Killing Floor

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Killing Floor

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By Lee Child

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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 Reacher 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.

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Killing Floor

By Lee Child

Signed Trade Paperback

Winner of the 1998 Barry Award (awarded by Deadly Pleasures magazine) and Anthony Award for Best First Novel, Lee Child is the #1 internationally bestselling author of the Jack Reacher thrillers. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and the Nero awards for Best Novel.

Welcome to Margrave, Georgia—but don’t get too attached to the townsfolk, who are either in on a giant conspiracy, or hurtling toward violent deaths, or both.

There’s not much of a welcome for Jack Reacher, a casualty of the Army’s peace dividend who’s drifted into town idly looking for traces of a long dead black jazzman. Not only do the local cops arrest him for murder, but the chief of police turns eyewitness to place him on the scene, even though Reacher was getting on a bus in Tampa at the time. Two surprises follow: The murdered man wasn’t the only victim, and he was Reacher’s brother whom he hadn’t seen in seven years. So Reacher, who so far hasn’t had anything personal against the crooks who set him up for a weekend in the state pen at Warburton, clicks into overdrive.

Banking on the help of the only two people in Margrave he can trust—a Harvard-educated chief of detectives who hasn’t been on the job long enough to be on the take, and a smart, scrappy officer who’s taken him to her bed— he sets out methodically in his brother’s footsteps, trying to figure out why his cellmate in Warburton, a panicky banker whose cell-phone number turned up in Joe’s shoe, confessed to a murder he obviously didn’t commit; trying to figure out why all the out-of-towners on Joe’s list of recent contacts were as dead as he was; and trying to stop the local carnage or at least direct it in more positive ways. Though the testosterone flows as freely as printer’s ink, Reacher is an unobtrusively sharp detective in his quieter moments—not that there are many of them to judge by.

“All [Jack Reacher novels] are ripping yarns, but since this is the first, it seems the logical place to start…. Killing Floor wins awards for Best Corrupt Southern Town in a Summer Novel and Best Exploding Warehouse.”

—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

“Combines high suspense with almost nonstop action. Reacher is a wonderfully epic hero: tough, taciturn, yet vulnerable.”

People

“Great style and careful plotting. The violence is brutal… depicted with the kind of detail that builds dread and suspense.”

The New York Times

“A complex thriller with layer upon layer of mystery and violence and intrigue…A long unsettling trip that leaves your brain buzzing and your stomach knotted. The author pens nightmarish images as casually as an ordinary writer would dot an ‘i’ or cross a ‘t’.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A tough, compelling thriller with characters who jump off the page.”—Houston Chronicle

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