Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lee Child: The Killing Floor

Calling me late to the Jack Reacher party would be the understatement of the year. This book was written in 1997 and considering the following Jack Reacher novels have, I still can't believe I heard only last year about it.  And then from several different sources. Oh well, some things come into your life when the time is right I guess.

The series has now reached 15 novels and I very much look forward to reading them. I enjoyed this one very much even though it contains some gory scenes of violence (I cringe just remembering one in particular) but unfortunately, all the violence seems very believable. I mean, the situations in which it happens call for some nasty beatings and killings. Which makes me give you a word of warning - if you don't like detailed scenes of violence, maybe you should skip this one. I don't really like them but I don't have a problem with them being part of the story. And the story is both interesting and informative, in more ways than one.

I don't want to disclose the gist of the problem Jack faces in this book but that is one of the ways where you learn about the possibilities regarding the crime being comitted. The other are little tidbits Jack explains at the same time in his head and to his reader regarding efficient ways to kill, hurt, maim somebody, not leave physical traces of your being somewhere both on a crime scene and in a country as a whole.

The best thing about jack is the fact that although he had military training (and is some seriously dangerous guy to cross due to all his knowledge and capabilities, size and strength), he still has a warm heart and is not afraid to show it to people he cares for (those are not many but it's present in the novel).

So, basic line is, I found a new series I will definitely read through and I already know I will enjoy it immensely - and learn some useful self-defence stuff. The only problem with that is, will I remember it...? :)

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  1. Glad you like these Ines. I've read every one in the series, so I guess you ucould say I'm a fan of Child's genre. You could say the boooks become a bit formulaic after a while, but they are good fun!

  2. Michael, I guess formulaic cannot be avoided once a series gets a life but as long as they are fun to read and keep me in the story, I don't mind.

  3. That's true, a lot of series featuring a constant character become a bit like that.