Thursday, April 24, 2008

You May Now Applaud

The longlist of 20 nominees has been announced for the 2008 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. It’s a pretty strong selection, and quite diverse--a good introduction, really, to the contemporary state of British crime fiction.

The Chemistry of Death, by Simon Beckett (Bantam)
Buried, by Mark Billingham (Sphere)
Christine Falls, by Benjamin Black (Picador)
A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil, by Christopher Brookmyre (Abacus)
Hurting Distance, by Sophie Hannah (Hodder & Stoughton)
Darkness and Light, by John Harvey (Arrow Books)
The Death of Dalziel, by Reginald Hill (Harper)
The Risk of Darkness, by Susan Hill (Vintage)
One Under, by Graham Hurley (Orion)
Not Dead Enough, by Peter James (Macmillan)
Relentless, by Simon Kernick (Corgi Books)
Corn Dolls, by Patrick Lennon (Hodder)
Dying Light, by Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins)
Blue Shoes and Happiness, by Alexander McCall Smith (Abacus)
The Grave Tattoo, by Val McDermid (HarperCollins)
The Savage Garden, by Mark Mills (Harper)
The Tenderness of Wolves, by Stef Penney (Quercus)
Piece of My Heart, by Peter Robinson (Hodder)
Sovereign, by C.J. Sansom (Pan)
Shifting Skin, by Chris Simms (Orion)

A shortlist will be determined by votes from the reading public. Go here to choose your favorite book from among this bunch. The winner of the 2008 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year will be announced during a ceremony on the opening night of the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, to be held in Harrogate, England, on Thursday, July 17.

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