Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Book Shelf: The Killing Floor by Lee Child

I finished The Killing Floor, by Lee Child, last night. It's the first Jack Reacher novel and not at all a bad read. As far as the writing goes Child has a knack for keeping tight action sequences interesting and enough questions are left open that you'll find yourself assuming that the wrong man is guilty at key points in the story.

I like that. 

What I don't like is the way that he tends to belabor certain points in the book. Like when he has Jack looking at a series of financial books. It's supposed to be one of those pivotal moments in the book when the main character has an epiphany that allows him to unlock a major question. Instead it reads like a man calling out the card catalog in an old library. 

All and all it was a good book in spite of the few pages here and there that were bogged down by Child's need to spell every action out. Worth picking up at a used book store if you can get it for less than three dollars; otherwise I'd recommend that you check it out from the library for free. 

Final Rating: Three Sad Beholders out of Five

You can find the original sad beholder here


  1. There are... a LOT of eyes on that beholder.


    1. I know. Makes me all kinds of excited.

    2. Does all-around vision do it for you?

      How does it feel... to never be flanked?


    3. LOL! You win the internet today, my friend.


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