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USA
About Me:
Crime novelist, graphic novel writer and author of two nonfiction collections of crime fiction author interviews.
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http://craigmcdonaldbooks.com
Books And Authors I Like:
Ernest Hemingway, William Lindsay Gresham, Davis Grubb, James Crumley, James Ellroy, James Sallis, Daniel Woodrell, Ken Bruen, Alistair MacLeod, John Prebble, Lester Dent, William Blake, William Butler Yeats, Breece D'J Pancake, Charlie Stella, Tom Russell, Pete Dexter, Craig Holden, Megan Abbott, Laura Lippman, Cormac McCarthy.

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THE HECTOR LASSITER SERIES RETURNS

February, 2011: One True Sentence is released, the fourth of the Hector Lassiter novels.

At its climax, crime novelist Hector Lassiter wanders into a woman’s Paris apartment, bleeding and pushed past all points of exhaustion. The story ends on a dark and ambiguous note:

“In the blackness, Hector felt himself falling.”

Then, a kind of real blackness swallowed up Hector and his ongoing series.

Nearly all of the planned Lassiter novels were finished long…

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Posted on June 15, 2014 at 6:45am

EDGAR-NOMINATED HEAD GAMES FREE TODAY FOR KINDLE

Starting today for a very brief time, my 2007 debut novel, HEAD GAMES, is available for free download exclusively for your Kindle right here.

This is the novel that introduced crime…

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Posted on January 27, 2012 at 9:10pm

FREE FOR AMAZON KINDLE TODAY ONLY: TOROS & TORSOS

"A bold, ambitious, genre-bending novel from the talented Craig McDonald." 

— GEORGE PELECANOS



TOROS & TORSOS, the sequel to my Edgar/Anthony nominated debut novel HEAD GAMES, is available for free download as an eBook exclusively from Amazon for Kindle, today only,…
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Posted on January 24, 2012 at 12:32am

IN TRIBUTE: THE STEPHEN J. CANNELL INTERVIEW

In memory of the great Stephen J. Cannell: My 2003 interview with Cannell reprinted from ROGUE MALES.

Posted on October 2, 2010 at 10:10pm

REMEMBERING NIGHTMARE ALLEY/WILLIAM LINDSAY GRESHAM

In honor of Tuesday's re-release of William Lindsay Gresham's carnival noir classic NIGHTMARE ALLEY, a re-presentation of my March 2009 Crimespree Magazine tribute to the novel and its haunted author.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:22am

A WEEK AT JEN'S BOOK THOUGHTS

Jen Forbus offers the second half of her two-part interview with me at her site, Jen's Book Thoughts. The interview concludes a week of offerings at Jen's marking the release of PRINT THE LEGEND this coming Tuesday.



Topics in the most recent interview installment include Hemingway's death, FBI conspiracy, and literary vs. genre debates, the new novel,… Continue

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 11:44am

SOLITUDE & THE WRITER

Some thoughts on solitude and its possible dangers/advantages for writers here.

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 10:47am

HECTOR LASSITER SPEAKS

I've just posted an interview with actor Tom Stechschulte, the voice of Hector Lassiter in Recorded Books' unabridged versions of my ongoing series. Tom also reads the Cormac McCarthy books, and titles by James Lee Burke and James Ellroy, among many others. There's some interesting stuff on strategies for creating character voices, on dramatic reading and the recording… Continue

Posted on December 15, 2009 at 11:00pm

WOODY HAUT'S FAVORITES OF 2009

Crime fiction critic/scholar Woody Haut, author of Pulp Culture; Neon Noir: Contemporary American Crime Fiction; and Heartbreak and Vine: The Fate of Hardboiled Writers in Hollywood, has unveiled his favorite novels of 2009.

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 10:47pm

SOME MORE REVIEWS

Woody Haut (NEON NOIR, HEARTBREAK AND VINE) reviews TOROS & TORSOS. Novelist Charlie Stella reviews PRINT THE LEGEND. Naomi Johnson also weighs in on… Continue

Posted on December 7, 2009 at 12:37am

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At 4:59pm on April 4, 2009, Jacqui Horwood said…
thanks, craig. i appreciate you getting back to me.
At 11:31am on April 4, 2009, Jacqui Horwood said…
Hi Craig - is your book "Art in the Blood' available in Australia? Thanks - Jacqui
At 12:03pm on March 10, 2009, Rodney Wiethop said…
If you have not read Toros & Torsos ...stop what your doing, rush out buy it and then find a quiet place to read the best fiction/non fiction writer going today. Time well spent. Kudos Craig
At 1:48pm on February 4, 2009, Rodney Wiethop said…
Craig, I absolutely loved Head Games & just picked up a LE copy of Toros & Torsos, from David at MBTB in Houston. I cant wait to read it. Great stuff. Rod Wiethop
At 6:14am on February 2, 2009, roger smith said…
I'll watch out for it on Amazon
At 6:06am on February 2, 2009, roger smith said…
We do seem to like the same stuff. When are you publishing the Rogues?
At 11:31am on November 18, 2008, jedidiah ayres said…
Thank you sir. I'm brannew to the interweb
At 2:29am on July 12, 2008, Kandy Williams said…
Yes, Craig, you're right....CODIS is what I was looking for. Thanks for the info.
At 9:36pm on June 29, 2008, Craig McDonald said…
Hey Keith,
Thanks so much. As you know from reading Head Games, I didn't exactly start my series in the expected way. Pretty much, quite the contrary; Head Games would more likely be most writers' last book in a series. So, yeah, I think the series format can be kind of deadening. For my part, I went in with a notion of a seven-book series, then intend to get out. It's a number that allows you to maintain quality, and if you know you're going to get out in a limited number of books, well, anything goes, in theory.

Interesting you mention Ray...I think his plan with Innes is similar to mine: write a really strong, short series that allows you to honestly focus on/portray the cumulative physical and psychological effects of violence and acute trauma on a series character and really carry that toward it's logical outcome. When Ray's guy takes a beating, he doesn't shrug it off like so many series characters seem to do.

All that said, I'm working on a standalone right now...
At 9:46am on June 29, 2008, Lisa St. James said…
Thanks so much for the welcome :) It was a pleasure meeting and speaking with you today.
 
 
 

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