Monday, March 29, 2010



International mega star thriller writer Lee Child's 61 HOURS jumped straight to #1 on the bestsellers list when it was released in New Zealand last week, and next month the man himself is touring the country for a series of author events and book signings. See here for his full schedule - five cities, six author events, and 13 short bookstore appearances.

Tickets to some of the events, where Lee Child will speak, and attendees will have a chance to ask questions, meet him, and get their books signed, are already selling out fast.

However, courtesy of the event organisers, Crime Watch has two (2) double-passes to giveaway to the Takapuna event on Sunday 11 April 2010 - the first of the six events on Lee Child's tour. This event is being held at 7pm at the Rosmini College Auditorium, 26 Dominion St, Takapuna. Tickets are $15 from

It will be a truly fantastic evening, as it being MC-ed by highly-regarded former publisher, books editor, book awards judge, reviewer, and industry commentator Graham Beattie. Given Beattie's well-deserved status within the industry, and the fact he enjoys reading and critiquing crime fiction and has been a longtime reader of the Reacher books, there could be no one better to host the first Lee Child event of the tour. Incidentally, it is also the I have chosen to attend - for that very reason.

The Crime Watch giveaway is of course only available to those living in the Auckland area, or willing to travel to attend the event on the night. You may enter the draw by making a comment on this post, noting your full name and answering one of the two giveaway questions.
You do not need to place any address details in your comment, as the tickets will be held at the door on the night for each of the two winners. The draw for the two double-passes will be made at 5pm on Wednesday 7 April 2010, so you have just over ten days to enter the competition.

Giveaway Questions:
  1. What is your favourite Lee Child book, and why?; or
  2. What is a question you would like to ask Lee Child at the event?
Good luck.
Oh, and if for any reason you are having difficulty placing a comment on this blog, you can instead email me your entry, directly (name and answer to one of the above questions). Please email to


  1. "Mr Child, sometimes writers talk about their characters having lives of their own. Are you ever surprised by something Reacher does?"

    Kris Wehipeihana

  2. My favourite Lee Child book is "Tripwire". I read it years ago "by accident" i.e. I did not know the author and was "in between books". Talk about a fast-paced thriller that lures you into each page and plot!!I could not put it down...and the best part was it made me chase down all of his subsequent books thus signing me up as a lifetime fan of Jack Reacher. How dull my reading life would have been were it not for Tripwire!

  3. "Gone Tomorrow" - the way the mystery was wide open until right at the end. And Reacher is such a great character - a man on the street, but much more than that too.

  4. What is your favourite Lee Child book, and why?
    "The visitor" as it clearly showcased Jack Reacher's investigative skills

    What is a question you would like to ask Lee Child?
    Will his books be made into a movie? If so, who would he want to play Jack Reacher?

  5. 1. Bad Luck and Trouble

    2. Where do I find a Jack Reacher????

  6. Well it's about 98 hours to the draw, guess it would be more apt to wait until 61 hours but that's 4am Sunday morning and I'm not that dedicated.

    61 hours is the favourite book because of the twist at the end, but I won't spoil it for others.

    Question for Lee Child - How do you organise your day to day writing time? - ie do you lock yourself away for 8 hours a day for days at a time, just write in the morning etc, work back from the publisher's deadline..

  7. Question for Lee Child - Do you have a set idea of where Jack Reacher is heading in the next few books, or is each book purely and individual novel?

  8. Fave book - 61 HOURS because I just finished it, and it's great. Brilliant for a lazy weekend or reading at the beach.