Killing Floor by Lee Child


I have heard of this author, seen the books even watched a film based on one of his books, but never read one.  This is the first of the Jack Reacher novels.


I have given this a 4* review because I liked it.

Jack Reacher is ex military police, loner, a drifter, survivalist and has been trained for many dangerous situations.

He was on a bus and see’s the name Margrave.  He jumps off the bus and visits the town because of an old guitarist was once there.  It is a quiet, out-of-the-way town and has not had a murder in thirty years.  Is it a coincidence then that a murder occurs when Jack arrives ?

He is arrested and questioned, but a witness places him at the scene of the crime.  How can this be when he wasn’t there, he has a water tight alibi, but until everything is checked out he has to remain under lock and key.  It soon becomes clear that Jack is innocent as another body turns up.

This story has a basic plot line, it is easy to follow and not complicated.  There are several characters that are easily identifiable as you read.  There is some background history on Jack and some more key characters.  But there are some that are mentioned that no other details are given to.

I liked this story because it is a reasonable action, adventure story.  It is a perfect lazy afternoon or holiday read.  I would recommend this book to people who like this genre, but also to readers in general.  It will be interesting to read other books in this series to seen if the plots improve as the author gains more knowledge and creates more of a rapport with his title character.


Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He’s just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he’s arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Jack knows is that he didn’t kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn’t stand a chance of convincing anyone. not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell.


Paperback, 525 pages
Published 1998 by Bantam Books (first published March 17th 1997)