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Running Blind (Jack Reacher #4)

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5 Compact Discs / 6 hours

Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.

Audio CD, Abridged, 6 pages
Published December 28th 2006 by Brilliance Audio (first published July 14th 2000)
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Steven Heinzl I found it particularly good, it had me guessing all the way through and it was a fast pace story-line, I just couldn't put it down. As always Reacher…moreI found it particularly good, it had me guessing all the way through and it was a fast pace story-line, I just couldn't put it down. As always Reacher was as impressive as always with his acute detective skills and as ruthless as ever.(less)
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Alp
Sep 14, 2016 Alp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“But you are kind of arrogant, you know?” she said. “Prosecutor, judge, jury, executioner, all in one? What about the rules?”
He smiled.
“Those are the rules,” he said. “People mess with me, they find that out pretty damn quick.”



FIVE SOLID STARS, YES!!!

Once again, Lee Child has delivered another winner with this smashing mystery/suspense/thriller story. Normally I’m a bit leery about picking up a book that is over 500 pages long. I would say most of the novels I’ve read are between 250 and 350 p
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Ian Mapp
Dec 29, 2008 Ian Mapp rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kris
Dec 30, 2012 Kris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jane Stewart
2 stars. Long, drawn out process investigating murders. Not enough action. The ending was frustrating.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
The story starts off in an exciting way with thugs demanding payoffs from a new restaurant owner. Reacher likes the restaurant and takes action. That was fun. But after that there was very little action, not enough. It was a long, drawn out process trying to solve the murders, but no one figured anything out until the very end. I’m reminded of the Michael Connelly books which
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Laci
Mar 28, 2012 Laci rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
**SPOILERS BE HERE!**
Oh, where to begin? First, I'm now convinced Child is paid per word--nothing else excuses the descriptions: "He did this, and this other thing, and this other thing, and then this other thing. She felt one way, and another way, and another way that's actually the same thing as the first two ways, but phrased a little differently. He went into the bedroom, and he saw a bedspread, a lamp, a bedside table, a window, a cat, a rug." Come on.

But really, I have no problem generally
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Stephen
Jul 03, 2013 Stephen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A Reacher novel is kinda' like pizza: Even when it's not great, it's still usually pretty good. HOWEVER, have you ever had one of those pizzas that was so bad that you cannot help but to tell others to avoid that particular pizzeria? That's what Running Blind was like. Avoid it at all costs!

Seriously, THIS IS THE ONE TO AVOID IN THE SERIES! It's OMG stupid! If I told the heart of the mystery you wouldn't believe it, thinking it's the plot from some 3rd-rate Karloff movie from the 1930s, but once
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Krbo
Jan 22, 2017 Krbo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
sasvim solidan Reacher

Neke navedene "jedinice" drugih recenzenata nikako ne stoje, ovo je četvrta Jackova knjiga - nastavak prošle što se tiče njegove socijalizacije (cura, stalno prebivalište...) s dobrim rješenjima (znajući kako postoji još hrpa "lutalica" knjiga), OK twistovi, ma baš sasvim solidno.

Kad se čita "bezmozgovna" literatura treba biti i svjestan toga te se osloboditi nekih većih očekivanja i samo se opustiti.

Sinoć sam gledao zadnji "Tomojle Krstaš" film - puno, puno slabije od knji
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Stuart
Jul 14, 2014 Stuart rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"I am the one and only..." - Chesney Hawkes

"Vodka helped create some of the greatest fiction we've ever read" - some quote by someone, somewhere, after a bottle.

To give Lee Childs his due, he is excellent writer of popcorn fiction - you know, the tough-guy-with-his-own-rules character. I'm a big fan of Jack Reacher and his on goings. The Visitor is slightly different to the other three Reacher novels in the sense Jack isn't smashing people's faces up so much, it's more a direct murder/mystery
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Tom
Jun 02, 2010 Tom rated it did not like it
I'm afraid I'm going to have give Jack reacher a rest for a while. This book was ridiculous. I had this thing figured out very early on and was dreading being right. You will not be impressed by the method of murder. It is a huge stretch to think that this could be remotely possible. Plus, the investigators are morons! Lee Child makes the FBI no more tha stupid thugs that can't get anything done without resorting to threats of everything from framing someone from murder to actually having them, ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 02, 2017 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, thriller
I always "feel" that I should like the Jack Reacher books better. I mean these are very popular books...everyone seems to love them...Tom Cruise even agreed to play Jack in the film. Must be great, right?

Still, mostly I like these. I can go a good solid 4 stars here. As the books go along there always seems to be (to me anyway) times where Jack just doesn't make a lot of sense within his own story/plot/personality. I mean (I say that a lot don't I?) I get the "freedom" of being a rootless drifte
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Michael
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Richard
7/10

Bubblegum fiction at its best I suppose. Writing a review of a book like this a week after reading it is not a wise idea as I don’t really recall all the events. What I do recall is that I enjoyed the overall plot more than the last one. A mysterious character going around killing ex-army people which leads the FBI to think it is Jack Reacher for him to then pick up the case to try and solve it (which of course he does). The characters are the same as in the other books, the writing is the s
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Jeremiah
Feb 06, 2013 Jeremiah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Pat
Feb 22, 2012 Pat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
My fourth Jack Reacher and very nearly my last. I've enjoyed the three previous books and was expecting to enjoy this one. But I didn't.

I would have abandoned this in disgust by half way if it were not for my sheer determination to finish it - just in case the author redeemed himself. But he didn't.

