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Running blind by Lee Child

Running blind (original 2000; edition 2000)

by Lee Child

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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
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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Running Blind by Lee Child (2000)

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Jack Reacher is a loner, fair minded and a former military police investigator that generally plays by his own rules. When the FBI coerce him into helping them find a serial killer who is targeting women who used to be in the Army, Jack reluctantly goes along. He uses his smarts, sarcasm and a few favors to figure out what's going on.

The story was far-fetched but was easy to read, fast paced, entertaining and contained a few surprises along the way. ( )
  gaylebutz | Nov 10, 2015 |
Another good Jack Reacher novel.

Here, Jack is initially accused of killing a couple of woman he'd been associated with in the Army. These women had been raped or harassed prior to leaving the service. The FBI's lead serial killer profiler thinks Jack's the perfect model for the killer--he's a loner, strong, smart, and knew the women. The problem is there's no evidence--at all--at the crime scenes. No fibers, no skin cells, no hair; the women haven't obviously been hit or otherwise hurt. They've been found in tubs full of water and Army green paint.

Once the FBI figures Jack's not the culprit, they blackmail him into helping them.

One of the things I most like about the Jack Reacher books I've read so far is the lack of technology Jack uses to solve the mystery. He uses observation, logic, and intuition. It's a nice respite from authors who fall back on the character who can hack into any system and get important clues.

I did figure out pretty early on "who done it," but was still intrigued as to why and how. I thought most of the ending was pretty satisfactory, but there were still a few questions I had about it. ( )
  Jarratt | Nov 10, 2015 |
Love Jack Reacher! ( )
  debralu | Nov 2, 2015 |
A fun story, but nothing incredible for me. I enjoy this series as an audio book because it is easy to follow along through audio. ( )
  csweder | Jul 7, 2015 |
Typical reacher. Obvious who done it though. Red herrings were good however ( )
  dham340 | May 10, 2015 |
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Running Blind (USA) is a.k.a. The Visitor in the UK and Australia.
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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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