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

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

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”

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

Some like to listen dangerously…

                           Readergal from Booklist about the voice of Hector Lassiter: Lust for Listening Readergal has quite a few invisible boyfriends who talk to her. She has complete control over when they speak and what they talk about. And she has one for almost every … Continue reading Some like to listen dangerously…

REACH THE SHINING RIVER: “Lover man”, excerpt & soundtrack

Bill Call leaned over his coffee, peering at Arlene. “When was the last time you saw Eddie?” Without answering him or even excusing herself, Arlene rose and went to the bathroom. She locked the door, splashed water on her face, and sat on the toilet. On the back of the door was a framed photograph … Continue reading REACH THE SHINING RIVER: “Lover man”, excerpt & soundtrack

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)

New cover art for REACH THE SHINING RIVER

   Cover art: Keith Mallett Cover design: JT Lindroos We hope you would agree that this is a striking new cover for Kevin Stevens' novel REACH THE SHINING RIVER, with its soundtrack of jazz and blues. The lady on the cover is, of course, Arlene Gray, wonderfully described in this reader's review: "Arlene cleans hotel … Continue reading New cover art for REACH THE SHINING RIVER

“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

Why “Betimes”?

People often ask us about the meaning of "betimes" and why "Betimes Books"? So here is the explanation: "Betimes" means "before its time" and, beside the obvious attraction of the word, we love this Hamlet's line: "We defy augury. There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis not … Continue reading Why “Betimes”?

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

Australian promotion for REACH THE SHINING RIVER by Kevin Stevens

Australian readers, don't miss Kevin Stevens beautiful historical crime novel REACH THE SHINING RIVER for only 0.99 AUD: http://www.amazon.com.au/REACH-SHINING-RIVER-Kevin-Stevens-ebook/dp/B00JYBISXM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1429692688&sr=1-1&keywords=Reach+the+Shining+River “Not only a solid murder mystery, but equally a colourful and thought-provoking study of a moment in time. With the rhythm and cadence of the prose, echoing the blues soundtrack that underscored the whole book, Stevens … Continue reading Australian promotion for REACH THE SHINING RIVER by Kevin Stevens

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