Print the Legend (Hector Lassiter Series #3)
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Print the Legend (Hector Lassiter Series #3)

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by Craig McDonald
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312554370

ISBN-13: 9780312554378

Pub. Date: 02/16/2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Ingeniously plotted and executed, Print the Legend is an epic masterpiece from Craig McDonald. Beginning to end, I was riveted by this story of character, history and intrigue.—MICHAEL CONNELLY

The competition for the future of crime fiction is fierce, but don't take your eyes off Craig McDonald. He's wily, talented and — rarest of the

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Ingeniously plotted and executed, Print the Legend is an epic masterpiece from Craig McDonald. Beginning to end, I was riveted by this story of character, history and intrigue.—MICHAEL CONNELLY

The competition for the future of crime fiction is fierce, 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

What critics might call eclectic, and Eastern folks quirky, we Southerners call cussedness — and it's the cornerstone of the American genius. As in: "There's a right way, a wrong way, and my way." You want to see how that looks on the page, pick up any of Craig McDonald's novels. He's built him a nice little shack out there way off all the reg'lar roads, and he's brewing some fine, heady stuff. Leave your money under the rock and come back in an hour. —JAMES SALLIS

With Print the Legend, with a James Ellroy-like scope and vision of national history, McDonald takes on governmental conspiracy, Hemingway hagiography, the under-history of the FBI, the Death of the Author (literal and figurative) and the tantalizing, destructive mythologization of the Writer's Life. While the scale is immense, McDonald's hand is deft, and we never forget that, at its center, this is a human story, complex and bruising and deeply felt. —MEGAN ABBOTT

"Print the Legend is a landmark book. Lassiter for me is the Flashman/Zelig of the new era, but with a ferocious literary knowledge that is worn so lightly. A book beyond genre, stunning." —KEN BRUEN

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 extraordinary promise of his debut, delivering a consummate mystery about a conspiracy gone wrong, and the outer edges of creative jealousy and obsessive revenge.

It was the shot heard around the world: On July 2, 1961, Ernest Hemingway died from a shotgun blast to the head... 4 years later, two men have come to Idaho to confront the widow Hemingway—men who have doubts about the circumstances of Hemingway's death. One is crime novelist Hector Lassiter, the oldest and best of Hem's friends...the last man standing of the Lost Generation. Hector has heard rumors of some surviving Hemingway manuscripts: a "lost" chapter of A Moveable Feast and a full-length novel written by a deluded Hemingway that Hector fears might compromise his own reputation. The other man is professor Richard Paulson, who along with his pregnant wife Hannah, herself an aspiring writer, is bent on proving that Mary Hemingway murdered Papa. As Hector digs into the mystery of Hemingway's lost writings, he uncovers an audacious, decades-long conspiracy tied to the emergent art movements of 1920's Paris, the most duplicitous of Cold War espionage tactics, and J. Edgar Hoover's FBI...

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ISBN-13:
9780312554378
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/16/2010
Series:
Hector Lassiter Series, #3
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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Print the Legend (Hector Lassiter Series #3) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
On July 2, 1961, writer Ernest Hemingway apparently committed suicide with a shotgun blast to his head. Four years later, a "Papa" academia conference in Sun Valley, Idaho is convened. Expected to make an appearance is the late great writer's third and last wife Mary. Three men arriving in Sun Valley hope to meet with the widow demanding she answer questions they have surrounding her husband's death. The last survivor of the Lost Generation, Hemingway's friend crime novelist Hector Lassiter has heard rumors that manuscripts never published exist; including a novel by the deluded Papa that casts several of his friends in a bad light. Hemingway scholar Professor Richard Paulson and his pregnant wife Hannah believe Mary killed Hemingway and they plan to prove it. They seek the truth not out of some form of justice as the Paulsons believe she committed a mercy killing, but to make his reputation. The third person on a mission is aging FBI Agent Donovan Creedy who obsessively believes a homicide occurred and just can't let it go. The premise that Mary killed her husband Hemingway in a mercy killing is carried out brilliantly in the latest Hector Lassiter mystery (see Toros & Torsos). The cast makes the tale as the three men; Mary and Papa (through the memories of Mary and Hec, and the beliefs of Creedy and Paulson) collide in 1965 Idaho. Fans will be enthralled as Print the Legend is a terrific historical thriller that grips readers with its exciting look at the shocking 1961 death of a literary great. Harriet Klausner
Lance_Charnes More than 1 year ago
McDonald's tale of crime, fraud, academic vainglory and the erection of myths is a tour de force. An original embroidery on an actual event -- Ernest Hemingway's 1961 suicide in Idaho -- Print the Legend weaves together McCarthyism, the CIA and a bushel of secrets and lies unearthed by one of the more unlikely mystery heroes in recent memory: 60+ year-old Hemingway crony and crime-fiction author Hector Lassiter. Vivid settings, sharp characterizations and spot-on dialog make this trip through Papa's legend an Ellroy-esque roll in historical mud. Acid portraits abound of people both real (Hemingway's venomous widow Mary) and fictional (the unctuous academician, a Javert-like spook-nemesis). The action when it occurs is fast and clearly drawn; a birth scene late in the story is more horrific than many a fictional murder I've read. Lassiter is fine, cranky company through the tangled web of myth and reality. Lassiter appears in some of McDonald's other works. If he's as good company in these other books as he is in this one, I have some reading to do.