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Running blind (edition 2000)

by Lee Child (Author)

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Title:Running blind
Authors:Lee Child (Author)
Info:New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2000. eBook.
Collections:Your library, eBooks
Rating:****
Tags:20th century, action, adventure, blackmail, crime, death, detective, ebook, FBI, fiction, lawyer, love, military, murder, mystery, New York city, novel, private investigator, published 2000, Quantico, serial killer, series, suspense, thriller, UK author, USA, Virginia

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Jack is taken into custody by the FBI after several women are murdered, all with a connection not just to the army, but also to Jack Reacher.
All of them had filed sexual harassment charges against a superior, won their case and left the army. Jack had been the investigating officer in each case.
The FBI had Jack under 24 hour surveillance when the third murder was committed so they know it’s not him, but he fits the profile. So they ask him to help, he’s reluctant, they use blackmail/ threats, until Jack agrees to co-operate.
The book is longer than it should be with too much description of no real benefit to the story.
When Jack explained the whole thing, it was implausible with gaping holes.
I found this a tedious and wearing book. Fortunately Lee Child has written more and better books since.
Best I could do for this is two stars. ( )
  jwals | Jul 7, 2014 |
When you haven't read a Jack Reacher in a long time, you realise what an enigma he is, and I felt I understood him more
Cracking read, a page turner if ever there was one, and a twist at the end.
Mustn't leave it so long, next time. ( )
  gogglemiss | Oct 5, 2013 |
Why this was also published as The Visitor is beyond me. Jack has been targeted by the FBI's behavioral science unit – I love several of Jack's comments regarding this speculative agency and its worth, its best profiler has a degree in andscape gardening -- as being a likely serial killer. It seems severeal women from his past have been murdered. All of them had filed sexual harassment charges against a superior and Jack had been an investigating office while in the army. Using his investigative skills and knowledge of the army, Jack establishes his alibi, and then reluctantly agrees to help investigate the murders.

The killer is supremely clever. All the victims are found in their bathtubs, naked, and completely submerged in army camouflage paint. They didn't drown, weren't stabbed or shot, and bore no marks or bruises There is no forensic evidence to determine how the women were killed and the only link seems to be that they are ex-army and had filed sexual harassment charges against a superior officer. This is a very good who-done-it that focuses on physical evidence and hard investigative work to determine the identity of the killer.

The ex-9/11 FBI of this book is not that of Efram Zimbalist, Jr. They will stop at nothing, blackmail, threats of torture, illegal activities, and just plain stupid stuff to get their way. I hope the author doesn't know something we don't know, although clearly Ashcroft would love this amoral, the-ends-justfies-the-means agency. Reacher is fleshed out much more as a viable character, a good investigator who has no time for silly psychological profiling (remember how wrong the FBI profiles were of the sniper in Maryland.) ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
I always like the Jack Reacher stories and this one was no exception. A nice romantic interest for Jack. ( )
  bcrowl399 | Apr 25, 2013 |
Someone's murdering sexual harassment victims, and FBI profiler Julia Lamarr stands by her conviction - Reacher fits the profile. Except he knows he didn't do it. So does the FBI, but unless he works fast they're going to hang the mess on him. And if he doesn't help, they'll turn his girlfriend's name over to a vicious thug. Good thing Reacher's no stranger to rocks and hard places. Home ownership, now... that's a different story.

Suspected the who, but not the how. And poor Reacher and that house.... lol! ( )
  SunnySD | Apr 1, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0515143502, Mass Market Paperback)

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, who's starred in three previous Lee Child thrillers (Tripwire, Die Trying, Killing Floor), 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. This compelling, iconic antihero dead-ends in a lot of alleys before he finally figures it out, but every one is worth exploring and the suspense doesn't let up for a second. The ending will come as a complete surprise to even the most careful reader, and as Reacher strides off into the sunset, you'll wonder what's in store for him in his next adventure. --Jane Adams

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Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cook have a lot in common. High-flying army career women, both are victims of sexual harassment from their superiors; both are forced to resign from the service. And now they're both dead. Their unmarked bodies are discovered in their own homes, naked, in baths filled with army-issue camouflage paint. Expert FBI psychological profilers start to hunt for a serial murderer, a smart guy with a score to settle, a loner, an army man, a ruthless vigilante known to them both. Jack Reacher, a former US military cop, is a smart guy, a loner and a drifter, as tough as they come. He knew both victims. For Agent-in-Charge Nelson Blake and his team he's the perfect match. They're sure only Reacher has the answers to their burning questions: how did these women die? And why?… (more)

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