Killing Floor by Lee Child. Putnam, 1997. The first in Child’s uber-popular ex-military cop Jack Reacher was a typical offering of the late 90’s. Construction was quarter cloth and paper boards, with the front board embossed from the top edge with the narrow chevron pictured on the title page. Not particularly well built, pristine copies are hard to come by these days and command a premium.

There was a time when remaindered copies of Killing Floor were to be found quite easily, and second hand copies were cheap. That went on until about the mid 2000’s, circa 2005, when prices began to climb. Child is fun in person and free with his signature, nevertheless, signed copies of Killing Floor command a great premium.