This has been a big day for crime-fiction commendations. Not only did we hear about this year’s Cartier Diamond Dagger award winner and Dilys Award nominees, but now we have the nominations for the 2010 Hammett Prize, given by the North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers “for literary excellence in the field of crime writing.” In the running are one non-fiction work, and three novels:
• Get Capone: The Secret Plot that Captured America’s Most Wanted Gangster, by Jonathan Eig (Simon & Schuster)
• Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin (Morrow)
• Iron River, by T. Jefferson Parker (Dutton)
• The Nearest Exit, by Olen Steinhauer (Minotaur)
A victor in this competition will be declared on September 20, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the 2011 New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) Fall Conference.