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Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me by Andy Martin

Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me by Andy Martin

Author:Andy Martin [Martin, Andy]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Literary Criticism, General, Language Arts & Disciplines, Composition & Creative Writing
ISBN: 9781473540422
Google: rDNBCgAAQBAJ
Amazon: 1101965452
Goodreads: 27192732
Publisher: Bantam
Published: 2015-11-19T05:00:00+00:00


THE STITCH-UP

CONVERSATION ON SKYPE.

LEE: I don’t want to get framed.

ME: I don’t know how to frame. Why would I want to frame you?

LEE: Are you going to dig up some dirt on me?

ME: Hold on a second. There’s dirt? What am I missing?

LEE: Nothing.

ME: I’m going to have to do some serious research.

LEE: It’s all myth. Mostly.

ME: Mostly?

LEE: Gossip and rumor.

ME: So…is it true what they’re saying about you?

LEE: Bastard.

NEVER GO BACK

IT WAS A RULE with him. Never go back. It was even the title of his last but one novel. Child was Reacher and Reacher was Child. Of course he had gone back—to slip in a comma. Take out the shit and the piss. Now he was going back again.

He was up to 32,000 words. “It’s acceptable at this point,” he said. It was the last day of January. Subzero in Manhattan. Central Park all white icing. I had to dress up like some kind of spaceman to survive the rigors of walking down to the C train at Spring Street and coming back up again on 86th. Two hats (one borrowed from Joel: “Handmade Persian—DO NOT LOSE IT!”).

He reiterated his rule. “As you know, my method is not to touch what I’ve done.” I had an inkling what his next word was going to be. “Unless…” Me and my prophetic soul. “Unless I really need to.”

Turned out he really really needed to.



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