Killing Floor is the first book in the internationally popular series about Jack Reacher, hero of the new blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise. It presents Reacher for the first time, as the tough ex-military cop of no fixed abode: a righter of wrongs, the perfect action hero.
Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he’s about to regret.
Reacher is the only stranger in town on the day they have had their first homicide in thirty years. The cops arrest Reacher and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure.
They picked the wrong guy to take the fall.
I was a bit surprised to discover that this book was first published in 1997! I can’t believe that it’s taken this long for me to discover – probably the film adaptation has brought this onto a lot of people’s radar.
I’d been meaning to read this series of books for ages since the film came out but never got round to it and I’m so glad that I’d finally got round to it because this was one gripping read from start to finish.
I instantly liked Reacher’s character from the moment he’s pulled away from his breakfast… I was like, hang on a minute, what’s he done and you’re immediately on his side. Through a series of coincidences he gets involved in murder and counterfeiting investigations. But to be honest, I felt he was more like a vigilante – pretty much anything goes and nobody bats an eyelid!
I really liked that it’s told in the first person, you’re really inside his head and feel involved as he’s figuring things out.
Some of the prison and murder scenes made me feel a bit sick though and would play on my mind long after I’d put the book down – I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re squeamish or easily upset by this kind of brutality.
I do need to go away now and watch the movie adaptation as I hear Tom Cruise was terribly miscast as Reacher.
Crime and thriller lovers – this is for you!