First a little bit of drum roll, then the announcement of which book has won New Zealand’s 2011 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. It’s the thriller Blood Men (2010), by Christchurch writer Paul Cleave.
As NZ blogger-critic Craig Sisterson explains, “The award was presented at the end of the fantastic ‘Setting the Stage for Murder’ event in Christchurch on Sunday afternoon ... It was a truly terrific event, with a great crowd first enthralled by Tess Gerritsen and John Hart (a session chaired by Ngaio Marsh Award judge Graham Beattie), then the four Ngaio Marsh Award finalists: Cleave, Paddy Richardson, Neil Cross, and Alix Bosco (Greg McGee).”
It sounds like a fun time was had by all. Especially Mr. Cleave.