Portland, Oregon, author Bill Cameron has won the 2012 Spotted Owl Award for his novel County Line (Tyrus Books). The Spotted Owl is given out annually by the Portland-based fan organization Friends of Mystery to what its members believe was the foremost Pacific Northwest crime novel published during the previous year.
Also nominated for this year’s prize were Heather Sharfeddin (Damaged Goods), Urban Waite (The Terror of Living), Chelsea Cain (The Night Season), Robert Dugoni (Murder One), Dana Stabenow (Though Not Dead), Aaron Elkins (The Worst Thing), Mike Lawson (House Divided), Kate Wilhelm (Heaven Is High), and Gary McKinney (Darkness Bids the Dead Goodbye).
Cameron should certainly be happy today. But there’s good news as well for his fellow Portlander, Johnny Shaw. The Friends of Mystery will give Shaw a special Stan Johnson Outstanding Debut Mystery Award for his 2011 novel, Dove Season. (Stan Johnson [1920-2011] was one of the founding members of the Friends organization.)
Congratulations to both authors.