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Lee Child quits famous Jack Reacher character

13/01/2020 7:17 AM
Lee Child quits famous Jack Reacher character

Best-selling novelist Lee Child has announced he will retire from writing his world-famous Jack Reacher novels, deciding to leave the much-loved series to his brother for continuation.

After searching for some time for a way to kill off the lead character, Child has decided the series should continue without him at the helm.

‘For years I thought about different ways of killing Reacher off. First of all, I thought he would go out in a blaze of bullets, something like the end of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It would take an army to bring him down [but] Reacher had to have an afterlife after I was done,’ Child told The Sunday Times.

Reacher’s story will be left to Child’s brother, Andrew Grant, to continue with.

‘Readers don’t need to know about me or whoever writes the books. They only really care about Reacher. And I know he’s in safe hands,” Child also said.

However, Child, who was born James Grant, has reportedly requested his brother also take on the surname Child.

The cover of the next Reacher novel reportedly reads as being written by ‘Lee Child with Andrew Child.’

The Jack Reacher character has featured as the protagonist in 24 novels, as well as a number of short stories and novellas.

The first novel, Killing Floor, was released in 1997.

Since then, Child has sold more than 100 million books worldwide, with the Jack Reacher series being translated into 40 languages.

They were also the basis for two films starring Tom Cruise as Reacher, which were released in 2012 and 2016.

A television series for the Amazon Prime streaming network is now in the works.

Child has also recently joined the judging panel for the 2020 Booker Prize, an unprecedented choice as a writer of popular fiction.


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