Killing Floor Mass Market Paperback – Jan 11 2002
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
His belief in himself and what he can do is refreshing.
My father was a police officer and once worked on a case where he found a phone number that was somehow relevant to the case. In our small town, and long ago, reverse look ups did not exist. Together, we poured through the phone book looking for a name to go with that number. It was one of only two cases I had the chance to work on with my father (the other involved wandering along a road and field looking for a gas can as evidence of arson).
In boredom, after thirty or so minutes, I suggested we just call the number and offer a story to get the recipient's name. Dad quickly stomped on that idea and asked pointed questions to be certain I hadn't tried this on my own. I don't know what crime had been committed nor how dad's case turned out. But I learned that there was no need for haste and that anyone with recent crimes on his conscience would react badly to a coincidental phone call fishing for information.
Minor spoiler for the first fifth of the book: In the book, Reacher, a suspect in a murder at the time, convinces the detective involved to call the number and trick the respondent to give his name and address. The detective had no motive to hurry or be unprofessional though I could have accepted it if Reacher had made the attempt once free.
The story had some cool points but I couldn't accept the plot after the phone thing. Your mileage may vary.
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Written somewhat simply in regards to dialogue. Not enough variety in speech patterns between characters. His later work is much better by comparison.Published 28 days ago by Dustin Mihalcheon
He hasn't seen or heard from his brother in years, but just happens to be walking on the road, unknowingly a few feet from where his brother was murdered only hours... Read more
How many times can a person shrug? Don't know the answer? Shrug. Have nothing to say? Shrug. Get shrugged at? Shrug back. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Andy
Underwhelming overall. Uninteresting characters, bland plot and groan worthy dialogue.Published 7 months ago by Joel Wiens