FICTION

MatchUp

S. & S. Jun. 2017. 464p. ed. by . ISBN 9781501141591. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781501141614. F
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OrangeReviewStarThis follow-up to the best-selling anthology FaceOff, which teamed male thriller writers, switches it up by pairing male and female authors and their series protagonists. This fresh approach exposes favorite characters in a new light. Child's insight to each story paints a picture of the writing process and joint effort to meld two characters into a smooth partnership. Child reveals how Sandra Brown admitted that she was "short story challenged" when she embarked on writing "Honor in…" with C.J. Box. However, the authors found common ground for their characters in the Wyoming setting. Kathy Reich's Temperance Brennan and Child's Jack Reacher meet in "Faking a Murderer." When Temperance is immediately implicated in a murder of a reporter, who else but Jack would show up to investigate what seems to be an open-and-shut case?
VERDICT This fun format offers the best of both worlds, matching up favorite thriller characters within the intense confines of a short story.

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