Killing Floor (Jack Reacher #1) by Lee Child

9421418Killing Floor is the first book in the phenomenal bestselling Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. It introduces Reacher for the first time, as the tough ex-military cop of no fixed abode. Trained to think fast and act faster, he is the perfect action hero for men and women alike.

Margrave is a no-account little town in Georgia. Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles in the rain to reach it, an arbitrary detour in search of a dead guitar player.

But Margrave has just had its first homicide in thirty years. And Reacher is the only stranger in town. So he is thrown into jail. As the body count mounts, only one thing is for sure: they picked the wrong guy to take the fall.

How did I get the book?  Borrowed it.

Genre: Thriller / Mystery / Crime

Review: This is the first book in Lee Child’s long running Jack Reacher series (there are 20 books published so far). I enjoyed this book and the introduction to the Jack Reacher character but realistically I can’t see me reading all the books in the series. I’ve been told by the person who lent me the book (and has read them all) that the Jack Reacher stories don’t require reading in order, so you can pick them up depending on which blurb catches your attention. I wanted to start with the first book because I like order but going forward I’ll probably pick up books as they are recommended.

Killing Floor has a good plot, with a great beginning and a page-turning ending. I did think that the middle dragged on occasion and but it was well worth persisting.

One of the things I really enjoyed about Lee Child’s writing was that the description was clear without being over the top. Also Jack Reacher’s character description is sparse, which works well because it adds to his mystery.

As the first in a series I think Killing Floor lays good foundations and I do know I’ll be reading more in the Jack Reacher books.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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