

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AtkinsonMH
Oct 31, 2020

Very engaging read. Strong characters with really good storyline and protaganist character development. Questionable plausibility of storyline, in terms of Reacher's seeming willingness to work his way through killing so many people without managing to permanently attract legal sanction or investigation, other than the inital portrayed mistaken incident.

Psychologically, while we are lead to view the writer's characterisation of violence in small towm America as somewhat disconnected from normally framed legal consequence and systems of juresprudence; I am unconvinced such violence changes what the main character ìs in simply reality. I am unsure whether the author's situatinal positioning changes that at all. Operatively, the reader is rather obligated to accept the author's premise as justification and legitimisation of his main character's actions. Thus, the end justifies the means as long as you are framed as the good guy and the stakes are critically situated. Strangely, this seems remarkably similar to how US foreign policy is informed. Perhaps it is merely an American cultural thing which reflects a deeper societal problem historically under recognised and unaddressed.

However, in all fairness, the story, itself, was very enaging and well written, paced and constructed. Thereby, complaints or criticisms, as above, may be beside the point. I would, and am certaintly going to read more from this author. At least for now. Though, I do wonder how long before the above concerns work to alienate my readership.

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L_Sanga
Oct 19, 2020

This was a fast paced story.
One you know that the hero is never going to lose. This is my first Jack Reacher book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Will read another for sure. A solid 4.0/5

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nimbus_sandal_0
Aug 26, 2020

Don't remember where I first heard of Jack Reacher. Haven't seen the films. The physical copy was small and unassuming, but the font was also pretty small. It became a bit of a slog. The set up reminds me of Rambo. The most exciting scene was a fight that happens in the first few chapters. I do appreciate the fact that most, if not all, details were interconnected somehow. Though it also makes things super convenient.

The title confused me, but that may refer to the "Blind Blake" singer Reacher goes to Margrave for.

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mroufael
Aug 13, 2020

(Jack Reacher, #1)

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ShalynTybo
Aug 06, 2020

This was the first Jack Reacher book published.
However, it is not chronologically the first story in the life of Jack Reacher.
I suggest first reading these short stories in this order: Second Son, High Heat, Deep Down, Small Wars. They can be found in the 12 story collection titled "No Middle Name".
Then read: The Enemy, Night School, The Affair before reading Killing Floor.
Typical Reacher book; mayhem, murder, mix-ups, retribution, resolution, renewed roaming.
I did enjoy Lee Child's introduction which explains why and how he started writing the series.

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hawkeye23
Dec 02, 2019

Reacher series #1

IndyPL_RobinK Nov 07, 2019

The first of the Jack Reacher series does not disappoint. Tom Cruise is so miscast based on the introduction by the author describing Reacher as 6' 5", 250 pounds, quiet and intimidating. This guy uses any means necessary to get to the truth and his form of justice. In this case, he is arrested upon walking into a small town and is accused of murder. His only goal is to prove his innocence and move on--until he finds out who the victim is. Then it's game on!

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DavidCarr
Nov 10, 2018

Book #9 chronologically after The Affair (2011) and before Die Trying (1998):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Reacher_(book_series)#In-story_chronology

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Blue_18
Nov 05, 2018

Very good book but I thought it lost focus at the end. The ending definitely doesn't match the level of tension in the rest of the book. It slows down considerably and then just kind of quits. Maybe, after the book was finished, someone decided the ending needed to be changed so it could be turned into a 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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