Okay, so the picture is blurry, but my impressions of meeting Lee Child in person are sharply etched in my memory. He is a very nice man, and did not shy away from a photo op, thanks to his publicist and my trusty photographer (whose camera, we later found out, was on the wrong setting.)
The picture was taken Friday afternoon at BookExpo, my first ever BookExpo, and I'll admit that I had reservations about going. But after meeting the people that write the words that define more than half of my waking hours, I'm sold. I'll go back, in a heartbeat. BookExpo, for those of you who don't know, is the publishing industry's annual event, and librarians have only recently been invited to attend.
I had the opportunity to listen to the likes of Alice Sebold, Ian McEwan, and Alan Alda, and to see Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter Carol Higgins Clark along with countless other authors in the autographing lines. I met and spoke briefly with Kristin Gore, whose recent book, Sammy's House, is a sequel to the very amusing Sammy's Hill.
I started to read Lee Child's Bad Luck and Trouble, last night and finished it this morning. While there are few surprises in his latest thriller, the writing and detail does not disappoint, and you will find a different side of Jack Reacher (a team player?!!) amidst his cohort of elite army personnel from his last days in the service. Thumbs up, can't wait for the next book!