Killing Floor Lee Child – The book won the Anthony Award and Barry Award for best first novel. Additionally, it is the very first book to feature the character Jack Reacher.
Because he remembers his brother saying that a blues musician named Blind Blake died there Jack Reacher gets off a Greyhound bus in the town of Margrave, Georgia. Much to his surprise, soon after his arrival, he’s arrested in a local diner for homicide! Then he meets an area detective called Finlay, and attempts to demonstrate his innocence.
After discovering what seems to be a contact number in the dead guy’s shoe, Finlay telephones and deceives a man into telling him his name, Mr. Hubble.
They bring Hubble (as he likes to be called) into the police station for questioning and he shortly cracks and confesses to the murder, but Reacher doesn’t believe the confession. Both Reacher and Hubble are sent to the state prison, where Reacher fends off an attempt on his life which, he later finds was truly intended for Hubble.
After two days in jail Roscoe a female police officer for whom Reacher has developed an appeal, shows he is innocent and that his claim to have been nowhere near the scene of the murder is accurate and Roscoe gathers Reacher and they return to Margrave, where Reacher after learns that the murder victim is his own brother. Hubble vanishes, seemingly assassinated, and his distressed, uninformed wife wants Reacher to discover him. Chief Morrison and his wife are later found, brutally murdered, in their house. In the finale Reacher finds that Margrave, is home into a multibillion-dollar counterfeiting operation, which he and his newly formed friends set out to destroy.