Title: Killing Floor
(Jack Reacher Series #1)

Author: Lee Child
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: March 1st 1997
Finished reading: April 30th 2014
Pages: 524
Rating 3

“Evaluate. Long experience had taught me to evaluate and assess. When the unexpected gets dumped on you, don’t waste time. Don’t figure out how or why it happened. Don’t recriminate. Don’t figure out whose fault it is. Don’t work out how to avoid the same mistake next time. All of that you do later. If you survive.”


I can’t really remember reading something from Lee Child before, so I will consider this a first impression. Although I can’t deny enjoying the general plot and action, there was a slight overdose of testosterone used in this book Killing Floor. It almost feels as if Lee Child put old action movies like Die Hard or Rambo together in a blender and left his story ideas in there too soak up all those male hormones. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked the overall story, but the actions of the main character Jack Reacher are sometimes a bit too Rambo. Also, the sometimes short sentences got on my nerves, especially in the beginning. I guess that is what Lee Child was going for in describing his main character for his new series, but I wasn’t impressed. I will be trying other work of him, just to see if his writing changes over the years… But for now I have to say I’ve read better.


In Killing Floor, we follow ex-military policeman Jack Reacher wandering around, and get to the sleepy town of Margrave. The first impression is a dull town, too well looked after maybe, but quiet and without crime. That changes quickly when they arrest Reacher for a murder he didn’t commit. A conspiracy involving almost the whole town is slowly revealing itself… When Reacher finds out it was his brother who got killed that night, he swears he is going to find the killers. In the meantime, more bodies are starting to show up, all brutally killed. Together with a few seemingly not dirty cops, one of them turning into his lover (Roscoe), he tries to find out what is really going on in Margrave. Here it turns really Rambo and Reacher kills various bad guys on the way; at one point five against one. Which caused my eyebrow to raise real high.

Of course the classic kidnapping couldn’t be missing, and adds some fuel on the fire. Determained to save the day, Reacher goes for his final big bang. Somehow he manages to uncover the conspiracy, save the hostages and get away unharmed, even with the bad guys supposedly having weapons that shoot in a wide range to kill everyone quite easy. And to insure a next story, Reacher decides he can’t settle down and has to hit the road again…


I guess Killing Floor serves to enjoy yourself for a few hours, as long as you know what to are getting into. Sure, it is an entertaining read full of action, but just too Rambo for me to really enjoy it. So if you are a Die Hard Rambo fan, this is the book for you.