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Head Games: The Graphic Novel

Head Games: The Graphic Novel

written by Craig McDonald; illustrated by Kevin Singles, with Les McClaine

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In this graphic novel adaptation of the Edgar-nominated novel Head Games, Craig McDonald blends history and legend to tell the tale of the classic hard-drinking, hard-living, and hard-boiled protagonist. Artist Kevin Singles brings this noir thriller to life with a style reminiscent of the golden age of dime-store paperbacks.

It’s 1957, and aging novelist Hector Lassiter thought that his adventures were long behind him. But then he receives a treasure worth killing for: the skull of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.

With his partners in crime, brooding poet Bud Fiske and hard-as-nails beauty Alicia Vicente, Hector must make a mad dash across the American southwest. If the trio can survive long enough to sell the skull to the highest bidder, they'll score big. But in the meantime, Hector must dodge bullets from deranged fraternity members, aging soldiers of fortune, vicious warlords, and crooked feds.

Praise for Head Games: The Graphic Novel

"This pulpy alternate history adds color to what is otherwise familiar noir territory, complete with seedy schemes, gunfights, and a narrow-eyed woman in trouble... It’s a breezy thriller designed to hit the sweet spot for crime fans and history buffs alike." —Publishers Weekly

"If you enjoy watching an author play connect-the-dots with bullet holes and blood, this Head’s for you." —Booklist

"This graphic novel edition by the original author includes Singles’s black-and-white images with gold tones. They contribute to the coarse, gritty feel of this campy, violent tangle of fiction and fact." —VOYA


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written by Craig McDonald; illustrated by Kevin Singles, with Les McClaine

Craig McDonald is an award-winning journalist, editor, and fiction writer. He was a contributor to the New York Times nonfiction bestseller, Secrets of the Code. He is also a columnist for Crimespree Magazine.

Kevin Singles was raised in Beloit, Wisconsin, attended the comics program at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and currently resides in Austin, Texas. Head Games is his debut graphic novel.

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