Cover image for MatchUp / edited by Lee Child.
MatchUp / edited by Lee Child.

First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Physical Description:
xii, 445 pages ; 24 cm
Honor & ... / Footloose / Faking a murderer / Past prologue / Rambo on their minds / Short story / Dig here / Deserves to be dead / Midnight flame / Getaway / Taking the veil
Collects stories written by best-selling thriller authors,11 women and 11 men partnered in male-female literary pairings, in anthology that includes contributions by such favorites as Sandra Brown, John Sandford and Eric Van Lustbader.


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In this incredible follow-up to the New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller FaceOff , twenty-two of the world's most popular thriller writers come together for an unforgettable anthology.

MatchUp takes the never-before-seen bestseller pairings of FaceOff and adds a delicious new twist: gender. Eleven of the world's best female thriller writers from Diana Gabaldon to Charlaine Harris are paired with eleven of the world's best male thriller writers, including John Sandford, C.J. Box, and Nelson DeMille. The stories are edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child and feature:

-Lee Coburn and Joe Pickett in "Honor & ..." by Sandra Brown and C.J. Box
-Tony Hill and Roy Grace in "Footloose" by Val McDermid and Peter James
-Temperance Brennan and Jack Reacher in "Faking a Murderer" by Kathy Reichs and Lee Child
-Jamie Fraser and Cotton Malone in "Past Prologue" by Diana Gabaldon and Steve Berry
-Liz Sansborough and Rambo in "Rambo on Their Minds" by Gayle Lynds and David Morrell
-Jeffrey Tolliver and Joe Pritchard in "Short Story" by Karin Slaughter and Michael Koryta
-Harper Connelly and Ty Hauck in "Dig Here" by Charlaine Harris and Andrew Gross
-Regan Pescoli and Virgil Flowers in "Deserves to be Dead" by Lisa Jackson and John Sandford
-Lucan Thorne and Lilliane in "Midnight Flame" by Lara Adrian and Christopher Rice
-Bennie Rosato and John Corey in "Getaway" by Lisa Scottoline and Nelson DeMille
-Ali Reynolds and Bravo Shaw in "Taking the Veil" by J.A. Jance and Eric Van Lustbader

Author Notes

Lee Child is the pen name of Jim Grant, who was born in Coventry, England on October 29, 1954. He attended law school at Sheffield University, worked in the theater, and finally worked as a presentation director for Granada Television. After being laid off in 1995 because of corporate restructuring, he decided to write a book. The Killing Floor won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel and became the first book in the Jack Reacher series. In 2012, the first Jack Reacher film was released starring Tom Cruise. His book's, Worth Dying For and Past Tense, made the bestseller list in 2018.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Each of the 11 collaborative tales in this stellar sequel to the International Thriller Writers' anthology FaceOff (2014) pairs a top-rank female thriller writer with a male counterpart. Sandra Brown's Lee Coburn and C.J. Box's Joe Pickett send testosterone levels soaring in "Honor &...". British authors Val McDermid (known for Det. Chief Insp. Carol Jordan) and Peter James (Det. Supt. Roy Grace) match witticisms as they seek a foot fetishist criminal in "Footloose." Child's Jack Reacher's past and Kathy Reich's forensic expert Dr. Temperance Brennan's present bring the two together in "Faking a Murderer." In "Midnight Flame," Lara Adrian's vampire Lucan Thorne and Christopher Rice's Lilliane meet in New Orleans in an adventure that threatens both their paranormal tribes. Other notable pairings include Diana Gabaldon (Jamie Fraser) and Steve Berry (Cotton Malone), Lisa Jackson (Regan Pescoli) and John Sandford (Virgil Flowers), and Gayle Lynds (Liz Sansborough) and David Morrell (Rambo). Child provides a brief, cogent intro to each selection. Highly recommended as entertainment, this anthology is a great place to start if you've not yet sampled some of these authors. Agent: Dan Conaway, Writers House. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.



MatchUp SANDRA BROWN AND C. J. BOX SANDRA BROWN BEGAN WRITING IN 1981. Before that she worked as a model and in television, including weathercasting and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program PM Magazine. And though she's published over seventy novels, with over eighty million copies in print worldwide, she admits to one handicap. She's short story challenged. "It's just not something I've written a whole lot of," she says. Luckily, C. J. Box does not suffer from that affliction, which made him the perfect partner for Sandra. Chuck is a Wyoming native and has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, and small-town newspaper reporter, and he's even owned an international tourism marketing firm. He has over twenty novels to his credit, and short stories are not unfamiliar. He also has a character, Joe Pickett, so the idea was to connect Sandra's Lee Coburn with Pickett. By a stroke of great luck, at the end of Sandra's 2011 novel Lethal, Coburn ended up in, of all places, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Which is Joe Pickett country. Talk about fate. Everything just got easier after that. Together, Sandra and Chuck plotted the story. Then Chuck wrote the first draft and sent it to Sandra for an edit and rewrite. They went back and forth, until both were pleased with the outcome. Chuck's comment summed it all up. "Sandra was a dream to work with it." You're going to like this unexpected encounter between two of the most rugged protagonists out there today. Both harken back to another time, and the story's title poses an interesting question. Honor & . . . Excerpted from Matchup: The Battle of the Sexes Just Got Thrilling by Lee Child, Val Mcdermid, Charlaine Harris, John Sandford, Kathy Reichs, Eric Van Lustbader, Gayle Lynds, Nelson DeMille, Lisa Jackson, Sandra Brown, Christopher Rice, J. A. Jance, Lisa Scottoline, C. J. Box, Steve Berry, Peter James, Michael Koryta, Diana Gabaldon, David Morrell, Karin Slaughter, Andrew Gross, Lara Adrian All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.