Friday, May 21, 2010

Most Peculier

The longlist of 20 nominees for the 2010 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award was announced this morning. In contention are:

In the Dark, by Mark Billingham (Little, Brown)
If It Bleeds, by Duncan Campbell (Headline)
The Surrogate, by Tania Carver (Little, Brown)
The Business, by Martina Cole (Headline)
A Simple Act of Violence, by R.J. Ellory (Orion)
Until It’s Over, by Nicci French (Penguin)
The Crossing Places, by Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
Cold in Hand, by John Harvey (Arrow)
Skin, by Mo Hayder (Transworld)
Vows of Silence, by Susan Hill (Vintage)
The Dying Breed, by Declan Hughes (John Murray)
Dead Tomorrow, by Peter James (Pan Books)
Target, by Simon Kernick (Transworld)
A Darker Domain, by Val McDermid (HarperCollins)
Gallows Lane, by Brian McGilloway (Pan Macmillan)
Geezer Girls, by Dreda Say Mitchell (Hodder)
Singing to the Dead, by Caro Ramsay (Penguin)
Doors Open, by Ian Rankin (Orion)
All The Colors of Darkness, by Peter Robinson (Hodder)
Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith (Simon & Schuster)

Between now and Friday, June 11, readers may vote online for their favorite book. Click here to do so.

The top eight vote-getters from this first poll will be announced on Thursday, July 1, at which time members of the public will be asked to vote once more. A single winner will finally be declared on the opening night of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, Thursday, July 22. The victor will receive £3,000 in cash, plus a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakstons Old Peculier.

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