If you thought crime-fiction book prize season was over and done with, well, think again. This week brought an announcement of the shortlisted nominees for this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. There are 14 categories of contestants, but the one most likely to interest Rap Sheet readers features the half-dozen works vying for the Books Are My Bag Crime Fiction Award:
• Distress Signals, by Catherine Ryan Howard (Corvus)
• Little Bones, by Sam Blake (Bonnier Zaffre)
• Lying in Wait, by Liz Nugent (Penguin Ireland)
• The Constant Soldier, by William Ryan (Mantle)
• The Drowning Child, by Alex Barclay (HarperCollins)
• The Trespasser, by Tana French (Hachette Ireland)
Readers are invited to vote for their favorite entries in each category (I don’t see it mentioned anywhere that this contest is open only to residents of Ireland), but you must cast your ballot no later than midnight on Friday, November 11. The winners of the 2016 Irish Book Awards are set to be declared on Wednesday, November 16.