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Running Blind
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Running Blind
Jack Reacher Series, Book 4
by Lee Child

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.


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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 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.


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    Table of Contents

    Title Page

    Copyright Page

    Dedication



    Chapter 1

    Chapter 2

    Chapter 3

    Chapter 4

    Chapter 5

    Chapter 6

    Chapter 7

    Chapter 8

    Chapter 9

    Chapter 10

    Chapter 11

    Chapter 12

    Chapter 13

    Chapter 14

    Chapter 15

    Chapter 16

    Chapter 17

    Chapter 18

    Chapter 19

    Chapter 20

    Chapter 21

    Chapter 22

    Chapter 23

    Chapter 24

    Chapter 25

    Chapter 26

    Chapter 27

    Chapter 28

    Chapter 29

    Chapter 30

    Chapter 31



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    Praise for RUNNING BLIND

    "Truly surprising . . . 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." —Publishers Weekly

    "Deeply satisfying . . . plan to stay up long past bedtime and do some serious hyperventilating toward the end."

    Kirkus Reviews

    "This fourth Reacher thriller is easily the best. The plot is a masterpiece. " —Booklist

    "With numerous plot twists and turns, Child puts Reacher through his paces brilliantly, arriving at an unusual solution. Highly recommended." —Library Journal

    "Running Blind is a great read." —St. Petersburg Times

    "Reacher is one of the more interesting suspense heroes to come along in a while." —San Antonio Express-News

    "Spectacular . . . muscular, energetic prose and pell-mell pacing."

    The Seattle Times

    "A superior series." —The Washington Post Book World

    Praise for LEE CHILD

    "Reacher is a wonderfully epic hero: tough, taciturn, yet vulnerable." —People

    "Great style and careful plotting. The violence is brutal . . . depicted with the kind of detail that builds dread and suspense."

    The New York Times

    "The author pens nightmarish images as casually as an ordinary writer would dot an 'i' or cross a 't.' "

    The Philadelphia Inquirer

    "[Child] must be channeling Dashiell Hammett . . . Reacher handles the maze of clues and the criminal unfortunates with a flair that would make Sam Spade proud." —Playboy

    "Reacher is as tough as he is resourceful." —The Denver Post

    "Child . . . gives us one of the truly memorable tough-guy heroes in recent fiction: Jack Reacher."

    —Jeffery Deaver, author of The Bone Collector

    "I love the larger-than-life hero Jack Reacher. I grew up a fan of John Wayne's and Clint Eastwood's movies, and it's great to see a man of their stature back in business." —Nevada Barr

    "Jack Reacher has presence and dimension—a man you definitely want on your side. Child has a sure touch and a strong voice. Definitely a talent to watch." —Lynn Hightower

    Praise for Lee Child's JACK REACHER NOVELS

    KILLING FLOOR

    A People Magazine "Page-Turner"
    An Anthony Award winner

    "It'll blow you away." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 3, 2000
    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, they--curiously--ask him to stay on as a case consultant. Reacher doesn't like the idea--he's too much of a lone wolf--but 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 outing--how the killer gains access to the victims' homes, as well as the revelation of the elaborate MO--fall 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.

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