Okay, Jackson Donne's not really dead (no matter Duane Swierczynski's best wishes), but he is resting.
When authors take breaks with their series, they often say the character's voice has gone away. They can't find it anymore. I always thought that was bunk. The character is always there, and there are often new challenges for him or her.
You want to try something else? That's fine. Try something else. But don't tell us the character's voice has gone away. That just writer mumbo jumbo.
Annnnnndddd then I finished THE EVIL THAT MEN DO.
And Jackson Donne's voice went away.
I think it has to do with the ending of EVIL. Donne is left in a place where he's never been before. Upbeat.
There are fewer challenges for him personally. I've tried to shoehorn him into a few stories, but they've fizzled out. Donne is getting older, doing the college thing, and trying to distance himself from being a PI.
But that doesn't mean he can't come back. There are plenty of open-ended ideas that came up in WHEN ONE MAN DIES and THE EVIL THAT MEN DO that could come back and haunt Donne at some point in the future.
But not yet.
What do you writers think? Can a characters voice just go away?
And readers... do you want a series to continue or would you rather a writer takes a break here or there?