The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers has named The Nearest Exit (Minotaur), by Olen Steinhauer, the winner of its 2011 Hammett Prize. This commendation is given annually to “a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing.”
According to a press release, Steinhauer received his award--“a bronze trophy, designed by West Coast sculptor Peter Boiger”--during a ceremony held yesterday in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as part of the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) Fall Conference.
Also nominated for this year’s prize were: 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); and Iron River, by T. Jefferson Parker (Dutton).
If you’re an author who’d like to have one of those bronze Hammett Prizes for yourself, note that the deadline for entry into the 2012 contest is this coming December 10.
(Hat tip to The Gumshoe Site.)