Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival has announced the shortlist for the annual Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year Award.
The award recognises excellence in Scottish crime writing. Previous winners are Peter May with Entry Island in 2014, Malcolm Mackay with How A Gunman Says Goodbye in 2013 and Charles Cumming with A Foreign Country in 2012.
The nominees are:
Paths of the Dead, Lin Anderson
DM For Murder, Matt Bendoris
Dead Girl Walking, Chris Brookmyre
Thin Air, Ann Cleeves
The Ghosts of Altona, Craig Russell
Death Is A Welcome Guest, Louise Welsh
The winner will be announced at the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival (11-13 September).
Dom Hastings, Director of Blood Scotland said ‘The Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year is increasingly prestigious, and this year’s shortlist, replete with a number of very successful authors, is testament to the the strength, variety and diversity of crime writing in Scotland. Reading these books, you can travel from a misty midsummer night in Shetland to a high-security prison in the middle of an outbreak; experience the mysteries of a Druidic stone circle and the cut-throat anonymities of cyberspace, go on tour with a famous rock band or track down a long-lost killer. It’s a bit of a spooky list this year, with several of the novels flirting with the supernatural; also, interestingly, four of the titles are anchored by long-standing protagonists, proving that innovation and excellence still flourish in ongoing series fiction. All in all, it’s a phenomenally strong showing, demonstrating that crime fiction in Scotland is still in rude, bloody health.’
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