Running Blind

Running Blind

Book - 2013 | Berkley trade paperback
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Jack Reacher races to find an elusive killer responsible for the deaths of a number of women, who have nothing in common but the fact that they once worked for the military and had known Jack.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2013, c2000
Edition: Berkley trade paperback
ISBN: 9780425264409
0425264408
Characteristics: 486 pages ; 21 cm

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kblaschuk
Oct 22, 2019

Engaging and impossible to put down though I was disappointed in the ending having guessed it myself but thinking, "no way". Won't stop me from reading the rest of the series though with bells on!

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ScorchingSun
Sep 11, 2019

Reacher is in his usual supercilious smart guy sparring with knucklehead authority figures mode. Only his leading lady du jour can keep up with his innate detective skills.
Still an interesting read but I think most people can guess how the killer controls the victims.

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DavidCarr
Jul 22, 2019

Book #12 (AKA The Visitor) chronologically, after Tripwire (1999) and before Echo Burning (2001): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Reacher_(book_series)#In-story_chronology
Another great story, although this one even more improbable than the rest.

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Bookworm1562
Feb 04, 2018

I found it interesting to read Child's "Running Blind" after just finishing "Mindhunter" again by John Douglas, the former founder and head of the FBI's Behavioral Science Profiling Unit. Anyone who works in law enforcement knows the FBI thinks very highly of themselves. As Child points out, basically all government, state and local agencies do. But I think the FBI must really have gotten on the wrong side of Lee Child for him to be so critical of the Profiling Unit. I am guessing Child wanted an interview or some time within the unit and was turned away. I enjoyed the tweaking.

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paul12_2
Aug 28, 2017

enjoy the series

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kcv523
Aug 01, 2017

It was meh. My least favorite Jack Reacher book I've read so far. Agree with all other comments about it being a bit far fetched.

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7626dee
Nov 02, 2016

A masterpiece of misdirection indeed. One of his less plausible scenarios.

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RedLeaf
Jan 06, 2016

While enjoying the usual interesting narrative and Jack Reacher's character the murder of the women was really strange and puzzling. When all is revealed, my realization of why I couldn't understand the victims actions was because the answer was unbelievable which violates the general trust between the mystery writer and the reader about clues.

LRS1969 Nov 04, 2015

I have yet to meet a Jack Reacher novel that I didn't love. (Heck, I even enjoyed the Jack Reacher movie - despite the horrible casting of Tom Cruise as Jack... a major part of Jack's persona is his SIZE!)

I have read the main series twice now (currently on third round) and realized that I had never Reviewed these, so determined to do so during this reading of the series.

I find an interesting element in my readings that I seem to subconsciously have minor (usually minor) technical type errors pop out at me. I am amazed that the author (who clearly does a lot of research) does as good a job as he does in this subject when he was never in the military much less the U. S. Army or the MPs.

(I think that was because I had experience in both the military and law enforcement, so those things popped out at me - other things were just in other areas of personal interest)

In my very first reading I was able to pick up the clues to where I knew WHO the true suspect was and the WHY (motive) before the halfway point. Well before the 3/4 point I had figured out most of the HOW.

In any case, I would highly recommend the reading of this book (and also primarily in the series order... some books in the series can be good "stand alone" ones, but not as well as in the series setting - very much like the Richard Sharpe series).

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JackPurcell
Apr 17, 2015

Wnen I first read this a few years ago it was among those that hooked me on Jack Reacher novels. Reading it again now I'm forced to wonder why. At the time [first time] it didn't seem so far fetched and contrived, and of course the corruption in the law enforcement community, the incorrigible ignoring of procedure, law, Constitutional rights by the FBI, is appealing because I completely believe it's understated in Lee Child's books. Okay read, but not particularly so except compared to the pot boilers he's turning out more recently. Those really are lousier.

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jimg2000
Jul 11, 2014

Opening that sets the table and draws my attention henceforth:

PEOPLE SAY THAT knowledge is power. The more knowledge, the more power. Suppose you knew the winning numbers for the lottery? All of them? Not guessed them, not dreamed them, but really knew them? What would you do? You would run to the store. You would mark those numbers on the play card. And you would win.

Same for the stock market...
Same for basketball, same for the horses...
Oscars, same for the Nobel prize, same for the first snowfall of winter. Same for anything. Same for killing people.

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