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  • Bibliography:
    23 Books (1 Series)
  • First Book:
    June 2006
  • Latest Book:
    July 2023
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Full Series List in Order

Hector Lassiter

1 - Head Games (Sep-2007)
2 - Toros & Torsos (Sep-2008)
3 - Print the Legend (Feb-2010)
4 - One True Sentence (Feb-2011)

Book List in Order: 23 titles



  • James Ellroy, Dan Brown, Ian Rankin, George Pelacanoes, Ken Bruen, Michael Connelly, Ridley Pearson . . . the roster of writers interviewed in these pages includes those who have won Edgar, Shamus, Anthony and Macavity awards. The interviews were con...



  • Head Games is equal parts road novel, caper and historical fiction: a black comedy and wistful ballad of lost America rooted in borderland myth and history. Head Games' narrator is Hector Lassiter, now widowed and feeling his age. When Lassiter recov...



  • Hector Lassiter is a legendary crime novelist who writes what he lives and lives what he writes. But Hector frequently goes a step beyond, drawing friends and lovers into the tawdry and turbulent territory of his fiction. Now, the large-living pulp a...



  • In 2006, Craig McDonald published Art in the Blood, a collection of probing, long-form interviews with 20 major crime writers that was immediately hailed as a definitive text in the study of modern crime and mystery fiction.

    Now McDonald a gen...



  • Craig McDonald's debut, Head Games, a relentlessly slick and action packed literary caper novel, was shortlisted for the Edgar, Anthony, Crimespress and Gumshoe awards for Best First Novel. Now, with Print the Legend, McDonald exceeds the extraordin...



  • The Nazarene's words to him were simple: "Go and tell of God's compassion." And that is exactly what Simon of the Tombs determines to do. After all, no one knows better of God's compassion than he-the Nazarene has driven out a legion of demons that h...



  • Robert Henryson, the old schoolmaster of Dunfermline, is dying. Yet as Death presses upon him in these final days, more insistent still are his memories of four students -- the bright, passionate Isabel Inglis; the charismatic George Crichton; the so...



  • James IV’s war with England is a fool’s errand and is certain to bring tragedy to many a household in the Scottish Borders. But even before its men answer King James’ call to arms, Newark Castle suffers tragedy of its own. On a rainy morning in...



  • Paris, 1924. A city teeming with would-be poets, writers, and painters. Hector Lassiter, fledgling author and best friend of Ernest Hemingway, is crossing the Pont Neuf when he hears a body fall into the icy Seine -- the first in a string of brutal...






  • The news is full of it: escalating tensions from illegal immigration; headless bodies hanging off bridges and bounties placed on lawmen on both sides of the border. New Austin, Ohio, is a town grappling with waves of undocumented workers who exert tr...



  • "Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith." Who among the people of God would have expected Jesus to describe in such a remarkable way a centurion in the army of their oppressors? Yet the Nazarene preacher sees in Gra...





  • Key West, 1925: the USA’s southernmost point and the most un-American of American locales; a rowdy border town surrounded by water and populated by sports fishermen, naval veterans and Cuban revolutionists " misfits and mavericks, all. After seve...



  • Nazis, black magic and secret history collide in Craig McDonald’s The Great Pretender. In 2007, McDonald launched the Hector Lassiter series with the Edgar Award-nominated debut, "Head Games", pairing the globetrotting, larger-than-life crime novel...



  • World War II: the last good fight. In his own words, novelist Hector Lassiter confides the secret history of his clandestine campaigns in the European theatre and beyond, and his long, bloody battle of wits against a Nazi filmmaker. Aided by a beauti...



  • December 1950: A killer blizzard is smothering the Midwest. America is staggering into the Korean War and a Tennessee Senator has the nation riveted by his anticipated televised grilling of mob kingpins -- a public spectacle and galling embarrassment...



  • Ian Fleming and Hector Lassiter: Novelists, ex-spies and, at last, lions in winter.
    It’s 1963, and the future isn’t what it used to be. Lassiter senses the culture is slowly but surely shouldering him aside. Yet his friend Ian stands on the ...



  • In 2007, the Hector Lassiter series launched with "Head Games," a literary thriller set along the borderlands of 1957 America-a road novel that met with ecstatic reviews and international awards attention, including Edgar and Anthony nominations for ...



  • In this graphic novel adaptation of the Edgar-nominated novel Head Games, Craig McDonald blends history and legend to tell the tale of the classic hard-drinking, hard-living, and hard-boiled protagonist. Artist Kevin Singles brings this noir thril...






  • Border tensions are escalating to bloody violence; terrorist attacks on small-town American citizens and petty squabbles in far-flung locales threaten countless more lives.

    Welcome to America, circa 1916-1918, and two of the bloodiest conflic...



  • Across nearly a dozen internationally-acclaimed and awards-nominated novels, the Hector Lassiter series has beguiled readers with a secret history of 20th Century crime, politics and the arts.Hector-wanderer, lover and a fiction author frequently des...



  • USA, the Great Depression. Lester Dent and Walter Gibson are the most-prolific, widely published storytellers on earth, authors of Doc Savage and The Shadow magazines-ground-breaking pulp heroes inspiring Superman and Batman, and launching the comic ...



  • On a blustery December night, Zana and longtime companion Iain Rauenwich nearly fall victim to the worst bridge disaster in history, the infamous collapse of the Silver Bridge into the Ohio River. Spotted at the scene is a winged, hulking black beast...


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Craig McDonald has published 23 books.

Craig McDonald does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, The Mothman Menace, was published in July 2023.

The first book by Craig McDonald, Art in the Blood, was published in June 2006.

Yes. Craig McDonald has 1 series.