New York Times Among Those Praising ATU’s Cranor

Eli Cranor
Eli Cranor

The New York Times and The Guardian have included the latest novel by Arkansas Tech University’s Eli Cranor on their lists of best crime books for 2023.

Cranor’s “Ozark Dogs” is listed on the New York Times’ “Best Crime Novels of 2023” and The Guardian’s “Best Crime and Thrillers of 2023.”

Publisher Soho Crime describes “Ozark Dogs” as a “Southern thriller” in which “two families grapple with the aftermath of a murder in their small Arkansas town.”

Cranor joined the ATU College of Arts and Humanities as writer in residence and instructor in the ATU Department of English and World Languages beginning with the fall 2023 semester.

In addition to “Ozark Dogs,” Cranor has also published “Don’t Know Tough,” which won the Peter Lovesey First Crime Novel Contest. It was named to USA Today’s list of Best Books of the Year and one of the New York Times’ Best Crime Novels of 2022. Mystery Writers of America selected Cranor as the winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best first novel by an American author.

Cranor played college football at Florida Atlantic University and Ouachita Baptist University. He played professional football and was a high school football coach. Today, he lives in his hometown of Russellville with his wife and children.

Cranor’s weekly slice of life column, “Where I’m Writing From,” is published by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and his craft column, “Shop Talk,” appears monthly at

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