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One True Sentence

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  74 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Paris, 1924. A city teeming with would-be poets, writers, and painters. Hector Lassiter, fledgling author and best friend of Ernest Hemingway, is crossing the Pont Neuf when he hears a body fall into the icy Seine — the first in a string of brutal murders of literary magazine editors that throw a shroud over the City of Light.

Frantic to stop the killings, Gertrude Stein ga
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sep 18, 2014 Karl rated it really liked it
Ah life in Paris during the Roaring 20's. At one point I was going to try and keep track of all the famous names that Prance and stumble their way through this book as either minor characters of pass by scribes, poets or painters. Then I cam to the conclusion that was just plane silly. I was a bit surprised how harshly McDonald delt with Aleister Crowley.

As this is the third Lassiter novel it was quite refreshing to find him introduce a fascinating love interest for Lassiter, an author named Bri
Dan Ames
Jul 12, 2011 Dan Ames rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Fast-paced action, great sex scenes, and an unforgettable setting. Hector Lassiter never lets me down - Craig McDonald makes sure of that. Highly recommended!
V.R. Barkowski
Feb 10, 2015 V.R. Barkowski rated it it was amazing
Set in 1924 Paris amidst a circle of expatriate American novelists and poets, including Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, McDonald's ONE TRUE SENTENCE is one true original. The novel's hard-drinking, pleasure-seeking protagonist Hector Lassiter is a pulp writer cum sleuth, searching for a serial killer who targets literary editors. Hector is a compelling hero, flawed but with a solid moral center. He understands there is not always a true right or wrong, and even when there is, it may not mea ...more
Mar 19, 2011 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, mystery
Hector Lassiter or “Lasso” as his best friend Ernest Hemingway calls him, is an American crime writer in 1920’s Paris. Gertrude Stein solicits Hector’s aid in solving a series of murders of literary magazine editors. He becomes a part of her team of sleuths, composed of crime and mystery writers. Lassiter interacts with many notables of the day—Sylvia Beach, Man Ray and Aleister Crowley all make appearances, which adds historical interest to the story.

The mystery was well done—a generally enjoy
Chris Eirschele
Jun 06, 2015 Chris Eirschele rated it it was amazing
One True Sentence was not published first but chronologically it does introduce the main character, Hector Lassiter, and the friendship he has with Hemmingway. This story takes place in Paris in the 1920s when struggling American writers in the "City of Lights" were desperate for acceptance. Craig McDonald's series are set in the places Hemmingway lived, but the stories are pure writer meets detective. In One True Sentence someone is killing publishers and Hem and Lasso are in the thick of findi ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it
The Hector Lassiter books by Craig McDonald get points for innovation if nothing else. Lassiter, a pulp crime writer living in Paris during the 1920s, is an invention wholly of McDonald’s own, but the cast of supporting characters are drawn from real life literary figures from the era. Gertrude Stein, Alistair Crowley, Ford Maddox Ford, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound—they all make appearances in the novel. Ernest Hemingway is even cast as Hector’s sidekick, a sure bit of revisionist Hagiogr ...more
Kylie Holcombe
Oct 07, 2015 Kylie Holcombe rated it it was ok
an average murder plot with a load of characters, much of whom swing between names, nicknames and aliases, it was quite hard to follow at times. I really didn't like the main characters and had to make myself finish the book.
Mar 23, 2011 Dylan rated it really liked it
From the moment I began reading this book, the only thing I thought of was "The Sun Also Rises". I had previously read that book a few months ago and enjoyed it very much, so of course i felt the same about this book. While the writing to me seemed simple it definitely did the job, drawing me in to read page after page. I am not usually big on crime novels and had i not won this i never would've thought to pick it up. Glad I got to read it though, because it really was a good read, kept me on ed ...more
Apr 21, 2013 Betty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, france
This audio book was read by an actor who adds his dimension to this intriguing take on 1920s Paris and the literary scene. His pronunciation of French names was close but could have been better. Clever use of famous writers such as Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway as well as using the poet William Carlos Williams as a doctor, which he was (altho I didn't think he spent any time in Paris but I haven't read a full bio so maybe he did). Also good that the author didn't glamorize Paris. Recommend ...more
Erik Deckers
Aug 19, 2014 Erik Deckers rated it it was amazing
My favorite Craig McDonald story, and it has made me a big fan of Hector Lassiter!
Sep 15, 2011 Martinet rated it liked it
Fun little mystery, enjoyed the characters (protagonist is a crime writer who's best friends with Hemingway in 1924 Paris), interesting twists. It has made me want to read the others in the series (this is the 4th), as well as The Paris Wife (new novel about Hadley Hemingway). I just have to say, though, that this book had TERRIBLE proofreading--mixing up "your" and "you're" and repeating the misspelling "Madamoiselle" several times, among other sins? The firing of copy editors is not a good ref ...more
Sep 04, 2014 Linda marked it as to-read
Shelves: fiction
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Dec 05, 2011 Lisaann rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant. This is the 3rd novel in a series, and I can't wait to read the first two. Bohemian Paris...all the great writers...Hemingway, Stein, the list goes on. It is a bit racy, but a fun read. Craig McDonald keeps you guessing. If you like historicals...this should be on your list.
Rod  Norman
Jun 26, 2011 Rod Norman rated it it was amazing
This is Craig's masterpiece if you ask me, but go back & grab Head Games and then read all the Hector Lassiter's. When you're done go find Craig's book of interviews "Rogue Males" & "Art in the Blood" to see inside some of the best writers of our time.
Nov 25, 2010 Bean rated it it was amazing
Great mystery, and McDonald is a superb writer. Definitely pick this one up and be transported to 1920s Paris.
Aug 22, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started a bit slow, but ended up being very entertaining. I will probably read more of McDonald in the future.
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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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