Sunday, April 1, 2012


EL GAVILAN is currently available for free download for your Kindle and Nook.

The novel is also a finalist for a Spinetingler Award. Please consider casting a vote in its favor HERE.

The novel deals with illegal immigration in Ohio and the ripple effects of a single murder in a small Buckeye town. It is also based on real events.

Along with that other 2011 novel, ONE TRUE SENTENCE, EL GAVILAN was selected for numerous year's best lists.

Some nice things readers have said about EL GAVILAN:

"Searing. Sobering and as urgent as tomorrow's headlines. McDonald deftly...dissects one of America's most tormenting social problems."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"An addictive read."
—Library Journal

"Everything you'd hope to get from a modern day master stretching his impressive-as-all-hell wings."
—Spinetingler Magazine

"A fascinating thriller...highly recommended."
—The Drowning Machine

"A thoroughly gripping crime story."
—Mystery Scene

—Suspense Magazine

"A major step forward for [McDonald's] already formidable breadth and range."
—Barnes & Noble Book Club

"An awesome novel..."
—The Mystery Bookshelf

"Timely and alarming."
—Mystery Lovers Bookshop

"Craig McDonald has aced it."
—Huntington News

"McDonald explores values, attitudes, emotion, ethics, relationships, and the nature of intolerance in a satisfying, thought-provoking novel."

"This might be 2011's most relevant crime novel."
—Patrick Shawn Bagley

There's a slick new crime magazine filled with top-drawer fiction and nonfiction on the market.
The first issue of GRIFT is now available.

The official lineup includes:

Scott Phillips on the Factory novels of Derek Raymond
Ray Banks on film adaptations of Charles Willeford’s books
Lawrence Block on his various experiments with storytelling styles
Chris Rhatigan’s long interview with author Julie Morrigan
My even longer interview with author Chris Offutt
My review of the three novels of John Rector

It also features brand new stories from Jack Bates, Ken Bruen, Alec Cizak, Matthew C. Funk, Chris F. Holm, Craig McDonald, Court Merrigan, Thomas Pluck, Keith Rawson and Todd Robinson.

You can get yours HERE.


A new collection of interviews with the Demon Dog has been assembled by Steven Powell for the prestigious University Press of Mississippi "Conversations With..." series. Three of the four interviews I conducted with Ellroy are contained in the volume. You can learn more about it HERE.

Also, you can check out the Walter Mosley edition, which also contains a couple of my conversations with Mr. Mosley HERE.

Author Jean Henry Mead has assembled a new collection of author interviews including talks with a slew of authors including Lawrence Block, Sue Grafton and myself.

Apart from an interview with Ms. Mead regarding PRINT THE LEGEND, the Hemingway legacy and the distinctions between crime and mystery writing, I also contribute an original essay on the craft of fiction.

You can get your copy HERE.

On a PRINT THE LEGEND note, the third Hector Lassiter novel will appear in translation in Italy (as KILL THE LEGEND) in middle May. Here's a sneak peek at the cover of the Italian edition.

New translation rights have also recently been sold for TOROS & TORSOS (more to come on that). HEAD GAMES will also be appearing in Mexico at last. (More on that to come, too.)

Check back here soon for a coming announcement regarding something new tied to both the Hector Lassiter series, and EL GAVILAN, exclusively in eBook format...