Sunday, June 20, 2021

British Honors in the Offing

Well, I’m back in the saddle at Rap Sheet headquarters, after a week off. (More about that later.) There’s a lot of catching up that needs doing, beginning with a couple of prominent awards-related announcements. Let’s begin with the 13-strong longlist of works contending for the 2021 McIlvanney Prize:

The Cut, by Chris Brookmyre (Little, Brown)
The Silent Daughter, by Emma Christie (Wellbeck)
Before the Storm, by Alex Gray (Little, Brown)
Dead Man’s Grave, by Neil Lancaster (HQ)
The Coffinmaker’s Garden, by Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins)
Still Life, by Val McDermid (Little, Brown)
Bad Debt, by William McIntyre (Sandstone)
The Less Dead, by Denise Mina (Vintage)
How to Survive Everything, by Ewan Morrison (Saraband)
Edge of the Grave, by Robbie Morrison (Macmillan)
The April Dead, by Alan Parks (Canongate)
Hyde, by Craig Russell (Constable)
Waking the Tiger, by Mark Wightman (Hobeck)

A press release explains, “Finalists for the McIlvanney Prize will be revealed at the beginning of September, coinciding with publication of The Dark Remains,” the fourth and final Inspector Jack Laidlaw novel, started by William McIlvanney before his death in 2015, but finally completed by Ian Rankin. A winner will be identified on Friday, September 17, during this year’s Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival in Stirling.

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Meanwhile, the half-dozen novels shortlisted for the 2021 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year have been named. They are:

The Lantern Men, by Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
Three Hours, by Rosamund Lupton (Viking)
The Last Crossing, by Brian McGilloway (Constable)
Death in the East, by Abir Mukherjee (Harvill Secker)
We Begin at the End, by Chris Whitaker (Zaffre)
The Man on the Street, by Trevor Wood (Quercus)

Members of the public are now invited to vote for their favorite nominee by clicking here. The winner will be revealed on Thursday, July 22, the opening night of this year’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, England.

The longlist of rivals for the 2021 prize can be found here.

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