Back in May, we brought you the longlist of 20 nominees for the 2010 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Readers were invited to vote online for their favorites, and today comes an announcement of the eight finalists. They are:
• In the Dark, by Mark Billingham (Little, Brown)
• The Surrogate, by Tania Carver (Little, Brown)
• A Simple Act of Violence, by R.J. Ellory (Orion)
• The Crossing Places, by Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
• Dead Tomorrow, by Peter James (Pan Books)
• Gallows Lane, by Brian McGilloway (Pan Macmillan)
• Doors Open, by Ian Rankin (Orion)
• Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith (Simon & Schuster)
From this shortlist, readers are now being asked once more to state their preferences. Click here to cast your ballot.
According to press materials, “The eventual winner will be decided by combining the result of this public vote with the votes of a panel of expert judges.” We’ll learn that name of the victorious novel on Thursday, July 22--the opening night of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, England. Its author will receive £3,000 in cash, plus a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakstons Old Peculier.