Author Lee Child knows why we read

The #1 New York Times best-selling author Lee Child reveals the secret to keeping his Jack Reacher novel series accessible and entertaining. Child is best known for what Forbes has called "the strongest brand in publishing” (the Jack Reacher series). He's sold over 100 million books around the world and he's been simultaneously at the top of the bestseller list in all English language countries. His character has been turned into an action film star played by Tom Cruise.

On “Salon Talks,” Child delves deep into why we read, especially page turners in the thriller and mystery genres. Child shares anecdotes in the video above and why he tries to write in a style that he would enjoy consuming as a reader.

Watch the full episode to learn more about Child’s contribution to the anthology “It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art,” and his take on Donald Trump’s s**thole comment.

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