On July 15, 2019, Down & Out Books will release my new novel, ONCE A WORLD.
While a kind of prequel to my Edgar/Anthony Awards nominated novel, HEAD GAMES, the new work is also very much a standalone novel...a portrait of the crime novelist as a young man.
Here's the pitch:
ONCE A WORLD
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 conflicts that starkly defined an era.
Teenage Hector Lassiter, an aspiring author inspired by propaganda and a siren’s song of throbbing war drums, lies about his age, mounts a horse, and storms across the Mexican border behind General “Black Jack” Pershing and George S. Patton to bring the terrorist and Revolutionary General Pancho Villa to justice.
Soon, the still underage Hector is shipped off to the bloody trenches of France, fighting the so-called “War to End All Wars” where he meets fellow novelists-in-waiting, John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway.
Once A World is a love story at once epic and intimate; a portrait of the artist, and his country of birth, at a defining moment in their storied history.
Edgar- and Anthony Awards finalist Craig McDonald, author of the internationally bestselling Hector Lassiter series, delivers an adventure novel and historical thriller for the still-uncertain 21st Century.
“The competition for the future of crime fiction is fierce, as it should be, but don’t take your eyes off Craig McDonald. He’s wily, talented and—rarest of the rare—a true original. I am always eager to see what he’s going to do next.” —Laura Lippman
“With each of his Hector Lassiter novels, Craig McDonald has stretched his canvas wider and unfurled tales of increasingly greater resonance.” —Megan Abbott
“Nobody does mad pulp history like Craig McDonald. Reading a Hector Lassiter novel is like having a great uncle pull you aside, pour you a tumbler of rye, and tell you a story about how the 20th century really went down.” —Duane Swierczynski
“A writer of truly unique voice, approach and ambition.” —Michael Koryta
Hector Lassiter, Black Mask Magazine legend, crime novelist and screenwriter rubs shoulders with a who's who of 20th Century legends including Ernest Hemingway, Doc Savage creator Lester Dent, Walter B. Gibson of Shadow fame and Orson Wells.
HEAD GAMES, THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
A pulp-noir adaptation of the Edgar Award-nominated novel introducing Black Mask author, crime novelist and screenwriter Hector Lassiter.
Edgar®/Anthony/Macavity/Gumshoe/Crimespree nominated novelist of HEAD GAMES: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, ONCE A WORLD, WRITE FROM WRONG, ONE TRUE SENTENCE, FOREVER'S JUST PRETEND, TOROS & TORSOS, THE GREAT PRETENDER, ROLL THE CREDITS, THE RUNNING KIND, HEAD GAMES, PRINT THE LEGEND, DEATH IN THE FACE, THREE CHORDS & THE TRUTH, EL GAVILAN, PARTS UNKNOWN, CARNIVAL NOIR, CABAL and ANGELS OF DARKNESS. Nonfiction titles include ART IN THE BLOOD and ROGUE MALES: CONVERSATIONS & CONFRONTATIONS ABOUT THE WRITING LIFE.
ONCE A WORLD — The acclaimed prequel to the Hector Lassiter series
Hector Lassiter's story begins, from his journey into Mexico to catch Pancho Villa, to the bloody trenches of World War I.
ONE TRUE SENTENCE (Hector Lassiter Series #1)
Hector Lassiter Series: #1 Bestseller, Amazon.com.au; One Of BookPeople's Top 10 Of 2011 & Poisoned Pen Staff Favorite. "Vivid, remarkable characters... Absolutely gripping!"—Diana Gabaldon
FOREVER'S JUST PRETEND (HECTOR LASSITER SERIES #2)
Hector Lassiter Series: #3 Bestseller, Amazon.com.au! "Entertaining...a must read for series fans &...for new readers."—Publishers Weekly
TOROS & TORSOS (HECTOR LASSITER SERIES #3)
Hector Lassiter Series: #4 Bestseller, Amazon.com.au! Named to numerous Year's Best Lists! "A bold, ambitious, genre-bending novel."—George Pelecanos
THE GREAT PRETENDER (HECTOR LASSITER SERIES #4)
Hector Lassiter Series: #2 Bestseller, Amazon.com.au! "McDonald cagily splits up the action, with Welles in full enfant terrible mode in the first half of the book—much of the story unfolds on the night of the infamous War of the Worlds broadcast in 1938—while the second takes place in the late 1940s as the filmmaker's star is already burning out."—Vince Keenan, author of DOWN THE HATCH
ROLL THE CREDITS (HECTOR LASSITER SERIES #5)
Hector Lassiter Series: #5 Bestseller, Amazon.com.au! "A writer of truly unique voice, approach, and ambition, Craig McDonald delivers again with ROLL THE CREDITS. Not to be missed." —Michael Koryta
THE RUNNING KIND (HECTOR LASSITER SERIES #6)
"Just the right amount of history, suspense, action and familiar faces to make his alternative history fascinating."—Terry Bowman, author of FIONA'S RULES
HEAD GAMES (HECTOR LASSITER SERIES #7)
Hector Lassiter series: Edgar & Anthony Awards Finalist! #5 Bestseller, Amazon.com.au! Coming autumn 2017 as a graphic novel from First Second! "Smart, it's funny, and it moves like a roach when the lights go on."—James Sallis
PRINT THE LEGEND (HECTOR LASSITER SERIES #8)
Named To More Than A Dozen Year's Best Lists; the most translated of the internationally best-selling series of novels! "An epic masterpiece.”—Michael Connelly.
DEATH IN THE FACE (HECTOR LASSITER SERIES #9)
The penultimate Hector Lassiter novel with 007-creator Ian Fleming; selected by The Rap Sheet as a 2015 novel of the year; praised by Publishers Weekly and Booklist!
THREE CHORDS & THE TRUTH (Hector Lassiter series #10)
The climax of the Hector Lassiter series, from Betimes Books. "With THREE CHORDS & THE TRUTH, Craig McDonald has crafted a remarkable coda to the series."—Steven Powell, author of JAMES ELLROY: DEMON DOG OF CRIME FICTION; "Grabs the reader by the throat." —Publishers Weekly. Get your copy here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0D4UFX
Now Available from Betimes Books
Starred Review From Publishers Weekly! PW Pick of the Week. "As sobering and as urgent as tomorrow's headlines."—Publishers Weekly
PARTS UNKNOWN (CHRIS LYON SERIES #1)
#1 in Chris Lyon series of eBook exclusive thrillers, now available
CARNIVAL NOIR (CHRIS LYON SERIES #2)
#2 in Chris Lyon series of eBook exclusive thrillers, now available.
CABAL (CHRIS LYON SERIES #3)
#3 in Chris Lyon series of eBook exclusive thrillers, now available.
ANGELS OF DARKNESS (CHRIS LYON SERIES #4)
#4 in Chris Lyon series of eBook exclusive thrillers, now available and featuring Hector Lassiter!