Thursday, 17 December 2009


From Mike Ripley's December GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER Column: (or GAWM as we affectionately know it in the trade)

"It’s that time again, when I dish out those most-misheard of awards the Shots of the Year for 2009; the only awards in crime fiction which come with absolutely no financial reward, no glitzy ceremony, no photo opportunities and a total lack of regard for democracy in the selection process.
It was a very good year for thrillers, especially thrillers with an historical background (a large number of them set in or around WWII) and just to confuse matters, several books qualified in multiple categories."

• Shots Thriller of the Year: The Information Officer by Mark Mills [HarperCollins].
• Crime Shot of the Year: At The City's Edge by Marcus Sakey [Penguin].
• Historical Shot: The Interrogator by Andrew Williams [John Murray].
• Shot in Translation: Havana Fever by Leonardo Padura [Bitter Lemon].
• First Shot (debut novel): The Twelve (US title: The Ghosts of Belfast) by Stuart Neville [Harvill Secker].
• Comic Shot: Mystery Man by Colin Bateman [Headline]

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