The Portland, Oregon-based fan group Friends of Mystery has announced that author and Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton has won its 2016 Spotted Owl Award for his novel High Country Nocturne (Poisoned Pen Press). The Spotted Owl is given out annually to a mystery novelist whose primary residence is in the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, or Idaho; or in the Canadian province of British Columbia. A list of previous recipients is available here.
Also nominated for this year’s prize were: Her Final Breath, by Robert Dugoni, (Thomas & Mercer); Never Look Down, by Warren Easley (Poisoned Pen Press); A Banquet of Consequences, by Elizabeth George (Viking); Viking Bay, by M.A. (Mike) Lawson (Blue Rider Press); House Rivals, by Mike Lawson (Atlantic Monthly Press); Threshold, by G.M. Ford (Thomas & Mercer); Brutality, by Ingrid Thoft (Putnam); Vanishing Games, by Roger Hobbs (Knopf); and The Ville Rat, by Martin Limón (Soho Crime).
Congratulations to all of the finalists!