Killing Floor (novel)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Killing Floor
Killing Floor Cover.jpg
Author Lee Child
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Jack Reacher
Genre Thriller novel
Publisher Bantam (UK), Putnam (US)
Publication date
March 1997
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 522 (Paperback)
ISBN 0-515-12344-7
OCLC 35249487
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. It is written in the first person.

The novel has three prequels: The Enemy (set 8 years before Killing Floor), Night School (set 1 year before The Affair), The Affair (set shortly before Killing Floor). [1]

Plot summary[edit]

Jack Reacher gets off a Greyhound bus in the town of Margrave, Georgia, because he remembers his brother mentioning that a blues musician named Blind Blake died there. Much to his surprise, shortly after his arrival, he is arrested in a local diner for murder! He then meets a local detective called Finlay, and tries to prove his innocence. 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 later discovers 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 and Roscoe collects Reacher and they return to Margrave, where Reacher later discovers that the murder victim is his own brother. Hubble disappears, apparently assassinated, and his desperate, uninformed wife wants Reacher to find him. Chief Morrison and his wife are later found, brutally murdered, in their home. In the finale Reacher discovers that Margrave, is home to a multibillion-dollar counterfeiting operation, which he and his newly formed acquaintances set out to destroy.

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Anthony Awards winners and nominees". Bouchercon. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "1998 Barry Awards winners and nominees". Thrilling Detective. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Dilys Award winners and nominees". Mystery Bookersellers. Archived from the original on May 1, 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Macavity Awards winners and nominees". Mystery Readers. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prizes winners (2000–2004)". Japan Adventure Fiction Association. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 

External links[edit]