Item description for Head Games by Craig Mcdonald...
Overview A dark comedy, historical tale of crime writer, Hector Lassiter is handed a carpet bag containing the long missing head of Mexican general Francisco "Pancho" Villa.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Sep 15, 2007
Publisher Bleak House Books
ISBN 1932557431 ISBN13 9781932557435
Availability 0 units.
More About Craig Mcdonald
Craig McDonald lives in Bristol, Tennessee, with Karen, his wife, and two cats, two dogs, and two hives of bees. Their daughter, Kate, and her husband, Justin Reynolds, live in the Borders of Scotland. Their son, Seth, and his wife, Kristine, live in Cincinnati, Ohio. For most of the last thirty years Craig has taught in the English Department at King College in Bristol. Besides writing, his hobbies are reading, gardening, carpentry, and watching British mysteries with Karen. He is the author of three other novels: Among His Personal Effects, An Early Fall, and In His Right Mind. Visit Craig McDonald's website at www.craigmcdonaldwriter.com.
Craig McDonald currently resides in Columbus Columbus. Craig McDonald was born in 1962 and has an academic affiliation as follows - UC Davis.
Reviews - What do customers think about Head Games?
So that's what the maguey cactus is for Aug 12, 2008
This was a hit in my book. Reading Head Games was reminiscent of reading some of the great crime noir of the past, especially the author's namesake (sic), John D. MacDonald. Such a cool feeling to read this stuff again. And with the backdrop of 1957, the New Mexico-Mexico border, the set of A Touch of Evil and sex with black and white bombshells, this debut novel really left me satisfied, smiling and wanting more.
So if you don't know what Pancho Villa used the cactus for, read the book and you'll never look at a cactus the same way.
A Head Is A Terrible Thing To Waste! Mar 25, 2008
Craig McDonald's first book is a winner. It has a lot of things going for it: originality, great dialogue, a dark streak of humor, and probably most important of all a main character that is, in this day of dime a dozen protagonists who seem interchangeable, a breath of fresh air.
Hector Lassiter is many things: a one-time pulp writer, a novelist, a screenwriter, an adventurer, a lover of fine women, and a man who is willing to do what it takes to get the job done. In this case the job is to thwart the bad guys and return the long decapitated head of Mexican legend Pancho Villa to its true resting place.
You can read a detailed summation of the plot here already, so no need for me to go into that. But what I would like to impress on a curious reader who is thinking of giving this book a try is that Hector is not like many other crime novel protagonists. He's a man with flaws and a definite dark side. He does some things that will make you wonder about his moral compass, but definitely make him more human and believable. For those of you who are sick of so many of todays crime series heroes who never seem to age or change or develop this book is for you, because Hector ages, changes and develops right here in this one book.
I loved the book and wait with much anticipation for the prequel which is titled Toros & Torsos and is due out in late Summer/early Fall. I hope Mr. McDonald will treat us to many more of his imaginative works because he is simply a first rate writer.
Heads Up! Mar 19, 2008
Heads roll, get duffled around, and blown apart. Hard to believe this is McDonald's first novel. The absurd plot has some historical twists that kept me reading more. This book is out there...far out. Congratulations on having a wicked imagination, Craig!
A fun read Mar 10, 2008
This is a fun read - especially if you have some down time by the beach! I enjoyed the antiquated writing style, and the fictional encounters with larger than life personas from the 50's. A unique tale that is fun to read, but not overly brainy.
clever and funny Nov 10, 2007
This was a fun book to read, full of real history and leaving you wanting more.