Omnimystery News brings word today that author James Sallis has won the 2011 Hammett Prize for his novel The Killer Is Dying (Walker & Company). The Hammett Prize is given out annually by the North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers.
The four other contenders for that commendation were: 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.); and The Informant, by Thomas Perry (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Otto Penzler).
Sallis received his bronze trophy during a special ceremony at this weekend’s Bloody Words Conference in Toronto, Ontario.