Friday, June 17, 2022

“Tears” Triumphs Once More

Shawn “S.A.” Cosby is definitely on a winning streak. Just two weeks ago, his latest novel, Razorblade Tears, won two—count ’em, two—Thriller Awards from the International Thriller Writers organization. Now comes word that Tears has also picked up the 2021 Hammett Prize, a commendation given by the International Association of Crime Writers, North America, to a book, originally published in the English language in the United States or Canada, “that best represents the conception of literary excellence in crime writing.”

Also nominated for this award were Stung, by William Deverell (ECW Press); Five Decembers, by James Kestrel (Hard Case Crime); Harlem Shuffle, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday); and The Sacrifice of Lester Yates, by Robin Yocum (Arcade Crime Wave).

Previous winners of the annual Hammett Prize include Stephen Mack Jones (August Snow), Lou Berney (November Road), Jane Stanton Hitchcock (Bluff), and David Joy (When These Mountains Burn).

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