Lee Child, the author of the immensely popular series says his days as a novelist are over. Even though he’s still listed as co-author of ‘The Sentinel,’ a thriller largely written by his novelist brother, who has assumed responsibility for continuing the popular franchise.
The cover of “The Sentinel” the 25th thriller in the wildly popular Jack Reacher series, says it was written by Lee Child and Andrew Child. Reacher’s creator Lee Child, whose real name is Lee Grant, has said his days as a novelist are over. Lately, he’s been working with Amazon to develop a Jack Reacher TV show starring Alan Ritchson, an actor as enormous and menacing as the character in the books.
But Reacher, the mythic avenger who wanders the back roads of America like a modern-day Lone Ranger, is too popular with readers to just fade away. So Lee Child has turned the series over to his younger brother Andrew Grant, the author of nine thrillers published under his real name. It’s Andrew who wrote most of “The Sentinel.” But, because the names “Child” and Reacher” are forever bound together, he adopted the pen name Andrew Child to carry the series into the future.
The change in authors is subtle but detectable. For one thing, the technologically averse Reacher has now acquired a cell phone. For another, the hero has become a bit chatty, talking more with other characters and telling readers more about his thinking — including how he maps out in advance the hand-to-hand he’ll engage in with thugs who outnumber him. Despite the change in authors, the writing remains tight, and the non-stop action is as propulsive as ever.