Author Don Winslow seems to have been on a roll ever since he published The Dawn Patrol back in 2008, racking up myriad plaudits, if fewer award wins. Now, though, he can add a big prize to his collection: the 2015 T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award. According to Jiro Kimura’s The Gumshoe Site, Winslow picked up the Parker for The Cartel (Knopf), a thrilling sequel to The Power of the Dog, his 2005 novel about Mexican drug trafficking.
The T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award is presented annually by the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA). The Cartel was one of three novels shortlisted as contenders this year, the other two being Marry, Kiss, Kill, by Anne Flett-Giordano (Prospect Park), and The Replacements, by David Putnam (Oceanview).
Winslow’s win was announced yesterday during the SCIBA Trade Show, held in North Hollywood, California. This was the third time that Winslow has netted the Parker award; he won it previously for Savages (2010) and The Kings of Cool (2012).