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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

   Don't Know Tough (2022)
   Ozark Dogs (2023)
   Broiler (2024)
Eli Cranor recommends
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."
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."
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."

More recommendations 

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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