Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cross-border Rivalry

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers has released its nominees for the annual Hammett Prize, given to “a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a U.S. or Canadian author.” This year’s five contenders are:

Feast Day of Fools, by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster)
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, by Sara Gran
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Cat’s Table, by Michael Ondaatje (McClelland & Stewart/
Canada; Knopf/U.S.)
The Informant, by Thomas Perry (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/
Otto Penzler)
The Killer Is Dying, by James Sallis (Walker & Company)

A winner will be named during the Bloody Words Conference, scheduled to be held in Toronto, Canada, June 1-3.

(Hat tip to Mystery Fanfare.)

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