Killing Floor (novel)
1998 Paperback cover
|Media type||Print (Hardcover, Paperback)|
|Followed by||Die Trying|
Killing Floor is the debut novel by Lee Child, first published in 1997 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.
Jack Reacher gets off a Greyhound bus in the town of Margrave, Georgia, because he remembers his brother mentioning that a musician named "Blind Blake" died there. Much to his surprise, he's arrested in a local diner for murder. He meets a detective called Finlay, and tries to prove he was not there when the murder happened. After finding what seems to be a phone number in the dead man's shoe, Finlay calls and tricks a man into telling him his name, Mr. Hubble. They bring Hubble (as he likes to be called) into the police station for questioning and he soon cracks and confesses to the murder, but Reacher does not believe the confession. Both Reacher and Hubble are sent to the state prison, where Reacher successfully fends off an attempt on his life, which he realizes was actually intended for Hubble. After two days in jail, Roscoe, a female police officer for whom Reacher has developed an attraction, proves he is innocent and that his claim to have been nowhere near the scene of the murder is true. Roscoe collects Reacher and they return to Margrave, where Reacher learns that the murder victim is his own brother. Hubble has disappeared and his desperate wife wants Reacher to find him. Chief Morrison and his wife have been found brutally murdered in their home. It is revealed later in the story that Margrave is home to a multi-billion dollar counterfeiting operation, which Reacher and his newly formed acquaintances set out to destroy.
Awards and nominations
- 1998 Anthony Award winner, Best First Novel
- 1998 Barry Award winner, Best First Novel
- 1998 Dilys Award nominee
- 1998 Macavity Award nominee, Best First Mystery Novel
- 2000 Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize winner, Best Translated Novel
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- "Macavity Awards winners and nominees". Mystery Readers. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
- "Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prizes winners (2000–2004)". Japan Adventure Fiction Association. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
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