Lee child killing floor review
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1) by Lee ChildThis reads like an 80s action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
A big tough ex-military guy drifts into a small town and is sucked into uncovering a vast criminal conspiracy through completely unbelievable coincidences. - Check.
Hero has a cool, manly sounding name: Jack Reacher. - Check
Hero is quickly given a personal grudge against the villains. - Check
Bad dialogue. - Check.
Stereotypical villains including corrupt businessmen and politicians. - Check.
Hero finds a few trustworthy allies, but is betrayed at some point. -Check
Hero shacks up with hottest girl in town within two days of meeting her. - Check
Hot girl gets kidnapped by bad guys at some point. - Check.
Stuff blows up real good at the end. - Check.
I know this is a really popular series these days, but unless it gets a lot better in later books, I just dont get it. Ive read far better action scenes from guys like John Sandford who actually write thrillers that have plots that hang together and dont trot out every action movie cliche in the process. Plus, there are massive gaps in logic. A murder victim turns out to be a federal agent who is working on a super-secret case that is so important that it literally threatens the United States. Yet, after hes killed and its reported, nobody else from the government even shows up to check it out. WTF? I can gloss over unrealistic procedural stuff in the interest of a good story, but since this isnt a good story, the plot loopholes are too horrible to ignore.
Another problem is that Child couldnt make up his mind if he wanted to write just an action novel or a detective story, and he tried to split the difference. Not good.
Reacher is the worst fictional detective Ive ever read. Giant clues are put in front of him that anyone who has ever read a book or seen an episode of television since 1962 would instantly recognize, but he misses them. Yet, when called for, he can make ludicrous leaps of intuition that would make Sherlock Holmes scratch his head at the sheer implausibility of them. This might have been a better book if Reacher was just a revenge driven killing machine mowing through the bad guys without the pretense of playing detective.
This would have been 1 star, but I gave it an extra star because the main piece of the criminal plot is actually kind of clever and not something Id read before. Unfortunately, its the only original thing in this book.*
* Update 4/10/16 - I recently read another crime novel that used an identical idea of (view spoiler)[ bleaching $1 bills to use for counterfeiting purposes (hide spoiler)]. Since that book was published 36 years before this one it seems a lot less original then I initially thought so I took away that second star.
From Krimson's Library: Killing Floor
Killing Floor is the debut novel by Lee Child , first published in by Putnam. The book won the Anthony Award and Barry Award for best first novel. It also is the first book to feature the character Jack Reacher. It is written in the first person. The novel has three prequels: The Enemy set eight years before Killing Floor and published in , Night School set one year before Killing Floor ; published in , The Affair set six months before Killing Floor ; published in Jack Reacher gets off a Greyhound bus in the town of Margrave, Georgia , because he remembers his brother mentioning that a blues musician named Blind Blake had died there.
Killing Floor by Lee Child. Our Assessment: B : a bit excessive and simplistic, but mostly solid writing and pacing. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review 's biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. The complete review 's Review :. Killing Floor is the first in the phenomenally successful series featuring Jack Reacher.
Killing Floor. Lee Child, Author Putnam Publishing Group $ (p) ISBN enliven this taut and tough-minded first novel by British TV writer Child.
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I just went and read the wiki, 17 books :O, this must really be good. And after reading the review, I think Killing Floor would be a good place to start. Movie can not be as good. Tom Cruise as Reacher? NO WAY. He does not fit my fantasy of Reacher. My recommendation would be to read the book and skip the movie.
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