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“Of the writers writing in America today, Nova is one of the very greatest.” — Michael Silverblatt, the host of Bookworm on KCRW
“[Nova’s fiction] is so powerful, so alive, it is a wonder that turning its pages doesn’t somehow burn one’s hands.” —The New York Times

“I've read no better, no more bitter and ironic understanding of professional cunning and ambition since Joseph Heller's Something Happened. I've read no fuller mixture of human frailties, no more deft revelation of the chinks in moral armor since Robertson Davies's Leaven of Malice.  As a virtuoso handling of first-person narration, The Good Son is a pitch-perfect performance.” — John Irving, The New York Times)
“What sticks in the mind long after the novel has been read, is its intelligence, compassion and — to introduce another old-fashioned idea — character. Craig Nova is a fine writer, one of our best, and if you haven’t read him, the loss is yours.” — Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
“Long-awaited is an overused phrase in publisher’s promotional blurbs, but Nova’s follow-up to his acclaimed 1982 novel, The Good Son merits that description as much as any recent fiction, and it has been well worth the lengthy wait.” — Booklist (about All the Good Dead Yale Men)


Craig Nova is the author of fourteen novels, which have been translated into 11 languages. He has had an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Harper-Saxton Prize (previous recipients have been James Baldwin and Sylvia Plath), multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and other prizes. His work has appeared in the Paris Review, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Men's Journal, Best American Short Story series, and other publications.  As a screenwriter he has worked for Touchstone Pictures (a division of the Walt Disney Company), Amblin Entertainment, and other producers.  A film was made in 2018 from his novel, Wetware. Craig's fifteenth novel, Double Solitaire, is set to release on September 7, 2021

Los Angeles. A man who takes care of trouble. Two young women disappear. An actor is the last one to see them alive. They meet in Double Solitaire. 


"[Nova's fiction] is so powerful, so alive, it is a wonder that turning its pages doesn't somehow burn one's hands."

—The New York Times


"Mr. Nova, a well-regarded mainstream novelist, has also worked as a screenwriter. His movietown details have the clink of truth, and his lyrical prose has a hardboiled zip. From its ominous first sentence to its (much more encouraging) final line, “Double Solitaire” is a memorable page-turner.”

- The Wall Street Journal

“More than refurbished L.A. Noir, the scenes where Farrell visites with the patients (at UCLA Children’s Hospital), canny judges of character and tuning forks for emotional truth, and Nova’s smooth prose brings the roiling undercurrents to the surface…”

- The New York Times


"A highly talented stylist, Nova complements Farrell’s moral and existential angst with some trenchant observations on L.A.: “hope so perfectly mixed with the possibilities of disaster” in the form of fires, earthquakes, landslides, or loss of fame. Noir fans will hope to see a lot more of Farrell."

- Starred review from Publisher's Weekly; read the full review HERE

"Reading a new Craig Nova novel is thrilling.  He’s one of our very best writers, creating characters who walk a knife blade sharpened with bleak humor as they simultaneously act out their dangerously excessive plans. The figurative language in Double Solitaire sometimes immerses us more deeply, sometimes lifts us out of a creepy, convincing nightmare; it’s up to us where we land.  When Craig’s not looking at America head-on, it’s in his peripheral vision.  He’s amazing."

- Ann Beattie, Author of A Wonderful Stroke of Luck


"Craig Nova has really done it this time. He hooked me in the first paragraph and reeled me in on page 9. What's going to happen to that girl from Alaska? Menace and heartbreak walk hand in hand through these swift pages.  Writing with great brio, style, and economy, Craig Nova dives deep into the scariest depths of the human psyche. He is a real master of dialogue, suspense, and atmosphere. I'll take a ride with Quinn Farrell anytime."

- Lee Smith, Author of Blue Marlin


“When it comes to creating a believable, suspenseful situation, enlived by quirky but realistic characters, few writers I know can hold a candle to Craig Nova.  Long admired, by readers and writers alike, for his superb prose, Nova often doesn’t get enough credit for his deft plotting, haunting atmospherics, and unforgettable people.  In Double Solitaire, he returns to Los Angeles, his native territory, and offers a story drawn from that city’s secret alcoves, a tale that perfectly blends dark intrigue and the starlight of love, the ugliness of violence and the beauty of the humane gesture.  I stayed up late to finish this novel, and when I finally set it aside, it echoed in my memory for days, all its complexities and subtleties sparkling like the facets of a gem.  One measure of a fine novel is an apparent simplicity beneath which all the heartbreak and decency of human interaction roils and twirls.  Nova entertains, provokes, enlightens, and educates.  His Double Solitaire is the work of a master at the top of his game.”


- Roland Merullo, Author of Breakfast with Buddha, From These Broken Streets, and twenty other novels

"Nova is a proven master of character and plot, and Double Solitaire—set in L.A. and equal in suspense and intrigue to Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain—doesn’t disappoint."


– Jonathan Harr, Author of a Civil Action

Q&A with Craig Nova: Double Solitaire


All the Dead Yale Men


The Constant Heart


The Informer

Brook Trout and
the Writing Life

The Good Son



There's No Such Thing as Good Writing: Craig Nova's Radical Revising Process

Craig Nova, author of All the Dead Yale Men, is a manic rewriter. He showed me a picture of what he calls his "slag heap"—a huge stack of manuscript pages, piled several feet high, that accumulated as he wrote his latest book. Nova does not merely tinker with word choice the way some editors do; instead, he writes again from scratch.

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