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Lee Child , Dick Hill
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July 1 2000 Jack Reacher Series (Book 4)
People say that knowledge is power. The more knowledge, the more power. Suppose you knew the winning numbers in the lottery? What would you do? You would run to the store. You would mark the numbers on the play card. And you would win. Same for the stock market. Same for basketball or the horses or anything. Same for killing people. Women are dying. Women who have nothing in common except the fact that they once worked for the military. And they knew Jack Reacher. How and why these women are in danger completely baffles the elite FBI team working the case. There is no trace evidence. There are no links between victims. Their bodies have no fatal wounds. And the killer entered their homes and exited again like a summer breeze. Are these perfect crimes? There is only one certainty: there is a new kind of killer out there, one so calm, cautious, and careful that even the brilliant Reacher is left running blind.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jack Reacher, the wandering folk hero of Child's superb line of thrillers (Tripwire, etc.), faces a baffling puzzle in his latest adventure: who is the exceptionally crafty villain murdering women across the country, leaving the naked bodies in their bathtubs (which are filled with army camouflage green paint), escaping the scenes and leaving no trace of evidence? The corpses show no cause of death and Reacher's sole clue is that all the victims thus far were sexually harassed while serving in the military. There's got to be some sort of grand scheme behind the killings, but with no physical evidence, FBI agents bumble around until they finally question Reacher, a former military cop who handled each of the dead women's harassment cases. After Reacher convinces investigators he's innocent, theyAcuriouslyAask him to stay on as a case consultant. Reacher doesn't like the ideaAhe's too much of a lone wolfAbut he has little choice. The feds threaten him and his girlfriend, high-powered Manhattan attorney Jodie Jacob, with all sorts of legal entanglements if he doesn't help. So Reacher joins the FBI team and immediately attacks the feds' approach, which is based solely on profiling. Then he breaks out on his own, pursuing enigmatic theories and hunches that lead him to a showdown with a truly surprising killer in a tiny village outside Portland, Ore. Some of the concluding elements to Child's fourth Reacher outingAhow the killer gains access to the victims' homes, as well as the revelation of the elaborate MOAfall into place with disappointing convenience. Yet the book harbors two elements that separate it from the pack: a brain-teasing puzzle that gets put together piece by fascinating piece, and a central character with Robin Hood-like integrity and an engagingly eccentric approach to life.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The humanization of Reacher May 7 2004
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In Lee Child's "Running Blind" we find ex-MP hero Jack Reacher entrapped by the FBI. Reacher was unwittingly observed by an FBI surveillance team using strong arm tactics in thwarting an extortion attempt against a restauranteur of an Italian place that he frequented.
Reacher was reeled in on the pretext that he fit the profile of a serial killer who had eluded apprehension by the FBI. The cerebral killer had murdered a group of former female members of the Army who had filed sexual harrassmnet charges. They were all found immersed in bathtubs filled to the top with green Army camouflage paint. All victims were apparently not drowned but killed by a means so far undeciphered. There was an unprecedented lack of clues and no clear motive.
Reacher was coerced into helping the FBI investigate using some thinly veiled threats to his girlfriend Jodie Garber. Garber, a high powered New York attorney and daughter of Reacher mentor, the late General Leon Garber, was on the verge of being made a partner in her firm. Throughout the book drifter-like Reacher who inherited General Garber's house was wrestling with the feelings of being tied down. While he and Jodie were very much in love they were both unwilling to follow in each other's lifestyle.
Reacher, of course, is instrumental in ultimately solving the paradoxes behind the killings. Child in this work explores the inner workings of Reacher's psyche which gives "Running Blind" a more expansive picture into the human side of his main character.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The weakest in the Jack Reacher series. Feb. 21 2004
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Lee Child has written seven novels about Jack Reacher, a former military cop with formidable combat skills. The strength of the Reacher novels is the plotting; Child is excellent at throwing red herrings and plot reversals in to keep the reader off-guard. The results are usually effective thrillers, with plenty of action.
Running Blind fails as a thriller. All of the Reacher novels, indeed just about every thriller, have inconsistencies, coincidences, or illogical behavior by the characters. In effective thrillers, the force of the plot pushes the action at such a pace that the reader doesn't care about these problems. After all, no one readers a thriller for realism. Here, Child's plot has women who were sexually harassed being killed under bizarre circumstances, with no obvious cause of death, and without the killer leaving a trace of how the crime was committed. Enough clues are given that most readers will realize who the killer is and how the killer pulls it off half way through the book. And the means used to pull it off would not be believed in a comic book. The sheer impossibility was so great that once I realized what the answer was, I skipped to the end of the book to confirm my belief, and then gave up on it. Child painted himself in a corner with this book that he had to rely on something that might have been used in the B movies of the thirties, but is ridiculous today. I suggest skipping this book and going with the rest of the series. Certainly, any one who has not read the other Reacher books should avoid this one -- they may be so put off by the absurd ending that they will not read the others and thus miss some great thrillers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book Feb. 13 2014
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If you love the Lee Child books with Jack Reacher I would recommend this books. It comes thru in the true Jack Reacher style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet! Jan. 20 2014
By Jim R.
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This was the best Reacher book in the series so far I could hardly put it down! Don't miss it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great series Jan. 15 2014
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I've read all of his novels & anxiously awaiting his next one The whole Jack Reacher series is great, I'd recommend them all. The only problem is the movie. Jack Reacher is 6' 5" 230 lbs. Tom Cruise is 5' & maybe 150 lbs, Jack Reacher should be Dwayne Johnson instead,
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5.0 out of 5 stars reacher Jan. 2 2014
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find any reacher story from lee child and enjoy reading again. he gets you from the very beginning and you never can figure out the outcome.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reacher's my guy.... Nov. 19 2013
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I am a 74 yr old female and Lee Child has brought some excitement into my life. Running Wild is one of my favorite pf his books. Mind you, i was exhausted by the end as i usually am after reading his books. I did figure out the culprit about halfway through but figured i was mistaken because she seemed to be with the agents all the time and the fear of flying was another factor as well. Jack Reacher is such a guy's guy and in some cases a gal's guy that even if i've seen movies on the same subjects he writes about...i don't recognize them because he is so detailed in his descripions, i feel i'm right there with him, I have not read a Reaher book that i didn't like. I only have 3 books to go then i will have them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down Oct. 18 2013
By Sandy
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Suspense at every turn of the page. Reacher running on all cylinders to solve this mystery.
And, the ending is a page burner.
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