Literary Inside Jokes

At Off the Page, Oline Cogdill blogs on literary cross-references, such as Lee Child’s reference to Samantha Kincaid in Bad Luck and Trouble. (Yes, when Reacher meets a Portland prosecutor called Samantha in a cop bar and spends two nights with her… that’s my girl.)

I love spotting these allusions to other books. They are hat tips from one writer to another, and a secret reward for frequent readers who are paying attention.