Running Blind

Running Blind

Book - 2011
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Jack Reacher is back, dragged into what looks like a series of grisly serial murders by a team of FBI profilers who aren't totally sure he's not the killer they're looking for, but believe that even if he isn't, he's smart enough to help them find the real killer. And what they've got on the ex-MP, is enough to ensure his grudging cooperation: phony charges stemming from Reacher's inadvertent involvement in a protection shakedown and the threat of harm to the woman he loves. The killer's victims have only one thing in common--all of them brought sexual harassment charges against their military superiors and all resigned from the army after winning their cases. The manner, if not the cause, of their deaths is gruesomely the same: they died in their own bathtubs, covered in gallons of camouflage paint, but they didn't drown and they weren't shot, strangled, poisoned, or attacked. Even the FBI forensic specialists can't figure out why they seem to have gone willingly to their mysterious deaths. Reacher isn't sure whether the killings are an elaborate cover-up for corruption involving stolen military hardware or the work of a maniac who's smart enough to leave absolutely no clues behind.

Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2011
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410429407
Branch Call Number: Lg Print Fiction Chi
Characteristics: 675 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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Feb 04, 2018

I found it interesting to read Child's "Running Blind" after just finishing "Mindhunter" again by John Douglas, the former founder and head of the FBI's Behavioral Science Profiling Unit. Anyone who works in law enforcement knows the FBI thinks very highly of themselves. As Child points out, basically all government, state and local agencies do. But I think the FBI must really have gotten on the wrong side of Lee Child for him to be so critical of the Profiling Unit. I am guessing Child wanted an interview or some time within the unit and was turned away. I enjoyed the tweaking.

Aug 28, 2017

enjoy the series

Aug 01, 2017

It was meh. My least favorite Jack Reacher book I've read so far. Agree with all other comments about it being a bit far fetched.

Nov 02, 2016

A masterpiece of misdirection indeed. One of his less plausible scenarios.

Jan 06, 2016

While enjoying the usual interesting narrative and Jack Reacher's character the murder of the women was really strange and puzzling. When all is revealed, my realization of why I couldn't understand the victims actions was because the answer was unbelievable which violates the general trust between the mystery writer and the reader about clues.

LRS1969 Nov 04, 2015

I have yet to meet a Jack Reacher novel that I didn't love. (Heck, I even enjoyed the Jack Reacher movie - despite the horrible casting of Tom Cruise as Jack... a major part of Jack's persona is his SIZE!)

I have read the main series twice now (currently on third round) and realized that I had never Reviewed these, so determined to do so during this reading of the series.

I find an interesting element in my readings that I seem to subconsciously have minor (usually minor) technical type errors pop out at me. I am amazed that the author (who clearly does a lot of research) does as good a job as he does in this subject when he was never in the military much less the U. S. Army or the MPs.

(I think that was because I had experience in both the military and law enforcement, so those things popped out at me - other things were just in other areas of personal interest)

In my very first reading I was able to pick up the clues to where I knew WHO the true suspect was and the WHY (motive) before the halfway point. Well before the 3/4 point I had figured out most of the HOW.

In any case, I would highly recommend the reading of this book (and also primarily in the series order... some books in the series can be good "stand alone" ones, but not as well as in the series setting - very much like the Richard Sharpe series).

Apr 17, 2015

Wnen I first read this a few years ago it was among those that hooked me on Jack Reacher novels. Reading it again now I'm forced to wonder why. At the time [first time] it didn't seem so far fetched and contrived, and of course the corruption in the law enforcement community, the incorrigible ignoring of procedure, law, Constitutional rights by the FBI, is appealing because I completely believe it's understated in Lee Child's books. Okay read, but not particularly so except compared to the pot boilers he's turning out more recently. Those really are lousier.

Oct 20, 2014

Ending was a bit contrived. Murder method is hard to believe.

Oct 03, 2014

Of the four Jack Reacher novels I've read so far, this was my least favorite. I figured out the who-done-it quite early, and it seemed a bit far-fetched.

Oct 01, 2013

Lee Child's fourth book in his Jack Reacher series. I enjoyed the book, had the "who" and "how" figured out halfway through though.

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Jul 11, 2014

Opening that sets the table and draws my attention henceforth:

PEOPLE SAY THAT knowledge is power. The more knowledge, the more power. Suppose you knew the winning numbers for the lottery? All of them? Not guessed them, not dreamed them, but really knew them? What would you do? You would run to the store. You would mark those numbers on the play card. And you would win.

Same for the stock market...
Same for basketball, same for the horses...
Oscars, same for the Nobel prize, same for the first snowfall of winter. Same for anything. Same for killing people.


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