Monday, November 04, 2019

Yes, Still More Awards News

You will doubtless recall that questions lingered after last Friday evening’s presentation, in Dallas, Texas, of the 2019 Shamus Awards. While three of the four winners were broadcast widely—including here—the recipient of this year’s Shamus for Best First Private Eye Novel was frustratingly difficult to identify. However, The Gumshoe Site’s Jiro Kimura this morning cleared up that mystery, as follows.

Best First Private Eye Novel: WINNER — The Best Bad Things, by Katrina Carrasco (MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Also nominated: Broken Places, by Tracy Clark (Kensington); Last Looks, by Howard Michael Gould (Dutton); What Doesn’t Kill You, by Aimee Hix (Midnight Ink); and Only to Sleep, by Lawrence Osborne (Hogarth)

The annual Shamus Awards are sponsored by the Private Eye Writers of America, and are usually distributed during Bouchercon.

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Meanwhile, voting has begun in the competition for this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards. You have until Wednesday, November 13, to register your choices. There are 16 different categories of contenders, with those shortlisted for Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year honors listed below:

Rewind, by Catherine Ryan Howard
Cruel Acts, by Jane Casey
The Chain, by Adrian McKinty
Twisted, by Steve Cavanagh
The Wych Elm, by Tana French
The Hiding Game, by Louise Phillips

Your votes can be registered here. Winners will be announced at a “gala ceremony” in Dublin on Wednesday, November 30.

(Hat tip to Crime Fiction Ireland.)

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