Thriller writer Lee Child, creator of Jack Reacher will collaborate with his younger brother Andrew for future instalments of the series. The first book in the collaboration is The Sentinel, and will be published on 27th October (pre-order links below).
The announcement was made by publisher Transworld who announced a new four-book deal to be co-authored by Lee Child, and his brother Andrew. You may not be aware, but Andrew Grant is already an established suspense and thriller author under his own name, but will be known as Andrew Child for this collaboration.
In the publisher’s announcement, Andrew Grant said: “When I first read Killing Floor, I was blown away. Not just by the propulsive writing, or the suspense, or the action. But by Jack Reacher himself. Before I’d even learned his name I thought, I know this guy. I get him. The way his mind worked, the things he did, his moral compass, they all made sense to me. And the more time I spent with him in each new adventure, the more I craved the next. So I know what it’s like to wait for the new Reacher novel. I’ve lived with the anticipation. I understand what Reacher fans want – because I am one. And I’ll do my best to deliver for them. I’ll have to. Because my big brother will be watching…”
Lee Child is 65 years-old and in a statement he said “I love my readers and know they want many, many more Reacher stories in the future. I would love to make that promise, but realistically I’m aging out of being able to keep it. A few more, maybe, but not many, many more. So I have decided to pass the baton to someone who can keep that promise. I chose the best tough-guy writer I have read in years – my brother Andrew Grant. We share the same DNA, the same background, the same upbringing. He’s me, 15 years ago, full of energy and ideas. He was the first to read Killing Floor all those years ago, and was the world’s first Reacher fan. We’re going to work on the next few together, and then he’ll strike out on his own. I’m excited to read what he comes up with, because I’m betting it will be great. If I’m Reacher, then so is he. Maybe more so. Trust me – this is going to be the real deal.”
How readers will take to the changes, no one knows but when The Sentinel is released later this year, we’ll have the first reviews of these collaborative works. For the future of Jack Reacher, one would hope they’d be well received. Only time will tell!