DIKSIA.COM - If you are looking for a gripping and suspenseful novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat, you might want to check out Killing Floor by Lee Child. This is the first novel in the Jack Reacher series, which has become one of the most popular and successful thriller franchises in the world. Killing Floor was published in 1997 and won the Anthony Award and Barry Award for best first novel.
It is also the first book to feature the character of Jack Reacher, a former military policeman who has no fixed address, no luggage, and no ties. He is a drifter who travels the country by hitchhiking or taking buses, and who often finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The story begins when Reacher arrives in Margrave, a small town in Georgia, because he is curious about the death of a blues musician named Blind Blake, who died there many years ago. However, as soon as he steps into a diner, he is arrested for a murder that he did not commit. The local police claim that they saw him leaving the scene of the crime, where a man was found dead with his face blown off by a shotgun. The victim turns out to be Reacher's brother, Joe, who was working as a special agent for the Treasury Department, investigating a counterfeiting ring that operates in the area.
Reacher is thrown into a state prison, where he meets Paul Hubble, a former banker who is also accused of the murder. Hubble confesses to Reacher that he was involved in the counterfeiting scheme, which is run by the Kliner family, a ruthless clan of criminals who have corrupted the town's authorities and businesses. Reacher and Hubble manage to escape from the prison with the help of Finlay, a honest detective who believes in Reacher's innocence, and Roscoe, a female officer who develops a romantic interest in Reacher.
Together, they uncover the secrets behind the Kliner's operation, which involves collecting used one-dollar bills and bleaching them to make fake hundred-dollar bills. They also discover that Reacher's brother was close to cracking the case, and that his death was not a coincidence.