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Running Blind

A book by Lee Child

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Good Action but Too Far Fetched

  • Mar 31, 2009
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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Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
Lee Child got to love his characters.
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From Publishers Weekly
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' ...
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ISBN-10: 0515130974
ISBN-13: 978-0515130973
Author: Lee Child
Publisher: Jove (July 3, 2001)

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