A while ago I wrote a little post about an FT article on literary estates reviving their defunct fictional characters. And I did a brief item on Anne Hillerman’s take on her dad’s great characters, Chee and Leaphorn.
One of the very biggest of such characters is about to enjoy a resurrection later this summer, and I came across an article about him in the Daily Mail (absolutely the best gossip source I know of). I’m speaking of Hercule Poirot, he of zee leetle gray cells. The author, Sophie Hannah, very sensibly sets the story early in the Belgian sleuth’s career.
I know that some readers here are fine with JDM’s estate forbidding McGee’s revival. But I have to admit that I wouldn’t mind it. Would it be hard to pull off? Would the first book have to meet a very high threshold? Sure, absolutely. But–if they found a very good writer–it would be worth a shot.