Running Blind Summary & Study Guide

Lee Child
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Running Blind by Lee Child is a thrilling novel filled with many twists and turns in the plot. Women are being killed across the country, and the FBI arranges for Jack Reacher to help them solve the crimes.

Jack Reacher is a loner, trying to fit into society. Having served in the army for thirteen years, Reacher has spent quite a bit of time on the road, hitchhiking around the country, whenever the whim would strike. Now, Reacher is a homeowner, trying to stay in one place and maintain a relationship with his girlfriend Jodie, the daughter of his former commanding officer.

Circumstances find Reacher in New York, putting a stop to a potential crime involving a new restaurant and two men attempting to force the owner to pay for protection. Reacher halts the attempt, but the incident is witnessed by the FBI, who has been watching him, convinced that he or someone like him is the perpetrator of a series of murders.

The FBI threatens to put Jodie in harms way if Reacher does not cooperate with them in finding the person killing women all over the country. All of the women involved have been in the army, and had filed sexual harassment complaints. The lead profiler, Julie Lamarr, is certain that the person responsible is acting out a form of retribution, punishing the women for ruining the careers of the accused. From the outset, Reacher has a problem with this, and is antagonistic toward Lamarr for involving Jodie and forcing his hand.

Working with Lisa Harper, the agent assigned to him, Reacher studies the facts and argues with the Bureau, also making sure that Jodie is not in harm's way for long. Discovering that the potential list of victims is not as long as the FBI believes, Reacher and Harper meet with two of the women, one of which is Julie Lamarr's sister. When Alison becomes the next victim, Julie Lamarr admits painfully that her profile might not be correct, and that Reacher may be closer to the truth with his idea that the women were being targeted for a crime they had witnessed in the army.

Piecing together small bits of information that the FBI has provided, Reacher and Harper rush back to the home or Rita Scimeca, to find her in a bathtub filled with olive paint, just as all the other victims had been. Sitting beside the tub is Julie Lamarr, the mastermind behind the killings. Reacher is able to save Scimeca, but kills Lamarr in the process. By using hypnosis, Lamarr had instructed all of the women to fill their bathtubs with army green paint and swallow their tongues, suffocating themselves. Lamarr had planned all of the murders in order to kill her sister, cloaking that specific death in the guise of a serial killer, in order to inherit her step-father's estate.

Though not pleased that Reacher knows that one of its agents was a murderer, the FBI has no choice but to let Reacher go. Returning to New York and Jodie, Reacher realizes that he is not meant to be in one place, and that his relationship with Jodie will never succeed if he forces himself into a certain mold. Jodie attains partnership in her law firm and will be moving to London for a few years. Reacher decides to sell the house and go back to doing what he does best: traveling light and wherever his heart leads him.

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