Also by this author: Night School (Jack Reacher, #21), Persuader (Jack Reacher, #7), The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher, #22)
Published by Penguin Random House Audio, Putnam Books on March 1997
Jack Reacher visits a town without pity in the first novel in Lee Child's New York Times best-selling series.
All is not well in Margrave, Georgia.
The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road. The police chief and his wife are butchered on a quiet Sunday morning. Then a bank executive disappears from his home, leaving his keys on the table and his wife frozen with fear.
The easiest suspect is Jack Reacher - an outsider, a man just passing through. But Reacher is not just any drifter. He is a tough ex-military policeman, trained to think fast and act faster. He has lived with and hunted the worst: the hard men of the American military gone bad. He's just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he's arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Reacher knows is that he didn't kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn't stand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell.
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It’s hard for me to believe as much as I love the genre described as Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, and as much as I love Jack Reacher, and as much as I love narrator Dick Hill, I’ve never reviewed one of author Lee Child’s Reacher books for the blog. Since I’ve more or less skipped around in the series, today I’m going to introduce you to the series with the first book, Killing Floor . . . the one that introduced readers to Reacher and his unique take on life and how to live it. Frankly, it makes no difference in what order you read the books, but I did find this fascinating link that may bring some order to the chaos that is Reacher World. I started with The Affair which is actually book 16, even though, chronologically, it takes place before Killing Floor. Regardless of how you choose to navigate, there will be enough information given in each book to keep the story and the characters straight for you.
I think I’ve already raved about Dick Hill in connection with other audio performances, but I do especially love him as Reacher. I haven’t seen the movie mainly because I could never envision the diminutive Tom Cruise as the impressive physical specimen the author describes Jack to be. I also couldn’t hear a voice other than Dick Hill’s speaking as Reacher. He just nails the tone and the attitude for me so, please, don’t judge if I choose to continue my relationship with Reacher through audiobooks!
If you are that rare person who loves this genre but who hasn’t gotten into any of Lee Child’s books, then the audio version would be a good place to start. Jack Reacher is a unique character. He is a true loner, but he is never lonely! Because the books have been around for awhile, you will occasionally find special pricing on one of them, so do take advantage of a good deal if you find one and start the series anywhere.