Running Blind by Lee Child
(# 4in the Jack Reacher series)
Format: Kindle Format/Audible Audiobook
Read: July 2012
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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.
Jack Reacher is back and this time he has some ‘splaining to do! Running Blind by Lee Child opens up with some Jack Reacher brand justice. Lesson here: do not mess with the proprietors of the restaurants that Jack eats at. He doesn’t like it. Right after helping out the restaurant owner, Jack’s picked up by FBI. Apparently someone has been cavorting around the country killing off women; women that have all been connected to Jack and his MP days.
Jack has landed himself right into the FBI’s hands. They picked up the two guys Jack put in the hospital. Their offer to Jack? go to prison or help them solve the case. Hopefully, they can crack the case before anyone else dies.
Lee Child delivers another great suspense novel in Running Blind. This is the fourth book in the Jack Reacher series and as the reader, you’re pretty much going to be on Jacks’ side not matter what. Even though the FBI had sound reasoning, I found myself thoroughly annoyed with them and their bully tactics. As far as the mystery I was fairly certain who the bad guy was. What kept me engaged was “How?”. A good suspense writer can keep you rapt, even if you’ve nabbed the culprit, by withholding the how. I cannot recommend the Jack Reacher series enough.
I listened to this book partially on audio book through Audible. It was pretty good. There was one male narrator and he did a great job with the voices of the cast. No matter what format you chose the book is enjoyable.
Series Reading Order
1. Killing Floor
2. Die Trying
4. Running Blind
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