Sunday, February 01, 2009

Prize Fighters

Some lists of annual crime-fiction award contenders are pretty predictable. The same cannot always be said of the Hammett Prize, which is given out by the North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers. As proof, here’s the list of nominees for the 2009 Hammett Prize, announced yesterday:

Leading Lady, by Heywood Gould (Five Star)
The Finder, by Colin Harrison, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
City of the Sun, by David Levien, (Doubleday)
The Turnaround, by George Pelecanos (Little, Brown)
South by South Bronx, by Abraham Rodriguez (Akashic)

This year’s winner will be announced during the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) Sales Conference, to be held in Baltimore, October 4-5.

(Hat tip to The Gumshoe Site.)

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