Friday, October 29, 2010

Ireland Fields Its Big Six

Shortlisted nominees for the 2010 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards were announced last night, according to blogger-author Declan Burke. There are 10 categories of competitors, with half a dozen novels in contention for Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year honors:

City of Lost Girls, by Declan Hughes (John Murray)
Time of Death, by Alex Barclay (HarperCollins)
Faithful Place, by Tana French (Hachette Books Ireland)
The Missing, by Jane Casey (Ebury)
Dark Times in the City, by Gene Kerrigan (Vintage)
The Twelve, by Stuart Neville (Vintage)

While I haven’t read as many Irish crime novels this year as Burke, I agree with him that at least one exceptional work is missing from this list: Kevin McCarthy’s Peeler.

Winners will be announced on November 25.

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