Book: Killing Floor by Lee Child

Entertaining cop thriller

Lee Child
Killing Floor
G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1997
ISBN: 0-515-12344-7
407 pages

In Killing Floor, the main character is Jack Reacher, a long-time military policeman who has recently been "downsized" out of the army. After many years of living with lots of rules and discipline, he's now wandering the United States at a relaxed pace. At a whim, he stops in the sleepy but prosperous-looking town of Margrave, Georgia with the intention of following a half-remembered suggestion from his brother in Washington, D. C. that he find out about a long-dead jazz musician. Instead, he's arrested for murder. Of course, that's just the beginning.

Some of the book's characters are a trifle stereotypical, but the plot has the appropriate number of mysteries and twists in it. The prose is workmanlike and never gets in the way of the action. The action is no less probable than is standard for the genre. This book isn't a work of art, but it turned out to be just the thing to have taken with me on a recent weekend away.

Posted: Thu - October 25, 2007 at 07:01 PM   Main   Category: