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REACHER SAID NOTHING: LEE CHILD AND THE MAKING OF ‘MAKE ME’ (extract)

55. ALLEGORY This really happened. But it’s sort of an allegory of what Lee feels about editing. It was when he was living in the apartment downtown, the one that looked out on the Empire State Building, the one that made me think of a cartoon with Clark Kent at a window in Metropolis. He was going away for a week or two and he wouldn’t really need his housemaid to clean the house while he was gone. On the other hand, he didn’t want to put her out of a job either. She needed the money. So he said, ‘Why don’t you do the stuff you don’t normally do? Concentrate on cleaning up the paintwork.’ He had in mind …

LEE CHILD’S FINAL WORD – SEPTEMBER 2015

‘It [MAKE ME] came out good. I keep wondering – was there a cause and effect?’ ‘You mean, with having me around keeping an eye on you.’ ‘Did it make a difference?’ ‘Well, the only couple of times I suggested anything you went in the opposite direction. Vince is a bit like that.’ ‘Vince?’ ‘Vince the dog. Mr Vince.’ He was Joel’s dog, I took him to the dog park when Joel was out of town. ‘You know, perverse, stubborn.’ ‘You probably stopped me goofing off all the time.’ ‘There’s that last sentence, for example. Look at it.’ I flipped open the last page. He had just given me a copy of Make Me. The book itself, the hardcover, freshly …

YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS, BUT…’

I didn’t have to choose the waffle. Could have been pancakes. Or tacos, with extra potatoes on the side. It could have been banana waffle, but I went and chose the strawberry waffle. It just felt like a strawberry waffle kind of day. Lydia was having the tacos. The waitress delivered our order. The waffle was punctuated by swirls of whipped cream. And, as per the menu, laden with slices of strawberry. I had to sit back and admire. It was a thing of beauty. Somehow I felt I had to take my phone out to take a picture. ‘I have a dog called Waffle,’ I said. ‘Really?’ said Lydia. ‘That’s a nice name for a dog.’ We were sitting …

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