My husband, Jim, tore through all of Lee Child's books in a couple weeks, and then asked for more books with a character similar to Jack Reacher.
After reading Killing Floor, the debut novel, I told Jim I could just bring him westerns. Killing Floor is just a western written under the guise of a mystery - stranger rides into town, woos woman, cleans up town, leaves woman and rides out of town. I loved the story, and Jack Reacher.
Reacher, a former military policeman, reached a small Georgia town by bus, and, while eating breakfast, was picked up for a murder that occurred before he arrived. Once he convinced two police officers he couldn't have committed the crime, he discovered a personal reason to stick around and find the killers. He gathered a few allies, and set out to investigate.
Jim said the first two books show Child developing as an author, and by the third book, he's come into his own. If I didn't have other commitments, I'd be racing through the series just as he did. Reacher is an intriguing character, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the books.
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Killing Floor by Lee Child. Jove Books, c1997. ISBN 0515123447 (paperback) 419p.