“A must-read collection of interviews with crime writers at the top of their game by an interviewer who’s at the top of his.” — Duane Swierczynski, author of The Wheelman
“A solid collection not to be missed by mystery fans. … Even better, however, is the fact that McDonald is clearly intimately familiar with the authors’ work. He cites character and plot details that reveal close reading, and it propels these interviews into interesting territory.” — John Kenyon, Things I’d Rather Be Doing
“For real author interviews without the ego, I suggest you pick up Craig McDonald’s Art In The Blood. McDonald is one of the finest interviewers I’ve read for a long time, genuinely interested and incredibly intelligent.” — Ray Banks, author of Saturday’s Child & Donkey Punch
“I love reading interviews and this book contains the first interviews I’ve found in a long time that delve into new territory and this book does provide some new insights, and interviews with authors you don’t normally read interviews with.” — E.C. Morgan
“Craig McDonald is widely considered to be the best interviewer in crime fiction. He goes into each interview so well equipped with research and thought provoking questions that he possesses the singular ability to put the interviewee at ease…. The interviews here are possessed of such depth that they become something rare, informative, thought-provoking and re-readable…. If you’re curious to get an insider’s glimpse into the state of the genre today, this is the book for you.” — Brian Lindenmuth, Fantasy BookSpot.com
James Ellroy, Dan Brown, Ian Rankin, George Pelacanoes, Ken Bruen, Michael Connelly, Ridley Pearson . . . the roster of writers interviewed in these pages includes those who have won Edgar, Shamus, Anthony and Macavity awards. The interviews were conducted in person, or by phone, or both. Significantly, none of the interviews were placed before the authors for approval, massaging or tweaking of answers. The interviews were recorded on tape and are presented without rejuxtaposition or revision on the part of the novelists. This is how the writers spoke, what they said, casually, candidly and, more importantly, on the fly.