- Series: Hector Lassiter
- Paperback: 410 pages
- Publisher: Betimes Books; 2nd Revised ed. edition (August 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0992967406
- ISBN-13: 978-0992967406
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,663,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Toros & Torsos: A Hector Lassiter novel Paperback – August 18, 2014
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From the Author
A question every author is asked is which of his own books is his favorite. Selecting between your novels that way is said to be a little like choosing between your kids. Not so, at least for me: You simply can't hurt your own books' feelings and novels--even your own, if you're honest--don't inspire unconditional love the way that your children do. "Toros & Torsos" is my favorite of my Hector Lassiter novels and the one I recommend when a potential reader is faced with an array of titles and asks which one to start with. T&T turns on many of my longstanding obsessions springing from larger-than-life personalities (Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, to name just a few found in this novel), to notorious unsolved crimes (one of those being the murder of Elizabeth Short, the so-called "Black Dahlia") and one of my favorite locales, Key West, Florida.
About the Author
Craig McDonald is an award-winning author and journalist. The Hector Lassiter series has been published to international acclaim in numerous languages. McDonald's debut novel was nominated for Edgar, Anthony and Gumshoe awards in the U.S. and the 2011 Sélection du prix polar Saint-Maur en Poche in France. The Lassiter series has been enthusiastically endorsed by a who's who of crime fiction authors including Michael Connelly, Laura Lippmann, Daniel Woodrell, James Crumley, James Sallis, Diana Gabaldon, and Ken Bruen, among many others. McDonald is also the author of two highly praised non-fiction volumes on the subject of mystery and crime fiction writing, "Art in the Blood" and "Rogue Males," nominated for the Macavity Award.
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I liked how deeply the author researched, and wove actual events of the era into the life of Hector Lassiter. I was fascinated to learn more of the events and people involved, but I have further developed my distaste of surrealism.
As another reviewer has noted, I don't want to do any spoilers, because it would ruin the anticipation the reader gets caught up in the story, waiting to see if they are a step ahead of Lassiter, or if they have been duped into another surprise twist.
If graphic, violent details upset you, or sex scenes and bad language offend you, then this is not the book for you. But if you are able to accept those things as necessary elements of a very well crafted story, this book may become one you will re-read over the years, always finding something else that is thought provoking.
Just the research done to be able to write a book like this makes this book worth the read. Like STAR WARS Graig McDonald books are not rewritten in order of Hector Lassiter life time. This book goes before his previous book of HEAD GAMES which is about the end of Hector Lassiter life.
Craig McDonald's Toros & Torsos had me googling one artist after another--some guy (Emmanuel Radnitzky) really called himself Man Ray? ... and the lug was from Brooklyn by way of Philadelphia? Toros & Torsos was another wonderful trip back to the Hemingway-Welles history with cameos by John Huston and Rita Hayworth against the wonderful fictional character Hector Lassiter; the relationships/interrelationships between Lassiter and the formidable cast mentioned above make Toros & Torsos another engaging and illuminating read. This go we start in the keys (a few days before the worst hurricane disaster there on record), cross the Atlantic for some fun during the Franco war in Spain, slip into Cuba immediately after Batista takes a powder and with a few quick trips out to LA/Hollywood interspersed we eventually wind up in Idaho (where Papa Hem takes his bow). Even Elizabeth (Betty) Short (the Black Dahlia murder victim) makes an historical appearance and the way the novel is strung together through the surrealist art form is just another wonderful learning experience that is an extra, extra bonus to reading Craig McDonald. The dialogue (all the characters) is convincing and pitch-perfect. McDonald has quickly shot to the top of my very short A+ list of crime writers that include Daniel Woodrell, James Sallis and James Ellroy.
Wanna feel some American history? Read Toros and Torsos ... a scary trip down memory lane with Papa Hemingway, Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth and a woman (or is it two women?) with a serious identity crisis (and penchant for murder), a group of artists unable to distinguish the real from the surreal and your guide for this cross-continent chase is the honorable, loveable and fearless Hector Lassiter. A lotta innocent victims are the prelude to at least a few really bad guys getting their just desserts. McDonald shoots to the top of the crime writing heap with this well-researched and excellently written masterpiece of Americana.
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My second Craig McDonald novel, after the Edgar Nominated, and first Hector Lassiter novel, Head Games, totally held me in it's clutches from the...Read more