Authors Chelsea Cain and Johnny Shaw are the joint winners of this year’s Spotted Owl Award. This commendation is presented by the Portland, Oregon-based Friends of Mystery group to celebrate mystery novels by authors living in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, British Columbia, Canada, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington).
Cain receives her prize specifically for One Kick (Simon & Schuster), published last year, while it’s Shaw’s Plaster City (Thomas & Mercere) that earned him the same honor.
There were nine runners-up for the 2015 Spotted Owl were: Crooked River, by Valerie Geary (Morrow); Cold Storage, Alaska, by John Straley (Soho Crime); Identity, by Ingrid Thoft (Putnam); The Ascendant, by Drew Chapman (Simon & Schuster); Chump Change, by G.M. Ford (Thomas & Mercer); My Sister’s Grave, by Robert Dugoni (Thomas &
Mercer); Dead Float, by Warren Easley (Poisoned Pen Press); House Reckoning, by Mike Lawson (Atlantic Monthly Press); and Street Justice, by Kris Nelscott (WMG).
Congratulations to all of the contenders.
(Hat tip to Mystery Fanfare.)