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Craig McDonald's Biography

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Jan 2008

Craig McDonald is an award-winning journalist, editor and fiction writer. His short fiction has appeared in literary magazines, anthologies and several online crime fiction sites.

His debut novel, Head Games, was published by Bleak House Books in September 2007. It was selected as a 2008 Edgar Award® finalist for Best First Novel By An American Author. Head Games was also selected as a 2008 Gumshoe Award finalist for Best First Novel and a 2008 Anthony Award finalist for Best First Novel. A graphic novel of Head Games, scripted by McDonald, is forthcoming from First Second.

Toros & Torsos, his second novel, was published September 2008 by Bleak House Books. That novel pits Edgar Award®-nominated character Hector Lassiter against a cabal of killer surrealists in a historical thriller spanning the Florida Keys' hurricane of 1935, the Spanish Civil War, post-war LA and the opening days of the Castro regime in 1959. The cast of characters includes Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth and John Huston.

The third and fourth novels in the Lassiter series are available from Minotaur Books. The first of these, Print the Legend, was realeased February 16, 2010. The fourth, One True Sentence, will appear winter 2011.

His nonfiction books include Art In the Blood, a collection of interviews with 20 major crime authors which appeared in 2006, and Rogue Males: Conversations & Confrontations About the Writing Life, a second collection of interviews with authors. Rogue Males, is available from Bleak House Books.

McDonald was also a contributor to the NYT's nonfiction bestseller, Secrets of the Code. He recently won national awards for his profiles of crime novelists James Crumley, Daniel Woodrell and James Sallis.

He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers and SICCO. He is also a contributing columnist for Crimespree Magazine.


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