Oregon author Roger Hobbs’ debut novel, Ghost Man (2013), has won the 2015 Maltese Falcon Award, according to Jiro Kimura of The Gumshoe Site. The Maltese Falcon prize is presented by Japan’s crime fiction-oriented Maltese Falcon Society to “the best hard-boiled/private eye novel published in Japan in the previous year.”
Previous winners of the same commendation include Don Winslow (for The Winter of Frankie Machine as well as The Power of the Dog), S.J. Rozan (Winter and Night), Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men), and James Carlos Blake (Under the Skin).
Hobbs’ sequel to Ghost Man, Vanishing Games, was officially released earlier this week by publisher Alfred A. Knopf.