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Running Blind

(Jack Reacher #4)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  88,708 ratings  ·  3,615 reviews
Women are being murdered nationwide by a killer who leaves no trace of evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to an apparent motive. All the victims have one thing in common: they each knew Jack Reacher.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Jove (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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Sep 14, 2016 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.”


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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Running Blind = The visitor (Jack Reacher #4), Lee Child

The Visitor is the fourth book in the Jack Reacher series, written by James D. "Jim" Grant with pen name: Lee Child. It was published in 2000. In the United States; the book was released under the title: Running Blind.

It is written in the second and third person. The prologue opens with a mystery person's point of view on knowledge, power and killing, "People say that knowledge is power. The more knowledge, the more power. Suppose you knew
Ian Mapp
Dec 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
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James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
The fourth installment in the Jack Reacher series finds our hero in New York where he's just inherited a house from an old mentor who has recently died. Reacher has also fallen madly in love with the old mentor's daughter, Jodie, who he knew as a teenager and who has blossomed into a sexy, brilliant lawyer. Jack truly loves Jodie and Jodie truly loves Jack, but he's not at all sure about this homeownership business. (Seriously, can you imagine Jack Reacher mowing the lawn every Saturday?) Jack i ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A batter steps into the box and looks out at the tall, hulking pitcher on top of the mound. He’s got the book on this guy, knows the formula. All heat, nothing but fastballs. Starts inside to back the hitter off the plate and then works the corners.

So he’s surprised when the first pitch is a loping change up, a slower pitch that comes across the outer edge of the plate for a strike. The next few pitches are all over the place – high, low, fast, slow, balls and another strike. The hitter is compl
Dec 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Popsugar Challenge 2020 - A book in a series of more than twenty books

Ugh, I really dont like it when Jack Reacher has more than a one night stand with a woman but im not going to down star it because he did kind of cheat on her so that kind of makes up for it (smiles).

As usual Jack speaks to my soul, his avoidance of commitment,  his desire to never own anything or be bogged down with stuff. My favourite nomad.

As all the books in this series so far I really love how these are crafted, the tw
Mar 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reacher and the FBI

Running Blind offers the reader an impossible puzzle, sort of like the locked-room murder puzzle. There's a serial killer out there and it's a complete puzzle how the murders are being committed. In fact, it's such a puzzle that the FBI has to bring in Jack Reacher to solve it. As long as you don't get hung up on the unlikelihood of that playing out, you'll enjoy a pretty good mystery with few clues and a lot of dead ends to bang into.

This is the fourth Reacher novel and, if l
Ok, so I read 3 of these in quick succession late last year (the first 3) and then decided to take a break. I did enjoy them and I did enjoy this one, but I don't want to get hooked in as they are not my normal genre.
As per usual Jack is larger than life and without giving anything away he is instrumental n both the crime(s) and the solving. One has to admire him despite him being so bloody perfect.
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Jun 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
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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
Jul 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I needed something easy today and this was the perfect balm for my stressed out brain.

I think I need some kind of small town conspiracy story to follow up. I need corruption and vigilante justice, backwater evil and all kinds of vice.

Hit me up with recommendations please...
Bruce Hatton
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us-crime
After recently enjoying Heather Martin’s excellent biography of Lee Child/Jim Grant, I decided to re-read one his earlier books in the Jack Reacher series. It must have been almost 20 years since I first read The Visitor, so it frequently felt like I was reading a new book. A strange sensation, considering how many memorable scenes and characters there are in it.
The novel initially finds Reacher in a very un-Reacher like situation. He has a house and a car; both inherited from his former command
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
My rating: 4/5

The novel is great as the first two. I have to read the third one but I just couldn't get it in a lower price in amazon. So I bought the fourth one which is running blind or visitor. But when I jumped into the story I found out that the third book and the fourth are connected in a way ( not by story, so no problem) But You can read the third after four. There will be no problem in it. A character is present in both the books.

Just like the first two ones the phasing of the novel is
Jul 14, 2014 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/myste
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Because I read "Black Jack" the 6th in the "Hunt for Reacher" series, I thought I'd revisit the original Reacher upon which it was based...I wasn't disappointed!!! ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, action
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
Feb 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cops-or-crime
One hundred pages too long and more holes than a colander. The identity of the killer was telegraphed about half way.
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Apr 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sandra Hoover
Another fantastic book in the series! I loved the intensity of this one! It felt more intimate than other books, leaving me with more insight into Reacher's head & character which is awesome. I burned through the pages trying to figure it all out, and am happy to say I honed in on the killer...but didn't know the "why" until it all went down. An absolute Must Read! Can't wait to start the next one.
4.5 stars
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Kathy Davie
Jul 14, 2012 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
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, overdrive
Lee Child’s Jack Reacher is one of the greatest thriller series.

A nice read with a great flow - always a great plot for a potential Reacher film.

Retired Military Police Officer Jack Reacher returns & inherits his longtime, 15 year dead friend, Commanding General Officer Leo Garber’s home. Reacher is his “surrogate” son.

At the funeral he meets Jodie Jacob, Leo’s daughter, NY lawyer, married/divorced. Reacher could not date Jodie during his 15 yr. service as she was his CO’s daughter - now Jodie &

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
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
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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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