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Thursday, February 05, 2004

Hammett Award Nominations 

As reported on Deadly Pleasures and other places, the International Association of Crime Writers has released their shortlist for the best mystery novel of 2003 that demonstrated literary excellence:

Giles Blunt, THE DELICATE STORM
Carol Goodman, THE SEDUCTION OF WATER
Michael Gruber, TROPIC OF NIGHT
Dennis Lehane, SHUTTER ISLAND
Laura Lippman, EVERY SECRET THING

Congratulations to all the nominees! I think this is a fine list, and shockingly, the only book I've yet to read is Carol Goodman's. Otherwise, well, you know my opinion on Laura and Dennis's books, and Giles Blunt managed to create a suspenseful, Canadian-set book that went into an incredible amount of fascinating detail about the Front de Liberation du Quebec (FLQ)--the only organization that led to the War Measures Act being invoked in Canada. And Gruber's novel was a stunner. Going to be hard to pick the winner, which will be announced at Bouchercon 2004 later this year.

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