Thursday, July 18, 2019

Lucky “Thirteen”

This evening, during opening ceremonies for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, England, it was announced that Northern Ireland writer Steve Cavanagh’s latest book, Thirteen (Hachette), has won the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award. As Mystery Fanfare explains, “The prize was created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction and is open to UK and Irish crime authors …” 2019 marks the 15th year this commendation has been presented.

The other five paperbacks shortlisted for the 2019 award were Broken Ground, by Val McDermid (Little, Brown); Snap, by Belinda Bauer (Transworld); London Rules, by Mick Herron (John Murray); The Quaker, by Liam McIlvanney (HarperCollins); and East of Hounslow, by Khurrum Rahman (HarperCollins).

The longlist of this year’s nominees was broadcast in April, with the shortlist disseminated a month later.

Cavanagh’s Thirteen, a legal thriller, is scheduled to be released in the States on August 13, by Flatiron Books.

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