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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reissue edition (Jan. 11 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515123447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515123449
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 3.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #696,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Huff Daddy on July 9 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book from the first page. I devoured this book, unable to put it down. I read it in less than a week which is saying a lot for me. I liked Jack Reacher a lot. He's got a past, he's not all good, but he's the good guy. "Sometimes good guys don't wear white." If were to compare him to any character, I'd say John McClane from Die Hard or even Blondie from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (the greatest Western ever made!). He's a bad ass you have to like. He is the anti-hero you want to see in any action flick.

I found the other characters likeable but not very deep. Part of this is because Child never explores them much, this is after all a jack Reacher novel, and in part because they all have single-name names, Roscoe, Finlay, Hubble. I didn't mind. I found it easy to follow and not confuse characters. The bad guys were stock, smarmy, and slimy, straight out of The Dukes of Hazzard, easy to hate.
The back cover mentions the brutal violence. Many reviewers mentioned the extreme violence. I didn't think that the violence was all that bad. When its there, its quick and brutal, sure, but its not like its in every chapter, a non-stop Quentin Tarantino ode to violence. Certainly not any worse than the Bourne Identity or Point of Impact. Perhaps thin skinned people shouldn't read thrillers.
While a minor, minor subplot, though really the anchor of the book, I did enjoy the faint tangent of Reacher searching for the story of blues legend Blind Blake.It added just a hint of depth to Reacher.
Overall, a great book. If you are a Tarantino fan, if you loved Die Hard, if you like a fast paced no holds barred action-thriller, you will love this book. Ignore the petty detail stuff like the shrugging and simple names. Otherwise, try Robert Ludlum or Stephen Hunter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 1 2011
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Child's first Jack Reacher novel actually reveals the main character to be highly unappealing. He resembles the literary Rambo from First Blood but missing a personality and humor (do not confuse Stallone's Rambo with the original book). The plot sets a style used in many of the Reacher novels - where he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. In this case it is near the town of Margrave, Georgia where upon arrival he is almost immediately arrested as a murder suspect. It soon gets personal because one of the dead is his brother.

Reacher has an entertaining backstory as a highly competent and decorated ex-military policeman. In military circles, their police are tough as they have to chase down members of the military gone bad. He soon uses all his skills with some help along the way to bring justice to the town. Critics have seen the early Reacher as "creepily amoral, violent, and generally unpleasant". As the series moves on, Child gives Reacher an attitude and personality adjustment by better explaining his past and providing him with more humanity. Ultimately, Reacher is on his fictional planet to right wrongs with military professionalism and on that level the book delivers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18 2004
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I must agree with some of the other reviews that the book contains minor quirks, excessive shrugging, and continual short, choppy sentences. However, the plot was one of the best that I have read in years. I only wish I had picked this up when it was originally published, because I now have some catching up to do with the Reacher series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enhancer, Boston, MA USA on June 7 2004
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This series is unstoppable. I am referring to the Un-Abridged Audio Cassette Book. What a way to make your commute more enjoyable. I hope Lee Child continues to write in this series. Jack Reecher is the man. I feel as though I connect on a level with this character that I have not experienced with any other series. The writer keeps the reader/listener focused on the main character, he does not jump around as so many writers do these days. You see everything from Jack's perspective. This is good and you must get this NOW.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gargoylelair on Oct. 6 2013
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I have been reading Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt books for the past 35 years and was looking for another strong, leading character - this is it! Jack is a guy you would want to call up when the shit hits the fan.

His belief in himself and what he can do is refreshing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pat the cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 14 2012
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It's the first book that I read by this author. Wow, what a great, action packed thriller and, an amazing debut novel. I can't wait to read the next instalment of Jack Reacher's adventures. It takes place in a small town in Georgia, near the border with Florida. And, the plot is simmering hot just like the climate down there! Admittedly, the main Reacher character comes across as a tad too heroic and too smart/skilled to be 100% believable. Yet, I still enjoyed it greatly and kept reading along with a minimal amount of eye-rolling. Good ending too. I give it 5 stars out of 5 (excellent).
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Lee Child in his initial novel Killing Floor beautifully crafts a masterful thriller in the action adventure genre. Child's plot simmers just like his hero Jack Reacher slowly but unavoidably reaching the boiling point.
Reacher, a 35 year old honorably discharged veteran military policeman is currently living a hobo's existence cruising around the country by bus. A blues afficiando, while passing through Georgia he remembers having heard that legendary blues guitarist Blind Blake had passed away in the small town of Margrave. With nothing presssing in his schedule, he gets off the bus and hikes 14 miles to check out the town.
While having breakfast in the local diner he is arrested as a suspect in a local murder that has just been uncovered. Another suspect Paul Hubble, a local investment banker, is also brought in for questioning. Both Reacher and Hubble are sent to the local prison while their alibis are checked. While incarcerated they are almost murdered by the inmates in a very suspicious fashion.
Reacher is released and soon learns that the murder victim is none other than his older brother Joe, a U.S. Treasury agent. Nosing around town he manages to stumble into a brilliant criminal scheme headed by a wealthy and devious Mr. Kliner. Kliner owns 4 large warehouses and fronts a foundation that dumps truckloads of money into the upkeep of Margrave and its citizens.
Reacher soon learns of the widespread corruption in the town including Mayor Teale and Chief of Police Morrisson. He befriends Chief detective Finlay who along with Officer Roscoe, a soon to be Reacher love interest, aid him in avenging his brother's murder and cleaning up the town.
Child creates an empathetic and cunning hero in Reacher who using his vast experience and resources embarks on a very satisfying campaign of vengeance. I will absolutely be sure to continue reading the books in this series
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