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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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good story ( )
  afarrington | Sep 1, 2014 |
Substance: Fast-moving mystery, imaginative murderer, reasonably satisfactory conclusion. Either you like Jack Reacher or you don't. One obligatory sex scene that even the author didn't care much about. FBI agents were more irrational than one would expect, to fit the plot, but their ruthlessness is probably accurate.
Style: Guy-stuff, way too much minute-by-minute detail, like a tv script transcribed.
Four hours, read straight through, because if I put these things down I forget what's going on. ( )
  librisissimo | Aug 28, 2014 |
Seriously, it took me almost two years to read this book. Mainly because I've been too busy with the equivalent of two jobs to be able to read very much, but it just really wasn't as good to me as the first couple. Jack Reacher just should not have a girlfriend which, I suppose, was the point of the book since the focus was on how he didn't handle being tied down very well. But the character and books work better when he's footloose and fance free. ( )
  AliceAnna | Aug 17, 2014 |
Reacher is being accused by the FBI of killing women whom he has had dealings with in the past because he fits the profile of the killer. His girlfriend is a lawyer, but not a criminal lawyer. They actually know he is innocent, but they need his help, so they use a vigilante action they recorded to blackmail him into helping them find the murderer. It turns out that the murderer is one of their own, a clever female agent who has found a way to camouflage murdering her own sister by creating the characteristics of a serial killer, embedding her sister’s murder in amojng several others. The FBI can’t stand that it turned out to be one of their own and tries to set up Reacher as the killer, but he has one on them, so it ends up being a stand-off – let me go and I won’t expose your incompetence and cover-up. Then his girlfriend makes partner in her law firm, takes a job in London for two years, so Reacher is back to being a wanderer again. ( )
  MargaretYatsevitch | Aug 8, 2014 |
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 |
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Running Blind (USA) is a.k.a. The Visitor in the UK and Australia.
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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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