E-book rights to Kevin Stevens’ novel “Reach the Shining River” licensed to Endeavour Press

Following on from the success of "Francesca" by Donald Finnaeus Mayo, we are delighted to announce the new release of the Ebook edition of Kevin Stevens' novel "Reach the Shining River" by the UK's leading independent digital publisher, Endeavour Press. It is now available for order on Amazon here.   Our own trade paperback is also … Continue reading E-book rights to Kevin Stevens’ novel “Reach the Shining River” licensed to Endeavour Press

Craig McDonald’s reading in Dublin as if you were there

Thanks to all who attended last night's reading in Dublin! For those who weren't there, here is a recording of the event: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1ypKdPmjArRKW If you want to read the excerpt that Craig read last night, the first chapter of Head Games, click here: viewBook.at/HeadGames_McDonald And here is Craig McDonald's speech and a few pictures of … Continue reading Craig McDonald’s reading in Dublin as if you were there

Literary suicides: excerpt from PRINT THE LEGEND by Craig McDonald

"Hector sat in a booth alone in the back of the Italian restaurant. The freezing rain was lashing the windows and the trees lining the streets of Georgetown looked like glass sculptures. He took another sip of red wine and pulled the letter from his pocket. He read it five times: Poor dearest Pickle: There … Continue reading Literary suicides: excerpt from PRINT THE LEGEND by Craig McDonald

Kindle promotion in Australia for TOROS & TORSOS

Kindle edition for only 99 cents!   “Nothing short of a surrealistic masterwork.”  —Chicago Tribune “McDonald’s imaginative tale takes an enjoyably different approach to art and murder.” —Publishers Weekly “In his lush, sprawling novel Craig McDonald draws together both the timeliest markers of mid-century America—modernism, surrealism, film noir, pulp fiction, communism—and the eternal touchstones of … Continue reading Kindle promotion in Australia for TOROS & TORSOS

An Interview with Craig McDonald: The Hector Lassiter Series

An exceptional, in-depth, interview with Craig McDonald by Steven Powell, a researcher at the University of Liverpool, UK.

Steven Powell is the editor of Conversations with James Ellroy (2012) and 100 American Crime Writers(2012). He has written several articles for the British Politics Review, blogs about crime fiction at VenetianVase.co.uk, and co-organized the “James Ellroy: Visions of Noir” conference at the University of Liverpool. His most recent work is James Ellroy: Demon Dog of Crime Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan 2016).

10 Three Chords“If you are not already initiated, I hope this interview will persuade you to start reading the Lassiter novels. They are compelling, thrilling and darkly humorous.

Lassiter is a brilliant creation…”

 

The Venetian Vase

Craig McDonald is an author and journalist. He has written fourteen novels, including, to date, nine books in the award-winning Hector Lassiter series. I have kept up a correspondence with Craig these past few years as we are both avid readers of James Ellroy. I’m also a massive fan of the Lassiter novels, and when Craig agreed to be interviewed by me, he also kindly supplied an advance copy of the final novel in the Lassiter series, the forthcoming Three Chords and the Truth. If you are not already initiated, I hope this interview will persuade you to start reading the Lassiter novels. They are compelling, thrilling and darkly humorous. Lassiter is a brilliant creation– a crime writer who learned his trade with Ernest Hemingway and the Lost Generation in Paris in the 1920s. He is also a man who seems dangerously prone to violent intrigue, doomed love affairs…

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Five-star review of DEATH IN THE FACE by Craig McDonald

Death in the Face (Hector Lassiter Novel #9) by Craig McDonald I loved traveling with author Hector Lassiter, his fellow friend Ian Fleming, and his devastating companion along the way, Haven Branch. Felt like I was right there with them on the planes and trains and in the restaurants, cafés and clubs. Combining writing, spying, … Continue reading Five-star review of DEATH IN THE FACE by Craig McDonald

HEAD GAMES: 90th anniversary of the theft of Pancho’s head

"Ninety years ago (on Feb. 6, to be precise), someone broke into the grave of assassinated Mexican Revolutionary General Francisco "Pancho" Villa and made off with his head. Pancho's skull remains MIA, so far as we know officially, on this 90th anniversary of the sacking of his grave. Just a very few years ago, one … Continue reading HEAD GAMES: 90th anniversary of the theft of Pancho’s head

DEATH IN THE FACE on a “Holiday Wish List” in BookList

Booklist Feature Article She Reads: Holiday Wish Lists Stover, Kaite Mediatore (author) "Dear Santa, I’m not going to bore you with an annual report of my behavior—virtuous or villainous. Suffice to say I was a very good reader, and I’d like some more, please. For my holiday reading, I hope I find these books under … Continue reading DEATH IN THE FACE on a “Holiday Wish List” in BookList

Publishers Weekly review of DEATH IN THE FACE

"Set in 1962, McDonald's fine ninth Hector Lassiter novel (after Print the Legend) takes the 62-year-old writer and an old friend of his, 54-year-old Ian Fleming (the creator of James Bond), to Japan. Ostensibly, Fleming is to do research for an Asian-set 007 novel, and Lassiter is covering Fleming's trip for Playboy magazine. In fact, … Continue reading Publishers Weekly review of DEATH IN THE FACE

