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Saturday
Jul012017

Matchup - edited by Lee Child

 

Matchup is a collection of thrillers, short stories, written by unlikely male/female collaborators featuring their best-known characters. Such an fascinating premise. Editor Lee Child seems to have made it his mission to pair writers who otherwise would never have worked with each other.

Every story has it’s own rhythm and pace. Child co-authored “Faking a Murderer” with Kathy Reichs, pairing his legendary Jack Reacher with her Temperance Brennan. Reacher, with his brevity of speech and cutting-to-the-chase language is starkly contrasted with the world of lawyers he finds himself caught up in. This helps Child’s writing be all the more entertaining. I love how Reacher lives so vividly in his own world, yet adapts quickly when circumstances dictate. His “What’s an IPA?” is a laugh-out-loud moment near the end of a suspenseful story.

Child of course introduces each story, detailing how these writers got together and giving readers a bit about how they mingled their often very different writing styles, processes and characters. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Matchup from beginning to end. Eleven adventures flow between the covers, including such favorites of mine as John Sandford, C.J. Box, Sandra Brown, Michael Koryta and Lisa Scottoline. Some of the pairings create tensions and flow quite different from what readers may expect. 

Want to know how much I enjoyed reading Matchup? The book followed me around the house. I looked for five minute spaces of time to read a few pages. Usually I am reading several books at a time, but once Matchup opened itself up to me, I had nobody else until the final page was turned.

 

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