The New York Times said “Twelve” moves “as fast as speed, as relentless as acid….Mr. McDonell sketches in these characters with brisk authority, deftly cutting from one subplot to another in quick, cinematic takes.”
About “The Third Brother,” the Independent U.K. raved that “we see a penetrating, empathetic intelligence at work. This time, then, let there be no doubt: Nick McDonell is the real thing.”
His non-fiction has also appeared in Harper’s.
He lives in New York City.