Fifty finalists for the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, spread across 10 categories, were announced earlier today. You’ll find the full rundown here. However, the contenders in the all-important mystery/thrillers field are listed below:
• Broken Harbor, by Tana French (Viking)
• Angelmaker, by Nick Harkaway (Knopf)
• The Thief, by Fuminori Nakamura (Soho Crime)
• The Expats, by Chris Pavone (Crown)
• The Twenty-Year Death, by Ariel S. Winter (Hard Case Crime)
I’m also pleased to learn that David Abrams, a longtime contributor to The Rap Sheet’s sister publication, January Magazine, is one of the five finalists for this year’s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. His debut novel is, of course, the satirical Iraq war story Fobbit.
The winners of these commendations will be declared during a public ceremony, to be held on the evening of Friday, April 19, at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium. The L.A. Times Festival of Books is scheduled for April 20-21.