Friday, July 13, 2018

Jones Grabs the Hammett

Stephen Mack Jones’ August Snow (Soho Crime) may have missed out earlier this week on scoring Best First Novel honors in the 2018 Strand Critics Awards contest, but that book more than made up for it today by being declared the winner of the 2017 Hammett Prize. The Hammett is given out by the North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers to “a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a U.S. or Canadian author.”

Also nominated for the Hammett this year were: The Marsh King’s Daughter, by Karen Dionne (Putnam); The Tragedy of Brady Sims, by Ernest J. Gaines (Vintage); and Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvis (Sourcebooks Landmark)

As Mystery Fanfare reports, “Mr. Jones was awarded a bronze trophy, designed by West Coast sculptor Peter Boiger. The award was announced during a lunch for the finalists at New York’s Algonquin Hotel on July 13.” Previous Hammett recipients are listed here.

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