Earlier today, Graham "Bookman" Beattie, the doyen of Downunder book bloggers, republished an article from The Bookseller, where Lee Child's publisher Transworld posed a question to make many crime fiction fans go weak at the knees: has Lee Child killed off Jack Reacher?
The latest Child novel, 61 HOURS, includes a cliff-hanger ending, and, unusually, there is a second Child book due out later in 2010 (he usually writes one per year, always published around March).
I will be interviewing Lee Child by phone in the coming weeks, for an article to time with his visit to New Zealand in April, so I will see what I can get out of him (if anything) then. Publicity move, or is he about to pull a Rankin, and 'retire' his main hero so he can move on to something else?
You can follow the conversation about the news on Beattie's blog, HERE. It's a blog well worth visiting regularly, as Beattie is always at the forefront of book-related news and happenings.