Behind The Words With Christopher Reich


Welcome Christopher, we’re very excited to have you on Reader’s Entertainment.  We’ll be talking all about your latest release MATTERHORN. First, tell our readers a bit about yourself.

Hi there. I’m Chris Reich. I grew up in Japan and California. Currently, I make my home in Newport Beach. I’ve been writing full time since the publication of my first novel, Numbered Account in 1998.

What does your typical writing day look like?

My writing day looks a lot like any full-time job. I hit my desk by 8 in the morning and try and stay until 4 or so. Sometimes later, sometimes earlier. I write longhand, then type into my laptop.

Tell us about your latest release. Where the idea came from? Perhaps some fun moments, or not so fun moments.

My newest book is titled, Matterhorn. It’s a spy story set primarily in Switzerland pitting two old friends – one American, one Russian – now bitter rivals, against one another in a race against time to prevent a deadly terrorist attack. The story opens and closes on the Matterhorn and was inspired by my love of alpinism, and of course, of the Matterhorn, itself. The most iconic mountain in the world.

I began writing at the age of 32. I’d never taken a writing class or even tried to pen a short story before starting my first novel. I guess I’m self-taught, though I’d say it was the books of John Le Carre, Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth, and Tom Clancy that were my teachers.

Advice for new writers?

My advice for first time novelists is to pick out several of your favorite books that your story resembles. Make sure those books are bestsellers! See how those authors told their story and maybe follow their example!

What’s your take on research and how do you do it?

Research is my favorite part of writing. I like to travel to the story’s location. Exotic locales and foreign destinations are a hallmark of my books. I grew up in Japan, Switzerland, and the States. I feel comfortable pretty much anywhere in the world. I love transporting my readers to places they haven’t been…or maybe didn’t even know existed. The imagination is a wonderful thing!  But…and this is important…don’t let your research get in the way of a good story! As Shakespeare said, “The plot is the thing.”

What’s coming up for you?

My Simon Riske series from Netflix is about to get underway filming in the UK with Edward Berger directing. We’re just finalizing casting, so big news to come!

Oh, Simon Riske…..a movie, how exciting. Join us again to talk about the film! Thank you so much for joining us today.

Readers, here’s a quick look at MATTERHORN.

A sudden family death and an old nemesis bring retired agent Mac Dekker in from the cold in this alpine thriller from New York Times bestselling author Christopher Reich.

Robbie Steinhardt lives a peaceful life. A fixture of his small alpine village, he tends cattle, minds his own business, and doesn’t dwell on his former life and the family and lover he left behind―back when he was Mac Dekker, CIA.

But when he learns his son Will died following in his footsteps, he needs answers. What mission took Will up into the alpine heights, and why is Ilya Ivashka on the same trail? Ilya―his close friend, his rival in love. Ilya, who framed Mac for treason and sent him into hiding.

Wiping away the years, Mac returns to the field to find the secrets Will hid and finds himself facing the Herculean task of stopping a terrorist plot that threatens thousands. But in a field of double agents, who can he trust?


(Releasing TODAY!)

New York Times bestselling author Christopher Reich has lived a life as exciting and fast-paced—though thankfully not as dangerous—as any of his protagonists.

Born in Tokyo, he divided his youth between Southern California and Switzerland. It was in the Swiss Alps where he first developed his love of mountaineering. Along the way, he attended the Outward Bound School of East Africa and summited Mt. Kenya.  He earned his undergraduate degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduation, he worked for the Union Bank of Switzerland in Zurich and Hong Kong, before founding a watch company in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Mr. Reich left the corporate world for good at age 32 to pursue a career as a novelist. His first international thriller, Numbered Account, drew upon his experiences working in the super-secret world of Swiss banking. The book sold more than a million copies in twenty-two countries around the globe and spent a combined twelve weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.  He has since penned fourteen acclaimed bestsellers including Rules of Deception and The Patriots Club, which won the International Thriller Writers inaugural Thriller award for Outstanding Novel. His series The Take, featuring debonair private spy Simon Riske, is in production at Netflix as a limited television series to be directed by Oscar and BAFTA winner, Edward Berger (All Quiet on the Western Front). His next novel, MATTERHORN, will be published by Thomas & Mercer in April 2024.

Mr. Reich lives in Newport Beach, California.
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