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Running Blind (Jack Reacher, No. 4)

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A book by Lee Child

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 … see full wiki

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Author: Lee Child
Publisher: Jove
1 review about Running Blind (Jack Reacher, No. 4)

Great Action but too Far Fetched

  • Jul 16, 2001
This is the fourth of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels. It's a difficult book to review for me because I thoroughly enjoy the characters, the fast paced plot, and the intrigues. As an action/mystery novel this is an outstanding book. I could barely put it down. I've really enjoyed each of Child's novels.

Here we find Reacher getting himself into trouble once again by being in the wrong place at the wrong time and winding up smack in the middle of the hunt for a serial killer. There are many plot twists and some great false foreshadowing. The end caught me completely by surprise. Child fooled me and had me going down the wrong path of who the killer really was.

The huge downturn is that the plot and set up is so farfetched and so unbelievable that it really ruined my suspension of disbelief. Granted, this sounds a little odd since most novels of this genre, including previous books in this series, have some pretty outlandish unbelievable plots. However, here Child paints an FBI that takes corruption to a level that only the most hard core conspiracy theorist could ever swallow. I think police organizations in this country,including the FBI are morally bankrupt and corrupt -- but Child goes beyond that to fantasy. What's worse is that even if the FBI is as corrupt as what they are painted to be in the novel -- the motive of the FBI officers in this case make no sense whatsoever. In short, the setup is absurd on the grounds of logic, if nothing else. He could have written a better novel had he not take such an approach.

Thus, yes I enjoyed the book -- but at the same time am irritated by it and give it poor rating.

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