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Eli Cranor



Eli Cranor played quarterback at every level: peewee to professional, and then coached high school football for five years. These days, he's traded in the pigskin for a laptop, writing from Arkansas where he lives with his wife and kids.
Over the course of his career, Eli's fiction has garnered multiple awards (2018-The Missouri Review; 2017-Greensboro Review). Along with fiction, Eli writes a nationally-syndicated sports column, and his craft column, "Shop Talk," appears monthly over at Crime Reads. Eli is currently at work on his next novel. Visit elicranor.com for more information.

 

Awards: Edgar (2023)  see all

Genres: Mystery
 
New and upcoming books
July 2024

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Broiler
 
Novels
   Don't Know Tough (2022)
   Ozark Dogs (2023)
   Broiler (2024)
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Eli Cranor recommends
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The Last Verse (2024)
Caroline Frost
"Frost follows her award-winning debut with a sophomore slam dunk. The Last Verse is a blood-chilling crime novel set amidst 1970's Nashville, Tennessee. Don't let the rhinestones fool you, though. This novel is sexy, suspenseful, and boot-spur sharp. I feel lucky to have read it."
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Smoke Kings (2024)
Jahmal Mayfield
"Jahmal Mayfield roars to the top of the writer-to-watch list with this sizzling debut. Smoke Kings is straight fire. Every page simmers with an undercurrent of rage, each line a hard dose of smoldering truth. I can't wait to see what Mayfield does next."
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The County Line (2024)
Steve Weddle
"The County Line is downright biblical. In his latest novel, Steve Weddle follows his truly unforgettable protagonist, Cottonmouth Tomlin, on a lyrical journey through Great-Depression-era Arkansas. As an Arkansawyer who's often struggled to reconcile my place in this world - this book hit home."

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Awards
2023 Edgar Award for Best First Novel : Don't Know Tough

Award nominations
2024 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger (shortlist) : Ozark Dogs
2024 Barry Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Ozark Dogs
2023 Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery Novel (nominee) : Don't Know Tough
2023 Barry Award for Best First Novel (nominee) : Don't Know Tough
2023 Anthony Award for Best First Novel (nominee) : Don't Know Tough


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