I really wanted this to be good - I like Jack Reacher books - or at least I have until this one. There was nothing in the previous books to suggest that I would tire of the main character or the stor
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Mary
Apr 01, 2012 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book bothered me in many ways. It was hard to tell if this took place a year and half after Tripwire or a mere few months (Tripwire took place in early June and this took place in mid-fall). So it was hard to tell if Reacher was with Jodi Garber for a year + or a few months. What bothered me the most was that in Tripwire Jodi had no problem with Reacher's ways especially when it came to taking a bullet for her. But suddenly his need to get involved and help people his way really bothers her ...more
David
Feb 01, 2009 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
Okay, I'm reading these out of order, I can see... I was greatly impressed with this mystery novel and Jake Reacher is a very interesting enigma, one that never gets fully fleshed out (at least in this novel)

Reacher is a former Army MP (a major) who is brought in by the F.B.I. because someone is murdering women from his past. The Bureau quickly blackmails Reacher into helping them with their investigation before the seriel killer can strike again.

I think the most impressive thing about this no
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Gary
May 20, 2015 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars all round reacher has been given a hard case to crack but the best thing about reacher he thinks and he thinks hard but this time it's the FBI can he out smart them all read it and find out
James
Stupid, stupid, stupid. Such an annoying ending. What seemed like such a difficult problem - how (and why) do you kill a series of women, all ex-army, without leaving any traces or any signs of a struggle. In fact, they almost seem to have been complicit. The how (and who) was telegraphed fairly early and I hoped - so hard - that it was going to be red herring. That somehow, Lee Child was going to surprise us and come up with a fiendish technique that catch me unawares before the end of the book ...more
Ben Jackson
I really like the Jack Reacher books. They are usually smart, fun, interesting, and the character is just so damn badass, that they make for great popcorn.

Unfortunately, this one just is pretty bad. Better than the bad books of most other writers, this one still falls short on most marks.

Given, it is fun to see Reacher beat up on bad dudes, which he does with aplomb. However, the bad guys here are so predictable that the big surprise ending is evident from the character's initial introduction.
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Linda Alexander
Dec 18, 2012 Linda Alexander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jim
To be honest I was looking forward to finishing this book and moving on to my next book. I have read most of the books in this series and came back to the fourth book in the series because it was the first time I had the opportunity to read this one. This novel is a departure from most of the Jack Reacher novels I have read. It follows Tripwire and Reacher now owns a house and car. There is also his involvement / relationship with the FBI in several murders that are apparently the work of a seri ...more
ElaineY
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 21, 2016
Narrator: Dick Hill


I've tried the first three books, DNF book 2 and 3, didn't like the first. This one surprised me by how much I was enjoying it and for that I could give it 5 stars. I won't because I found the portrayal of the FBI a little unbelievable. Of course I may be wrong and the FBI - routinely or not - threatens American citizens if they do not cooperate but at this point in my life the FBI have been good guys.

I liked that this was more of a murder
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Kathy Davie
Jul 14, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Fourth in the Jack Reacher suspense series revolving around Reacher, a big man with nothing to prove and a heart of gold.


My Take
Hoo, boy, Jack is between a rock and a harder place. And with a little help from Child, Jack pulls the wool over their eyes and exposes the true killer. Somehow, I knew who it was, but I just couldn't figure it out. Not until the end when the truth had to be spoon fed me! Looking back, all the clues were there. I was just too busy racing through the pages to find out wh
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David
Aug 25, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Women are being murdered in some bizarre ritual. They are all connected in that they worked and resigned from the US Army. Other than that, the motive is unclear. The murders are ritualistic, with each victim being found in their home, naked, in a bathtub of army camouflage paint. The murder sites are free from evidence and the cause of death is not evident. With little to go on, the FBI suspects that the murderer must be an army man who has a link to these women in the past. A man who can kill, ...more
Bruce Snell
Mar 13, 2012 Bruce Snell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Book four in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. In this book Jack is hijacked by the FBI and coerced/forced to help them solve a series of murders. Ex-Army women are being murdered in a most bizarre manner - the killer leaves no clues, the cause of death is impossible to discern, and the victims are discovered submerged in paint in their bathtubs. As depicted in this book, the FBI are a bunch of scumbag thugs and Reacher should have f*ucked up a bunch of them well before the end of the story. ...more
Scott Rhee
A bit of a departure for Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, but not in a bad way. Child pulls back the reins in "Running Blind", with less shoot-'em-up action and more traditional murder mystery deduction, proving that Reacher can be just as much brain as he can braun. In this one, the fourth Reacher novel, Reacher is picked up by the FBI as a "person of interest" in a serial murder case. Someone is killing women across the country in a bizarre way, and Reacher happens to be the main connection: h ...more
Wesley
Nov 01, 2011 Wesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You could absolutely have not read one Jack Reacher novel and completely enjoy this book. I can't go into details not one, I will give it away, it will be a chink in this story that will reveal something way to soon. This absolutely took me until the end. You are so whirl-winded after that the personal story that developed is bittersweet as well. You kind of get punched in 2 different directions. I wouldn't suggest this as a starting point though in the series of books, you need to have the othe ...more
Sam
Jul 21, 2016 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this, but felt like the book was basically all filler. There wasn't much going on with the story, a lot of going over the same facts & details and little things to help flesh out the story that went nowhere.
I think I had a feeling in the back of my mind about how the killer was murdering the women but I had a huge shock when the killer was revealed.
I'll keep listening to these on Audio because they're easy and quick, but I won't be expecting much story wise.
Alexandra
Nov 25, 2015 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
Couldn't guess who the villain of the piece was till the end and a very unusual and intriguing method of murder :)
Rex Fuller
Aug 31, 2012 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have read them all and can't separate any of them in my mind any more - because I liked Reacher so much I just read straight through all of them. They are all great.
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Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a pr ...more
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