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Running Blind (Jack Reacher, No. 4)
by Lee Child

Published: 2007-08-28
Mass Market Paperback : 560 pages
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Jack Reacher races to solve the perfect crime in the fourth novel in Lee Child’s New York Times bestselling series.
 
Across the country, women are being murdered, victims of a disciplined and clever killer who leaves no trace evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no ...
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Introduction

Jack Reacher races to solve the perfect crime in the fourth novel in Lee Child’s New York Times bestselling series.
 
Across the country, women are being murdered, victims of a disciplined and clever killer who leaves no trace evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to an apparent motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, there’s only one thing that links the victims. Each one of the women knew Jack Reacher—and it’s got him running blind.

Editorial Review

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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Could this really happen?
by lizblair (see profile) 08/28/14

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Book Club Recommendations

Be sure you read Tripwire first
by lizblair (see profile) 08/28/14
Although the Jack Reacher novels do not to read in order, some should be read before others

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  "Running Blind is another good one!"by lizblair (see profile) 08/28/14

I guessed the who but not the how! Good ol' Jack Reacher makes me smile! But there was a loose end to the story with Harper, but don't let that stop you from reading and really liking this book!

 
  "Running Blind"by debmcvmom (see profile) 06/24/10

A well-written mystery with interesting characters and a surprising solution.

 
  "Kept me guessing"by vrtikapa (see profile) 06/23/10

Murder mystery -- didn't guess who the killer was, but did know the "how."

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