Created by Craig McDonald
Pulp novleist and Black Mask contributor HECTOR LASSITER is more manly than you.
Or the United States Marine Corps, for that matter.
In two romping, stomping, wickedly imaginative historical crime novels (so far, but more are promised) by Craig (El Galivan) McDonald, Lassiter, a combo of Ernest Hemingway and Rambo, manages to romp all over the twentieth century.
Along the way, he runs into -- and generally kicks the ass of serial killers, Mexican banditos, crooked cops, hurricanes, misguided revolutionaries, the CIA, assorted tyrants and thugs and various participants in the Spanish Civil War. He also bumps into everyone from Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Salvador Dali, John Huston and John Dos Passos to Papa himself, and lives to tell the tales.
It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it. And Hector is just that man, a hard-living, hard-loving, hard-drinking, hard-fighting and hard-writing son of a bitch who lives by the credo of writing what you know. And sticking his nose wherever the Hell he damn well wants.
I'm not sure how serious McDonald is about all this -- he's recently published a book with the promising title of Rogue Males, which consists of interviews about writing with assorted "mavericks, trailblazers and... gadflies" (all manly men, of course, including Elmore Leonard, Jasmes Crumley, Lee Child, etc.). But trust me -- the Hector books are a hoot.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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