This morning brings an announcement of the finalists for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. The complete rundown of nominees in 10 categories can be found here, but as Rap Sheet readers are probably most concerned with the Mystery/Thriller contenders, let’s go straight to those. They are:
• Tom Franklin, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (Morrow)
• Tana French, Faithful Place (Viking)
• Laura Lippman, I’d Know You Anywhere (Morrow)
• Stuart Neville, Collusion (Soho Press)
• Kelli Stanley, City of Dragons (Thomas Dunne/Minotaur)
Northern Irish writer Neville must be turning cartwheels today. He won this prize last year for The Ghosts of Belfast. A second nomination affirms his literary talents.
One of the four judges in this category, critic Sarah Weinman, recalls that “As in previous years, the judging part was remarkably smooth. There were debates, all good-natured, but consensus on the shortlist came early and without much trouble.”
While I’m happy for all the Mystery/Thriller nominees, I am also pleased to see that one of my favorite suppliers of reading material, Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon, will receive the 2010 Innovator Award.
Winners in all categories will be announced at the time of Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in late April.