Picks and Pans Review: Killing Floor
Page-Turner of the Week
DISCHARGED BY THE LEANER POST-Cold War Army, ex-military cop Jack Reacher is, for the first time in his life, a man without a mission. That doesn't last long. When, on a whim, he steps off a Greyhound bus in tiny Margrave, Ga., he finds himself arrested for murder and then hunted by the leaders of a vast—and deadly—counterfeiting conspiracy. Naturally it's up to Reacher to find the real killers and stop the money scheme.
Child, a Brit and former TV writer making his literary debut, combines high suspense with nearly nonstop action. And Reacher is a wonderfully epic hero: tough, taciturn, yet vulnerable enough to tear up at a sentimental gesture from the woman he loves. (Think a young Clint Eastwood.) From its jolting opening scene to its fiery final confrontation, Killing Floor is irresistible. (Putnam, $23.95)