Welcome to Week 3 of the Online Book Club discussion of Killing Floor by Lee Child.
I did not enjoy the way this section started. The murder of Chief Morrison and his wife was incredibly violent and gruesome, and I did not enjoy reading about it. Were you able to read about his murder scene, or did you skim over all of the details?
After Chief Morrison is murdered, the town has to decide who the new chief is going to be. It seems like it should be someone who is already in the police department, but no, the new chief is going to be the mayor, Teale. That's suspicious, right? Why would he want to be the mayor and the chief of police? Is he hiding something?
What do you think is really going on with Hubble? Reacher is convinced he's dead, but no one else seems convinced. Charlie, his wife, wants to hire Jack to investigate. Weren't you relieved when Charlie and her kids were moved to a safe house? I hope they are able to stay safe and out of the clutches of the evil people in the town.
Roscoe's house was broken into, and it seems like the killers were hoping to kill Roscoe and Jack in the same manner they murdered the chief and his wife. Do you think Jack could have kept them safe if they had been home when the attackers came? He's an incredible fighter, but I don't know if he could have fought off four attackers in the middle of the night.
We realize, throughout this section, that there's something going on with counterfeit money. Jack's brother was investigating a special project with the Treasury Department and was looking into international counterfeiting. What do you think is really going on? Molly Beth Gordon reassures Jack several times that there isn't printing of fake money in the United States anymore because John Reacher took control of all of the sales of the ink and paper needed to do the printing. So, then, what kind of operation could be going on? We find out that Hubble was laid off from his bank job over a year ago, but when he worked at the bank, he was responsible for tracking down cash. How is he using those skills and expertise to help with the illegal activity that's going on in the town? We realize, by the end of the section, that the Kliner Foundation is a hoax, and there has to be some sort of money moving happening, but I really don't understand exactly what's going on. Do you think you understand all of the illegal activity going on in the town?
It was really sad when Molly Beth Gordon was killed in the airport. It seemed like her death would stop the investigation, but Jack was able to keep going by using the computer print out in his brother's shoe. And, they used the files from the former police chief, who now, appears to not have killed himself and was instead murdered. How are all of the details going to come together?
At the end of this section, Roscoe goes with Picard to the safe house. And, Jack is ready to finish up this case. Do you think he'll be able to solve the case before anyone else gets killed? Do you think Jack is ever going to have to face any consequences for the killing he's been doing? Again, it's really weird to read a book in which the protagonist is willingly killing people.
Check out the video below if you want to learn more about the actors who play Roscoe and Jack Reacher in the series adaptation on Amazon Prime!
I hope you're excited to finish the book for next week! I can't wait to hear from you in the comments!