Killing Floor by Lee Child

‘Killing Floor’ is Lee Child’s first book in the Jack Reacher series and I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Often when I’ve gone back to start a series from the beginning, I’ve found the writing in the early books to be a bit tentative and the main character to be a bit underdeveloped. But, Jack Reacher seems to have exploded into his first novel as a fully formed exciting character, and there is certainly nothing tentative about this book.

Jack Reacher is an ex-military cop who, since leaving the army six months ago, has lived as a drifter. He travels around the USA mostly on buses, trains and hitching. He buys cheap clothes and replaces them rather than washing them. He carries no ID.

Shortly after arriving at the tiny town of Margrave Georgia, Jack is arrested for murder. He is eventually able to provide an alibi, but in the meantime he spends some time in jail, a serious attempt is made on his life and he discovers that he has a connection to the murdered man.

So, Jack is dragged into helping solve the murder and finding out the reason for the murder occurring in the first place. This is made difficult by the obvious corruption that is going on within the town and especially within the police force.

But, a few of the cops seem OK, especially the beautiful Roscoe. Jack eventually manages to unravel the whole story and defeat the bad guys.

 

The plot was very clever and original. Jack Reacher had the brains to solve the crime as well as the brawn to take care of anyone who got in his way. His approach to bad guys is to get hold of a large gun and blast them out of existence.

 

I really enjoyed this novel. This is one series where you don’t need to read the books in order – Reacher is pretty consistent, and he makes a point of not collecting personal history,

Generally I avoid books with excessive body counts, but for some reason it works for me in this series. I can’t wait to read the next instalment – ‘Die Trying’.

 

Book Published 1997

 

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