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

“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

Craig McDonald reads an excerpt from PRINT THE LEGEND

In March 2011, shortly after the publication of the French edition of PRINT THE LEGEND by Belfond, Craig was a guest of the Quai du Polar festival in Lyon, France. Scroll down and click on Play button to hear him reading the opening chapter (in English, of course): http://www.lanoirode.com/mcdonald.php Our edition of the novel is … Continue reading Craig McDonald reads an excerpt from PRINT THE LEGEND

How I Came to Write “ROLL THE CREDITS” (aka Hector Lassiter & WWII)

Craig McDonald about his inspiration for Roll the Credits. Fascinating! "Roll the Credits is, in short form, the Second World War and liberation of Paris seen through the eyes of author/screenwriter Hector Lassiter. But it's also a special novel in the Lassiter canon for me. Long before RTC, there was the Lassiter entry Head Games. … Continue reading How I Came to Write “ROLL THE CREDITS” (aka Hector Lassiter & WWII)

“Print the Legend” & the dark seduction of the writing life

The following essay by Craig McDonald is a re-presentation of a blog post originally written for Lesa Holstine's sight in March, 2010 upon release of his novel PRINT THE LEGEND in hardcover. The novel is now available for the first time in paperback, as well as eBook and audio formats: http://viewBook.at/Print_the_Legend “Print the Legend” & … Continue reading “Print the Legend” & the dark seduction of the writing life

COMING TOMORROW: “PRINT THE LEGEND”, THE DEFINITIVE EDITION

"Ernest Hemingway wrote, “All stories, if continued far enough, end in death.” It’s possible Hemingway’s 1961 death by shotgun blast was something other than the suicide history records. My new novel, Print the Legend, explores Hemingway’s demise: one of the most infamous of American authors’ deaths. Given its violent circumstances, it may also be the most unjustly under-investigated." Continue reading … Continue reading COMING TOMORROW: “PRINT THE LEGEND”, THE DEFINITIVE EDITION

Craig McDonald: “Why I write: One true sentence.”

Why I Write A while back, the wonderful Jen Forbus was collecting six-word memoirs from various crime and thriller writers. The exercise was inspired, she wrote, by the line attributed to Ernest Hemingway (a frequent supporting character in my Hector Lassiter novels) that resulted from a challenge to craft an über short story. The result, … Continue reading Craig McDonald: “Why I write: One true sentence.”

“In praise of James Ellroy, 2015 Grand Master” by Craig McDonald

"A writer’s public persona is one thing; the solitary craftsman who lives in his head, and works very much alone, is another creature entirely." Happy birthday to the great James Ellroy! Read Craig McDonald's tribute here: http://crimespreemag.com/ellroy-grand-master/ Watch James Ellroy's interview with Craig McDonald: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etgBzObQX9k

Join the Hector Lassiter competition before March 15!

Congratulations to the first ‪winners‬ of our Hector Lassiter ‪competition‬, Larry S. of Owensboro, KY & Tom W. of Bridgeport, CT! Don't miss YOUR chance to win two Craig McDonald's novels of your choice and join before MARCH 15! Details here: The Hector Lassiter Competition

The Hector Lassiter competition: Day 7

Tell us which novel is this and win two Hector Lassiter e-books of your choice if you are one of the first three people to give the correct answer: The clerk shrugged and slid across a ten-dollar bill at the old man who scooped it up. Fragments of brick rained down on me. But my … Continue reading The Hector Lassiter competition: Day 7

The Hector Lassiter competition: Day 5

Which novel is this? Win two Hector Lassiter e-books of your choice if you are one of the first three people to give the correct answer! Let’s drop that pretense,” she said, her hands clasping the back of his neck, urging his face down to her waiting mouth. They’d kicked off the sheets and chenille … Continue reading The Hector Lassiter competition: Day 5