Sunday, July 28, 2019

Berney Takes the Hammett

Oklahoma City author-educator Lou Berney will receive the 2018 Hammett Prize for his latest novel, November Road (Morrow). The Hammett, named of course for Sam Spade creator Dashiell Hammett and given out annually by the North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers, recognizes “literary excellence in the field of crime-writing, as reflected in a book published in the English language in the U.S. and/or Canada.” Berney will be given his prize on November 1 at Bouchercon in Dallas, Texas.

Also nominated for this commendation were The Lonely Witness, by William Boyle (Pegasus Crime); Under My Skin, by Lisa Unger (Park Row); Cut You Down, by Sam Wiebe (Random House Canada); and Paris in the Dark, by Robert Olen Butler (The Mysterious Press).

Previous winners of the Hammett Prize include Stephen Mack Jones (August Snow), Domenic Stansberry (The White Devil), Lisa Sandlin (The Do-Right), and Stephen King (Mr. Mercedes).

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