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Running Blind (Jack Reacher #4)

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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 1st 2007 by Jove Books (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 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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kris
Dec 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Laci
Mar 28, 2012 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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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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Adrian
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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Jeremiah
Feb 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Stephen
Jul 03, 2013 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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Tom
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
Stuart
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/mystery
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Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 02, 2017 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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Krbo
Jan 22, 2017 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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Michael
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Abram  (Aegus)
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
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Gary
May 20, 2015 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
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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Mary
Apr 01, 2012 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
Pat
Feb 22, 2012 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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Emily Ross
I think this is possibly one of my favourite Jack Reacher novels. The plot was superb, and kept me questioning until the end. I admit that I fell into the exact same trap holes that the killer planned and I loved it! I really liked Harper, less so Lamarr and Poulton, and I loved the whodunnit style that the novel is written in. I liked Jodie less and personally didn't find her all that important to the novel. Obviously she's important to Reacher, but she was more of a secondary or tertiary chara ...more
David
Feb 01, 2009 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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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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Patrick
I share several other reviewers' submissions that "Each Reacher I read is better than the previous one." Our fun loving protagonist (hardy har har) is heavily entwined with the FBI and may I add not by his own accord.
Very early on there is turf war in NYC between two rival gangs and Reacher gets tangled up in the middle but this time he's involved by his own accord. The FBI knows this and uses it to their advantage as they are attempting to solve a very bizarre, ongoing case. As noted in the pu
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Manray9
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Vicky
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good. First Reacher book I've read and I'm ready for another one.
ElaineY
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Linda Alexander
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rob
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Running Blind the forth in the Jack Reacher series from Lee Child .
Women are turning up dead. All the women are ex military and all had been sexually assaulted by members of the army. As a result of the abuse all the women left the army and now live a reclusive life in quiet secluded areas all over the USA.
The case is being pursued by the FBI. One of the top FBI profilers creates a profile of what the likely suspect would be like. Top of the list is Jack Reacher. The FBI bring Jack in for questi
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Corey
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Another great addition to the Jack Reacher series! Very entertaining, and a big twist at the end!

Jack Reacher's journey picks up shortly after where we left him at the end of the previous book, Tripwire, in New York City. Reacher is asked for assistance from the FBI to track down a dangerous and brilliant killer, who kills him victims in a very mysterious and unusual way, by leaving them naked in their bathtub filled with Army-issue Camouflage paint. The killer leaves no trace of evidence at the
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St Fu
Nov 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The reviewer reached the last word of the book and threw it across the room. It was a large room with two windows looking out on a quiet city street. In front of the windows was a couch facing inward. It was a red antique couch, its color matching the red in the oriental rugs on the floor. There was a large oak desk in the room on which sat a flatscreen monitor. The monitor displayed a web browser open to goodreads.com, the text on the page asked "What did you think?"

The reviewer didn't know wha
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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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“I'm twenty-nine, yes really, I'm from Aspen, Colorado, I'm six feet one, yes really, I've been at Quantico two years, yes I date guys, no I dress like this just because I like it, no I'm not married, no I don't currently have a boyfriend, and no I don't want to have dinner with you tonight.” 9 likes
“the open! So go for it! Jump on it! Just gobble it right up! “I don’t know,” he said. “We need to talk about it,” she said. But there was no more talking to be done, not then, because the buzzer from the lobby started up an insistent squawk, like somebody was down there on the street leaning on the button. Jodie stood” 2 likes
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