Pages: 525 Price: £8.00 Published: 1998 by Bantam Press
Genre: Crime, Thriller
“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, in search of a dead guitar player”
“But Margrave has just had it’s first homicide in thirty years. And Reacher is the only stranger in town. As the body count mounts, only one thing is for sure: they picked the wrong guy to take the fall.”
I honestly couldn’t recommend this book enough. Killing Floor is a gripping book from the beginning to the end. At the beginning we meet Jack Reacher sat in a Diner in the small town of Margrave, Reacher is then arrested by the police for a crime he did not commit but because he is the only stranger in town he is perceived to be guilty. Once in the police interview room, where Reacher is questioned by Detective Finlay, we learn who Jack Reacher is. Jack Reacher is a lone wolf. A hobo as he calls himself in the interview. Jack Reacher is a Military born man who has spent 36 years of his life working in the Military, predominantly as part of the Military Police. Because of this Jack Reacher is a smart, quick witted individual who is impossible not to like. Jack Reacher is the tough guy character everyone wants. Like Sherlock Holmes crossed with Action Man.
The book is written in first person which I find captivating and allows you to truly get into Reacher’s head and see his thought process. When Reacher thinks it is as if time slows as he brings together all the information in his surroundings to make one quick decision, whether that be to fight or flee or where to aim his weapon to make the most effective and critical shot.
Further on in the book, once Reacher is free of police suspicion, he begins to collaborate with the police for two main reasons: one, Reacher is attracted to the female police officer Roscoe and a relationships starts to form and two, the murder victim is revealed to be Reacher’s own brother.
The plot is full of twists and turns and edge-of-your-seat moments from beginning to end. With an action packed story all the way through. Killing Floor is a real page turner I just couldn’t put down. As the body count grew in the book so did my liking and appreciation for Jack Reacher. One of my all time favourite book characters. A fantastic book.
Would I read it again? Yes.
The book took me 6 days to read in total.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars.
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