Killing Floor

Lee Child

Illustrated by Oliver Barrett

Introduced by Malcolm Gladwell

Folio presents the first illustrated edition of Lee Child’s phenomenally popular thriller, Killing Floor – thanks to artist Oliver Barrett, action hero Jack Reacher has never looked more formidable.

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‘Jack Reacher is today’s James Bond, a thriller hero we can’t get enough of’

  1. Ken Follett

Jack Reacher gets off a bus and walks straight into a conspiracy of murder, money, and deception. This, the first ever illustrated edition of Lee Child’s debut novel, introduces his celebrated action hero; it is the first adventure in a series that would go on to sell over 100 million copies. Lee Child’s killer prose and relentless pace have won him legions of fans the world over, and it’s not hard to see why: once you’re onboard this juggernaut of a story, there’s no getting off. Illustrator Oliver Barrett has created a series of images that deliver every ounce of blistering action, while Malcolm Gladwell, one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, has produced a passionate new introduction exploring exactly why Jack Reacher is a cut above your average avenging outlaw.

‘Finally an edition of a Jack Reacher book as massive and impressive and handsome as Jack Reacher.’

  1. Malcolm Gladwell 

Production Details

Bound in screen-printed cloth

Set in Sabon with Bureau Grot as display

400 pages

Integrated black & white title page spread, and 7 full page colour illustrations

10˝ x 6¾˝

The first ever illustrated edition

A worldwide bestseller and adapted for the big screen twice, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher thrillers are relentlessly addictive, delivering tightly plotted rollercoasters of action and suspense. Child is one of the most popular authors on the planet, and he has won fans from every part of the literary field. Susan Hill describes him as the ‘best thriller writer on the planet’ and Ken Follet has declared his hero Reacher: ‘today’s James Bond’. With the character known for his imposing physical presence and lethal efficiency in life-or-death situations, illustrator Oliver Barrett places Reacher at the heart of most of the illustrations, the lynchpin around which the bloody action revolves.

‘The coolest continuing series character’

  1. Stephen King

Something is rotten in small town America

‘A series that stands in the front rank of modern thrillers’

  1. The Washington Post

Jack Reacher, ex-military police, is in a wandering frame of mind. The town of Margrave is an impulsive stop, a place to stretch his legs, yet within hours he has the local police shoving shotguns in his face. Someone in Margrave has chosen the wrong stranger to be the fall guy, and it won’t be long before the body count starts to rise. Because Reacher will have justice, whichever side of the law he has to be on. Just like his famous protagonist, there’s much more to Lee Child’s thrillers than can be revealed at first glance. With bare, stripped down prose that matches the calm psychology of Reacher himself, and exquisitely composed plots that peel back the layers of rural America, these are books that embrace a rugged vision of a dangerous world.

About Lee Child

Lee Child was born in 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theatre he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV’s ‘golden age’. During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect and Cracker. His first novel, Killing Floor (1997), was an instant commercial success, selling world-wide and winning both the Anthony Award and the Barry Awards for Best First Novel. Since then, Child has written twenty-four books in the Jack Reacher series and has gained an immense number of dedicated readers. He now resides in New York, England and the south of France.

About Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell was born in Hampshire, England, in 1963. Growing up in Canada he received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, and went on to pursue a career in journalism, working at The American Spectator before moving to The Washington Post in 1987. Since then, Gladwell has become an award-winning journalist, public speaker, writer and ‘Global Thinker’. He has written six hugely successful titles from The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000), to Outliers: The Story of Success (2008). His most recent book is Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know (2019). Gladwell was included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list in 2005. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996 and is host of the Revisionist History podcast.

About Oliver Barrett

Oliver Barrett is an artist and designer based in Cleveland, Ohio. After spending over a decade working for branding and marketing agencies, Barrett left the commercial world to become an independent artist. His illustrations have been commissioned by Fox, Amazon, Disney, Marvel Studios, Netflix, Nike, Wired and Vice.


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