And the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for a mystery or thriller novel goes to … Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling for The Cuckoo’s Calling (Mulholland), the first private-eye novel she’s penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
Cuckoo’s beat out four rivals in that same category: Hour of the Red God, by Richard Crompton (Sarah Crichton); Sycamore Row, by John Grisham (Doubleday); The Rage, by Gene Kerrigan (Europa Editions); and The Collini Case, by Ferdinand von Schirach (Viking). The
announcement was made tonight to help kick off the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
Mystery/Thriller, of course, was just one of the 10 categories of prizes this year. You can see all of the winners and runners-up here.
READ MORE: “L.A. Times Festival of Books Pre-Party,” by Jeri Westerson (Getting Medieval).