World War II: the last good fight. In his own words, novelist Hector Lassiter confides the secret history of his clandestine campaigns in the European theatre and beyond, and his long, bloody battle of wits against a Nazi filmmaker. Aided by a beautiful OSS operative and a two-fisted Irish cop-turned-Army intelligence officer, Hector takes on the impossible mission of smuggling a hard-hunted Jewish orphan from France while pursued by the might of Germany's occupying army. The high-stakes chase extends from decadent Berlin to occupied France, from post-war Hollywood to the steaming jungles of Brazil. A dazzling fusion of crime fiction and espionage thriller, "Roll the Credits" is also a haunting study of the birth of film noir and the bloody underbelly of cinematic history, with a supporting cast including icons of the Lost Generation and heroes of the French resistance.
"A writer of truly unique voice, approach, and ambition, Craig McDonald delivers again with "Roll the Credits." Hector Lassiter is a compelling character but also a fascinating forum for McDonald's historical, social, and artistic observations. For all the wonderful action, slick dialogue, and plot twists McDonald throws at the reader, he's equally interested in saying something substantial about time and place. Not to be missed." --Michael Koryta
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If any of the Hector Lassiter series entries can lay claim to striving for an epic scale, this would be the one. "Roll the Credits" unveils author/screenwriter Hector Lassiter's clandestine World War II adventures--activities previously hinted at in "Head Games" and "Print the Legend." Hector's controversial, hands-on role in European operations while serving as a war correspondent draws heavily on Ernest Hemingway's similar blurring of the lines that resulted in Hem's official investigation and eventual censure as depicted in this novel.
But "Roll the Credits" also turns on German cinema's influence on American film noir, the movie genre that butters Hector's bread. In this novel, Hector, the novelist known for "living what he writes, and writing what he lives," squares off against a Nazi filmmaker first glimpsed in the opening pages of the also Paris-set "One True Sentence." (A bit of insider trivia: this novel marks the first since "Head Games" in which Hector also serves as narrator.) -- Craig McDonald
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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