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DNA Fact

5 Recent, Weird, and TRUE Pieces of DNA News

As a crime writer, I love DNA to the moon and back. Seriously— DNA is so valuable for clues and evidence in the books I write, I don’t know what I’d do without it. Well, no one would exist without it. But you know what I mean. DNA is frequently the subject of mind-bending news […]

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Benefits of Running For An Investigative Journalist

Are you a runner? I’m an occasional runner, but Jess Kimball is devoted to the sport. She’s the star of my thrillers Fatal Enemy and Fatal Distraction. She’s also an investigative journalist for Taboo Magazine, and a victim’s rights advocate because of a personal tragedy that shoved her in that direction. Running isn’t just a […]

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Two International Corruption Scandals

If you’ve finished the False Truth Mystery Serial, you know the recent FIFA scandals are and example of “life imitates art.” Have you heard the latest FIFA news? The former vice president of FIFA is now banned from soccer for life. Jack Warner was a leader of soccer’s world governing body until 2011. Since then, […]

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Tiny House Hunters

The Longer the Book, The Better the Story?

The longer the book, the better the story, right? Not always. All books must have a final page somewhere. (That’s why I’m a fan of the series! There’s always the promise of another book coming soon.) But for those times when shorter is better, here’s what master fiction writer Stephen King says about short stories: “There’s almost […]

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The Best Drive Through North Carolina

In my new Hunt for Jack Reacher thriller, Jack and Joe, FBI Special Agent Kim Otto goes to North Carolina. Why? Because Jack Reacher spent some time there in 1989 & 1990 in Lee Child’s The Enemy. And Agent Otto, along with her partner Agent Carlos Gaspar, are building Reacher’s file for a top secret assignment. […]

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Empathy Test

How Good Are You At Reading People’s Eyes?

If you’re like me, (and I bet you are in this regard…) reading is one of your favorite activities. But do you excel at reading people’s eyes? If you’re an avid reader, the chances are greater that you’re a pro at this. Studies show that readers are more empathetic and enjoy social interactions more. Fascinating, isn’t it? […]

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Reading Benefits

You Know These 5 Benefits of Reading, Right?

Reading has saved my life — many times. Yours, too, I’ll bet. You are the best readers in the world. But do you know why reading is so good for us? What exactly does our body, mind, and soul gain while we sit back and pursue one of our favorite activities? Here’s five things my research […]

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Rashomon Effect

Why Jack Reacher Can’t Escape The Rashomon Effect

When my editor told me that my new book, Jack and Joe, has a very Rashomon feel, it took me all of 0.225 seconds to decide that was a compliment. A Rashomon feel. That’s exactly what Lee Child and I were striving for when I set out to write this Hunt for Jack Reacher Series […]

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DiMaggio Brothers

Famous Siblings: Who’s Your Favorite?

Is DNA destiny, or is life one big chess game? Even though Jack and Joe Reacher are strikingly similar physically, I think Joe Reacher would prefer to think of life as one big chess game. Jack’s like that, too. He’s strategic, but he also takes control physically of every event, play by play. But when […]

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Roaming Harvest

Serialized Novels: The Food Trucks of the Book World

A little earlier this week, I asked you about your favorite diner. Mainly because Jack Reacher loves them, and so do FBI Agents Kim Otto & Carlos Gaspar. Here’s another question to consider: what’s your favorite snack? Food trucks are sort of the snack equivalent of a restaurant, aren’t they? Stop by when convenient, grab […]

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