Killing Floor


When it comes to action, Jack more than knows how to take care of himself. And when the going gets rough, he can— and does—show that he can be the roughest...

- Manchester Evening News

  • All [Jack Reacher novels] are ripping yarns, but since this is the first, it seems the logical place to start.... Killing Floor wins awards for Best Corrupt Southern Town in a Summer Novel and Best Exploding Warehouse.

    —Stephen King (yes, THAT Stephen King), Entertainment Weekly
  • The opening of Lee Child's gripping thriller is classic. Stranger Jack Reacher walks into Margrave in Georgia and within five minutes the small-town cops try to pin a murder on him. They don't even let him finish his breakfast. What these hick law enforcement boys don't know is that Reacher is no ordinary John Doe. A lifetime spent in the army, much of it in action overseas and with the military's own police, has taught him plenty. So when it comes to action, Jack more than knows how to take care of himself. And when the going gets rough, he can—and does—show that he can be the roughest.

    —Manchester Evening News
  • Killing Floor is the best thriller I've read for years.

    —New Statesman

    An American tough guy who is a stranger in small-town Georgia is arrested for murder... [a] stunningly dynamic book.

    —Daily Mail
  • Hollywood's movie moguls have been frantically bidding to buy the exclusive rights to a blockbuster penned by an unknown writer...[they] are battling to woo author Lee Child to buy the rights to Killing Floor to turn Lee's novel into a box office smash.

    —Lancashire Evening Post
  • Killing Floor is a well put-together first novel...set in America's Deep South, the book races along, spattering blood and body parts on the way, with the hero, a super-tough ex-military policeman, contributing his share of corpses as he unravels a conspiracy in which almost no one he encounters can be trusted.

    —Sunday Telegraph

Publication Information (click to expand)

Putnam hardcover March 1997

Jove mass-market paperback May 1998 9780515153651

Berkley trade paperback Nov 2004 0425205061

Penguin e-book Apr 2006 9781101147054

Bantam UK hardcover June 1997

Bantam UK paperback April 1998 0553505408

Brilliance Audio April 2004 Unabridged 1593555571 / Abridged 1561009695/ CD 159355558X