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Running Blind (Jack Reacher #4)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  34,001 ratings  ·  1,497 reviews
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.
ebook, 512 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Jove Books (first published April 20th 2000)
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Ian Mapp
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Jane Stewart
2 ½ stars. Long, drawn out process investigating murders. Not enough action. The ending was frustrating.

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 whic
"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
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
After reading half a dozen or so Reacher novels in the last couple of months, a couple of things are starting to become clear. The first is that Jack Reacher really, really loves coffee. And that the fold-out toothbrush is one of the great inventions of modern civilization.

Another thing that becomes quickly apparent is that while these books are fun, popcorn reads, Lee Child has little, if any, interest in long-term continuity. I says this because I came to the end of Tripwire with Reacher inhe
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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

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
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
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
Linda Alexander
It is really difficult to find something 'new' to say about Lee Child's books because they are so terrific individually. Just completed reading 'Running Blind' and was astounded to learn whom the 'bad guy' turned out to be, and the method used to kill the women whom had left the military. As in all the Jack Reacher stories, Reacher got intimately involved with a woman (Jodie), but they both moved on and went their own ways in the end....and w/o any ill feelings of one toward the other. Reacher k ...more
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
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
Feb 26, 2012 Pat rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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.
Johnny Williams
Well Lee is "back" -- This number 4 was a good one. Lee had us running up blind alleys throughout this one and introduced some pretty complex characters as well--. I know I know... some of it was really wild and jumped to unexplained conclusions -- but remember this is a Jack Reacher book-- so we have to expect a little " have faith in me" writing--
This one you may figure out-- but you will have to admit -- he keeps you guessing -- and --were you right? and about what?
I am off to read his enxt
Bruce Snell
Mar 16, 2012 Bruce Snell rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Kathy Davie
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
I'm going to add the same review for all of the Reacher series, so if you've read this one, you've read 'em all. If you feel a certain affinity for the lone hero, a man of principle, of unwavering knowledge and assent as to his own actions, than Jack Reacher's your kinda guy.

Lee Child has created an unforgettable and unique character in his creation of Jack Reacher. Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a unique animal/human running around on this planet and that in spite of social con
This was a very enjoyable read, because Jack Reacher is an enjoyable character. Despite the fact that it was easy for me to guess the identity and method that the killer used early on in the book, I still found it exciting to turn to the next page because Lee Child knows how to tell a story and how to dole out pieces of information so that you want to shake him and say, "Yes, yes... now what? Go on!" even if you're just looking for confirmation. Still, I was surprised by some of the details, suc ...more
B.R. Stateham
Alright, I confess; I'm a no-holds-barred fan of Lee Childs main man, Jack Reacher. That big boy is one hell of a rough dude (and by the way, I don't think I'd call him 'Dude' to his face). Jack Reacher is one tough, but basically honest, revenge-machine you wouldn't want to meet---ever---if you thought you could handle yourself and was looking for some trouble to prove it. Bad career choice, that one.

In this one someone is killing, apparently, his old girl friends in a rather cold hearted, but
Summary: Strange murders of former army females has everybody, including the FBI, stumped. Of course, Reacher gets caught up in the middle and strong armed into helping solve the murders.

Random Comments:
- Jack Reacher's overall an awesome character - it's usually fun to see him tangle with bad guys and right wrongs nobody else can. That said, this book seemed to have everybody, including Reacher act more like a bully than a complicated guy with a heart wired for justice.

- The murder mystery wrap
I am a big fan of the Jack Reacher whodunits and had a really good time reading this one about a serial killer who targets retired army women who had been involved in sexual harassment cases. I must admit I had an "aha" moment about three quarters of the way through and figured out who the killer was and the method used. However, that did not detract from my enjoyment.

One thing that does bother me about Jack is that he only travels with a toothbrush and he is away for days at a time. Never a me
Dre Mosley
So once again Reacher is caught up in a situation. This time he is being forced by the FBI to work as a consultant on a case involving the bizarre murders of ex-military females, some of which he knew personally; the victims are found in their homes immersed in bathtubs full of green paint and no visible evidence.

My issue with this is that in a previous book, he more or less made allies for life with the FBI since he rescued one of their top agents, so how is it in this book, the FBI is basicall
Leon Aldrich
I continue to love this series. I may rethink my reviews and adjust upwards!
It all began with an act of vigilante justice. While breaking up a racket at a local restaurant, Reacher is caught dealing with the thugs by two FBI agents in the area. These same agents tag him as a potential suspect in a string of murders around the country, leaving Reacher to pull out all the stops to prove his innocence. In exchange for his assistance, the New York DA won't hear of Reacher's assault. After agreeing to help, after much arm twisting, the intricacies of the case reveal themselv ...more
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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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