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Author of One True Sentence, Forever’s Just PretendToros & Torsos, The Great PretenderRoll the Credits, Head Games, The Running Kind, Print the Legend, Death in the Face, Three Chords & The Truth and Write from Wrong, and editor of Borderland Noir

Craig McDonald is an award-winning author and journalist. The Hector Lassiter series has been published to international acclaim in numerous languages. McDonald’s debut novel was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony and Gumshoe awards in the U.S. and the 2011 Sélection du prix polar Saint-Maur en Poche in France.

The Lassiter series has been enthusiastically endorsed by a who’s who of crime fiction authors including: Michael Connelly, Laura Lippmann, Daniel Woodrell, James Crumley, James Sallis, Diana Gabaldon, and Ken Bruen, among many others.

Hector Lassiter also features in short stories that have appeared in various crime fiction anthologies and will be published by Betimes Books in 2021 as a definitive collection entitled Write from Wrong.

Craig McDonald is also the author of two highly praised non-fiction volumes on the subject of mystery and crime fiction writing, Art in the Blood and Rogue Males, nominated for the Macavity Award.

Praise for Craig McDonald

“Nobody does mad pulp history like Craig McDonald. Reading a Hector Lassiter novel is like having a great uncle pull you aside, pour you a tumbler of rye, and tell you a story about how the 20th century really went down.”  —Duane Swierczynski

“While McDonald plucks your heartstrings, his wily hero Hector Lassiter will pound out a drum roll on your short ribs, and yes, you actually will be thankful for the experience.”  —Tom Piccirilli

“Craig McDonald proves he is a master of literary suspense in this riveting historical thriller set in the 1920s Paris of Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein.  Complex protagonists, shocking murders, and a gripping tale will leave you wanting more.”  —Stefanie Pintoff

“Experiencing the work of Craig McDonald is akin to experiencing a painting by Picasso, a dance by Baryshnikov, music by Tchaikovsky. No two people will experience it exactly the same, but everyone who does experience it will walk away richer.” —Jen Forbus, Jen’s Book Thoughts

“McDonald’s imaginative tales take an enjoyably different approach to art and murder.” —Publishers Weekly

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