Thursday, February 20, 2020

April to Bring a Shower of Awards

I’ve tried to focus my limited writing time this week toward the completion of a new piece for CrimeReads—thus the notable paucity of posts in The Rap Sheet. But I can’t ignore today’s news about the finalists for this year’s Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Awards for “outstanding literary achievements” will be given out in 12 categories, with winners set to be announced on Friday, April 17, one day prior to the start of the L.A. Times Festival of Books on the University of Southern California campus.

Here are the five contenders in the Mystery/Thriller category:

Your House Will Pay, by Steph Cha (Ecco)
The Night Fire, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
The Lost Man, by Jane Harper (Flatiron)
Lady in the Lake, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)
Heaven, My Home, by Attica Locke (Mulholland)

In addition, Walter Mosley, best known for composing the popular Easy Rawlins historical crime series, will receive the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. That commendation “recognizes a writer whose work focuses on the American West.”

You will find more about these prizes here and here.

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