Lee Child and Andrew Child were born in England. Lee went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV’s “golden age.” Lee was fired in 1995 at 40 because of corporate restructuring. Lee was always a voracious reader, so he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.
After college, Andrew set up and ran a small independent theatre company, then moved into the telecommunications industry where he worked for fifteen years. He escaped the corporate life, and established himself as the author of the several critically acclaimed novels like Even, False Positive, and Too Close To Home.
Lee and Andrew’s new Reacher novel, BETTER OFF DEAD, is the 26th Jack Reacher novel and the second one as co-authors. It was published on October 26th.
I received an advance review copy and loved it. It’s another great Reacher thriller that finds him heading out west to see the Pacific Ocean, before he gets sidelined in a U.S. – Mexico Border town and stumbles into nefarious plan involving chemical weapons.
I enjoyed chatting with Lee and Andrew about what it’s like for brothers working together creatively; what it was like for Andrew to step into the iconic Jack Reacher world, about the new Reacher series coming soon on Amazon Prime, and a lot more.