Killing Floor, The Start of Jack Reacher 

Lee Child’s first Jack Reacher novel, Killing Floor, is the start of the list of many sequels followed. Killing Floor introduces the character Jack Reacher, in the first series and gives a background about him and the type of person he is. 

Killing Floor feels like, it has been written for it to become a movie! And some of Jack Reacher’s series has really been made into a movie starring Tom Cruise and manky of you would have seen it. So coming to the 1st one in Jack Reacher’s series, Killing Floor was the first book I read of Lee Child’s works and I could say that I’m ready to read more of his writings! 

Killing Floor starts of with Reacher, who is an ex-military and was wandering off to random places, gets caught as a suspect in a murder investigation in the town of Margrave. Margrave is a sleepy town which hasn’t seen a murder in the last thirty years. 

Reacher, as a suspect in murder case, turns out to be the person who has a monumental role is solving it. When the number of bodies gets suddenly increased in the otherwise safe town, Reacher discovers that the murders are just the tip of the iceberg in a biggest nationwide crisis, which could shake the entire foundation on which United States economy.  The story progresses into how Reacher along with the help of some locals in the town unravels the scam going on behind it. 

The one thing that I liked about the book, and which is different from the others is the simplicity of the language. In the beginning, I felt like the sentences are too short, but it then turned out to be the real factor to hook me on. There are no unnecessay details and descriptions – just the one which is of utmost importance. And hence, it made the reading more interesting. A hard concept behind the story was made to feel like it is one of the simplest ones, because of the minimalistic and precise writing of Lee Child. 

All together, it was a perfect read on a lazy Sunday, munching on chips and chocolates! 

3 thoughts on “Killing Floor, The Start of Jack Reacher 

  1. Hi there! I am a Reacher fan too! 🙂

    Tom Cruise was the lead actor in both Jack Reacher movies though, not Brad Pitt.

    I like the simplicity of the language too. I think it works because Jack Reacher is that kind of action hero. A man of few words. And his fighting style is simple with no unnecessary movements. Like in that prison scene (in Killing Floor). He didn’t mess about with Judo throws or MMA arm locks. He simply broke his assailant’s finger and hit back really hard.

    But what I like the most about Reacher is that he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty. He doesn’t shy away from killing the bad guys who needed to be killed. That’s a nice change from the Japanese manga heroes. I actually made a blog post about the differences between Jack Reacher and the typical Japanese detective hero, so you can check it out if you are interested.

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    1. Firstly, thank you for pointing it out!
      And secondly, I’m happy to meet a fellow Reacher fan! I exactly like Reacher for the same reasons you mentioned. He does not go about showing heroics, but just a few moves to take the opponent down.
      Thirdly, I’ll be happy to check out yours for sure! ☺


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