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Print the Legend

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  59 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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.--MICHAELCONNELLY

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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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Sep 10, 2014 Karl rated it really liked it
Craig McDonald's series character HECTOR LASSITER is kind of a cool crime novelist and he is buddies with Ernest Hemingway. This is the third Hector Lassiter book in the series. I did not read the first two, and I understand they all revolve around famous historical figures. The previous book is called "TOROS & TORSOS" which deals with Fidel Castro in Cuba and takes place in 1935. The present book takes place in 1961 and revolves around Hemingway's death/murder and the search for one of Hemi ...more

My second Lassiter in the last few days and every bit as good as my first, Print the Legend. This one deals with the death of Hemingway, the FBI surveillance and disruption of artists and authors deemed by Hoover to be subversive and so much more. These books are hard to describe but they are just so good-- the right mix of intelligence and pulp. I mean what book has a character based on Watergate plotter, E. Howard Hunt, which deals with Hunt's pulp fiction career? Read it.
Feb 25, 2014 Montessahall rated it it was amazing
I am always drawn to books about Hemingway and this one
did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the pace of the story
along with the excellent character development. The characters
were engaging. My only negative comment is regarding the
ending which seemed a bit rushed. The ending was also sketchy
leaving out details that would have tied up some storyline
loose ends. The scene between Hoover and Lassiter was
out of place and somewhat confusing. Still, I liked the
book a great deal and have recommended it
This is a difficult book for me to review. Technically, it's a tight read, great phrasing and sparse language for the most part. There are some great ideas present, and it's quick to get through. The style itself is loosely modeled on the modern/postmodern methods that the story explores throughout with Hemingway and the Lost Gen. And there is definitely the fascinating historical aspect concerning Hoover's war on art and writers.

But the story itself is inconsistent. I did not get the sense tha
Lance Charnes
Jan 14, 2012 Lance Charnes rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of historical mystery, James Ellroy fans
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 Pap
Aug 02, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book but would probably never have picked it out if I hadn't heard about it on NPR. It reminded me of an old detective or film noir movie. I haven't read much that I have been impressed with lately, but I was pleasantly surprised that I would like a book of this genre so well. Plus, if you're interested in literature, the Hemingway story line adds a unique touch to what may otherwise have been a novel that would get lost in the crowd.
Mar 23, 2011 Camille rated it it was amazing
I love Hector Lassiter the main character in Mc Donald'books (since Head games)he's a man of the XXème century from the the 30's to the 60's,he's a great man always sincere with his friends like Hemingway or Dos Passos; and Hector is a real gentleman with women ;-)
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Nov 06, 2012 Jennifer Kilmurray rated it really liked it
Quirky, well researched and highly entertaining. This is the semi biographical story of the months following the death of Ernest Hemingway.
Jan 22, 2011 Joanne rated it liked it
listened. Interesting premise - did Mary Hemingway kill Ernest at his request?
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Edgar/Anthony-nominee Craig McDonald is an award-winning novelist, editor and journalist. His internationally acclaimed Hector Lassiter series includes "One True Sentence," "Forever's Just Pretend," "Toros & Torsos," "The Great Pretender," "Roll the Credits," "The Running Kind," "Print the Legend," "Three Chords & the Truth," "Write From Wrong," and "Head Games," which was a finalist for t ...more
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