I am putting this post up with some hesitation, as I don’t find any corroborating information on the Web. But Jiro Kimura reports on The Gumshoe Site that Southern California novelist Don Winslow has won the 2011 T. Jefferson Parker Book Award for his novel Savages (Simon & Schuster). I sent an e-mail note to Winslow, hoping for confirmation of this news, but have not yet heard anything back.
Other contenders for this same 2011 prize in the mystery/thrillers category were: The Sentry, by Robert Crais (Putnam); San Diego Noir, edited by Maryelizabeth Hart (Akashic Books); and The Informant, by Thomas Perry (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Winslow’s win was supposedly announced on October 22, in San Diego, by the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association.
FOLLOW-UP: Here’s confirmation of Winslow’s award pick-up. Thanks to Lance Wright of Omnimystery News for sending along the link.