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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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Added by Craig McDonald on June 15, 2014 at 6:45am — No Comments

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 novelist Hector Lassiter, “the man who lives what he…

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Added by Craig McDonald on January 27, 2012 at 9:10pm — No Comments

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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Added by Craig McDonald on January 24, 2012 at 12:32am — No Comments

IN TRIBUTE: THE STEPHEN J. CANNELL INTERVIEW

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

Added by Craig McDonald on October 2, 2010 at 10:10pm — No Comments

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.

Added by Craig McDonald on April 5, 2010 at 9:22am — No Comments

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

Added by Craig McDonald on February 14, 2010 at 11:44am — No Comments

SOLITUDE & THE WRITER

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

Added by Craig McDonald on January 19, 2010 at 10:47am — No Comments

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

Added by Craig McDonald on December 15, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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.

Added by Craig McDonald on December 12, 2009 at 10:47pm — No Comments

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

Added by Craig McDonald on December 7, 2009 at 12:37am — No Comments

PRINT THE LEGEND REVIEW

Corey Wilde pens an amazing, in-depth review of my February 2010 novel, PRINT THE LEGEND, at the Drowning Machine.

Added by Craig McDonald on December 4, 2009 at 12:11am — 2 Comments

ALTERED POV

On having your series character reinterpreted by another artist/creator.

Added by Craig McDonald on December 3, 2009 at 9:15am — 1 Comment

SHORT STORY AT CRIMEWAV.COM

My reading of my short story "The Devil's in the Details" is now up at CrimeWAV.com.

Added by Craig McDonald on November 24, 2009 at 1:37pm — No Comments

ROGUE MALES INTERVIEW SUBJECT #13: DANIEL WOODRELL

Number 13 of 16 ROGUE MALES: CONVERSATIONS & CONFRONTATIONS ABOUT THE WRITING LIFE essays now up.

Added by Craig McDonald on November 21, 2009 at 9:43am — No Comments

NEW BLOG SITE

My series focusing on interview subjects featured in Rogue Males: Conversations & Confrontations about the Writing Life resumes with Ken Bruen at my new blog site. Also, details regarding a newsletter contest continuing through the February 2010 release of my next novel, Print… Continue

Added by Craig McDonald on November 19, 2009 at 1:18am — No Comments

GUEST BLOGGING AT HARDBOILED WONDERLAND

I do a guest turn as part of Hardboiled Wonderland's series on narrative songs that run to the dark side of the street.

My pick: Bruce Springsteen's "Highway Patrolman" from NEBRASKA.

Added by Craig McDonald on September 29, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

ROGUE MALES REVIEW

Oline Cogdill reviews ROGUE MALES: CONVERSATIONS AND CONFRONTATIONS ABOUT THE WRITING LIFE.

Added by Craig McDonald on August 13, 2009 at 12:09am — No Comments

ROGUE MALES: SUBJECT #11, LEE CHILD

(Author’s note: Rogue Males: Conversations & Confrontations About the Writing Life, is a collection of author interviews. It includes Elmore Leonard, Stephen J. Cannell, Pete Dexter, James Ellroy, Daniel Woodrell, Craig Holden and James Crumley. Rogue Males also features an account of a trip to the desert to interview crime fiction greats Ken Bruen and James… Continue

Added by Craig McDonald on August 1, 2009 at 10:37am — No Comments

ROGUE MALES: SUBJECT #10, RANDY WAYNE WHITE

(Author’s note: Rogue Males: Conversations & Confrontations About the Writing Life, is a collection of author interviews. It includes Elmore Leonard, Lee Child, Pete Dexter, James Ellroy, Daniel Woodrell, Craig Holden and James Crumley. Rogue Males also features an account of a trip to the desert to interview crime fiction greats Ken Bruen and James Sallis about the… Continue

Added by Craig McDonald on July 12, 2009 at 11:31pm — No Comments

NEW INTERVIEW AT THINGS I'D RATHER BE DOING

John Kenyon interviews me for a record-setting third time at his excellent Things I'd Rather Be Doing site... We talk about interviewing, blending/balancing fiction and nonfiction and some up-coming projects.

Added by Craig McDonald on July 7, 2009 at 5:19am — No Comments

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