DEATH IN THE FACE on the “Favorite Crime Fiction of 2015” list in The Rap Sheet

• Death in the Face, by Craig McDonald (Betimes): Those of us who inhale the Hector Lassiter series (starting with 2007’s Edgar-nominated Head Games) enjoyed a big year in 2014, so it was fair to expect that 2015 might be a bit on the quiet side. Happily, this was not the case, as McDonald released … Continue reading DEATH IN THE FACE on the “Favorite Crime Fiction of 2015” list in The Rap Sheet

An excerpt from DEATH IN THE FACE by Craig McDonald

Something Wicked This Way Comes   Sean Connery, dressed in his immaculate gray Anthony Sinclair-tailored James Bond suit with pale blue shirt and black knit tie, nodded for another bira—a beer—and said to Hector in his juicy, Glaswegian Scots accent, “I’ve read your stuff, Mr. Lassiter. Much of what I’ve read I’ve quite loved. Let’s … Continue reading An excerpt from DEATH IN THE FACE by Craig McDonald

Translation rights news: PRINT THE LEGEND to be published in Mongolia

Craig McDonald's novel PRINT THE LEGEND (#8 in the internationally acclaimed Hector Lassiter series) is going to be translated into Mongolian and published by Bolor Sudar Publishers in 2016. Hector Lassiter novels have been translated so far into French, Italian, Spanish (Mexico), Japanese, Korean and Russian. Listen to an excerpt read by Craig McDonald and … Continue reading Translation rights news: PRINT THE LEGEND to be published in Mongolia

Translation rights news: Sam Hawken

Just released: the German-language edition of Sam Hawken's novel La Frontera   Published by Polar Verlag. Translated by Karen Witthuhn (click on the cover for the link to the German edition) Sam Hawken's first novel The Dead Women of Juarez was translated into French and German and short-listed for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award. … Continue reading Translation rights news: Sam Hawken

“DEATH IN THE FACE is my love letter to that strange sad man Ian Fleming”

Craig McDonald about his new novel: DEATH IN THE FACE: THE YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE FACTOR (Caution: Mild spoilers ahead for the James Bond novel and film, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE.) In 1962, a gravely ill Ian Fleming went to Japan to research what would result in his penultimate James Bond novel, YOU ONLY LIVE … Continue reading “DEATH IN THE FACE is my love letter to that strange sad man Ian Fleming”

Review of Craig McDonald’s DEATH IN THE FACE by Les Edgerton

This latest in Craig McDonald’s Hector Lassiter series—Death in the Face--is perhaps his finest. It’s my fervent hope that this isn’t the last in this wonderful series!   Like all the previous books in this series, McDonald sheds light on some of the most important literary figures of the past near-century on a personal level … Continue reading Review of Craig McDonald’s DEATH IN THE FACE by Les Edgerton

DEATH IN THE FACE: THE STRANGE LIFE & DEATH OF YUKIO MISHIMA

Craig McDonald about Yukio Mishima, one of the characters in his latest Hector Lassiter novel, Death in the Face: "Yukio Mishima (born Kimitake Hiraoka) was a gifted novelist and one of Japan’s great literary figures. He was a true renaissance man who composed nearly three dozen novels, nearly as many books of essays, more than … Continue reading DEATH IN THE FACE: THE STRANGE LIFE & DEATH OF YUKIO MISHIMA

A fabulous review of Craig McDonald’s TOROS & TORSOS

"I would highly recommend TOROS & TORSOS as a gripping and compulsive mystery, and one of the best novels I have come across to explore how an art movement is defined by its time and setting. But if the surrealists were to be believed, art defines its time and setting." Read the full text here: … Continue reading A fabulous review of Craig McDonald’s TOROS & TORSOS

HEAD GAMES features in Amazon Australia’s Winter Sale

After the big success of the first five Hector Lassiter novels, Australian fans of the series can discover the now-cult  Edgar® Award finalist HEAD GAMES -- for only AUS $0.99: http://www.amazon.com.au/Head-Games-Hector-Lassiter-novel-ebook/dp/B00SFQEQ92/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1437602800&sr=1-6 Read Craig McDonald's blog post to learn more about the novel and the series: http://craigmcdonaldbooks.blogspot.ie/2015/07/head-games-hello-again-australia.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68ciKIvQ5GI

Sam Hawken’s novel MISSING nominated for CWA awards in two categories!

Congratulations to Sam Hawken! His novel MISSING is nominated for the CWA Dagger Awards in the UK in TWO categories: the Gold Dagger: http://thecwa.co.uk/the-daggers/categories/goldsboro-gold/ (see Sam Hawken's page here: http://thecwa.co.uk/missing/)  the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger: http://thecwa.co.uk/the-daggers/categories/ian-fleming-steel/ (the novel page: http://thecwa.co.uk/missing-2/) We are proud to have published Sam Hawken's novel La Frontera, "another glorious and affecting Mexico-influenced novel."