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JRob

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Lee Child Quits!
« on: January 18, 2020, 05:26:53 pm »
With the news that author Lee Child has quit as the author of his Jack Reacher series and handed the reins of the character over to his brother, what do you think the legacy of his work will be?

Are you nervous about the hand off like the publishers seem to be if you read the article link: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jan/18/jack-reacher-series-author-lee-child-quits-and-lets-brother-step-in

If you read the series, will you continue reading it? Usually in this situation the continuation comes about because the author has died not retired. I'm a couple books behind in the series but I do have hopes that things will be great going forward.

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Re: Lee Child Quits!
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2020, 12:48:00 am »
With the news that author Lee Child has quit as the author of his Jack Reacher series and handed the reins of the character over to his brother, what do you think the legacy of his work will be?

Are you nervous about the hand off like the publishers seem to be if you read the article link: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jan/18/jack-reacher-series-author-lee-child-quits-and-lets-brother-step-in

If you read the series, will you continue reading it? Usually in this situation the continuation comes about because the author has died not retired. I'm a couple books behind in the series but I do have hopes that things will be great going forward.

Thanks so much for sharing - I hadn't heard about this. Some of you may already be aware of Lee Child's brother, Andrew Grant, who is already a best-selling thriller author: https://www.andrewgrantbooks.com/books.php

He visited the Barnes & Noble Mystery Forum a few times when I was moderator there, and I met him at Bouchercon several years ago, where he gave a fascinating talk on writing mysteries. He compared writing a mystery to driving in the fog - you might have a general idea of where you're going (with the plot) but you don't always see the details clearly along the way. Were any of you there? As I write this, I'm wondering if I'm remembering his words accurately. Anyway, I have read several of Andrew's books and enjoyed them very much. I think it's interesting that Andrew will be taking on his brother's pen name (Child) in the new books. I'm curious how closely Andrew will stick to Lee's template. I would guess he won't deviate much from the Jack Reacher format and style, otherwise he'd risk being marched on by millions of fans with pitchforks and torches.

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Re: Lee Child Quits!
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2020, 10:00:01 am »
I've never read any of Andrew Grant's books so I don't know how it will turn out.

What the article doesn't make clear is if Lee Child is stopping writing altogether or just with the Reacher series.

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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2020, 11:18:06 pm »
I've never read any of Andrew Grant's books so I don't know how it will turn out.

What the article doesn't make clear is if Lee Child is stopping writing altogether or just with the Reacher series.

This will definitely be news to watch!