Ever since watching the two Jack Reacher movies starring Tom Cruise, I’d been intending to read at least one of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels. Several weeks ago, I read a book called The Storytellers that included several thriller series authors talking about their careers, inspirations, etc. One of the authors in it was Lee Child, and I determined that now was the time to read one of his books. I Googled “best Jack Reacher books” and located where a blogger listed their top 10. The number 2 book on that list was Killing Floor, which happens to be the very first Jack Reacher book, as well as Child’s debut novel.

Jack Reacher is an amazing character, roaming around like a great white shark and dishing out violence, pain, and death to anyone who gets on his bad side. The copy I read included an introduction that related the author’s life up until he became a full-time writer, and the thought process that went into the creation of the character that became Jack Reacher. I’m not sure to what degree each adventure follows a formula or template, but I’m going to read at least one more from that top 10 list to find out.

I gave Killing Floor five stars on Goodreads. It was a bit slow moving at the beginning, with short bursts of the physical conflict typical of this series. Besides the action scenes, the parts I enjoyed the most were Reacher’s internal though processes, where he explains his rules of combat, insights into crime, etc. If you enjoy crime novels and violence doesn’t bother you, this is a series you shouldn’t miss.