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Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year – Shortlist Reveal

The most coveted prize in crime fiction is now in its 17th year and celebrates crime writing at its best, transporting readers around the world from Calcutta to California to the frigid North Sea.

This books on this year’s shortlist encompass a vast array of themes and topics, from white supremacy and radicalisation to PTSD and homelessness, and from nail-biting hostage situations to tales of addiction, desperation and rehab.

The six shortlisted books for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2021 are:

–          The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths (Quercus, Quercus Fiction)

The creator of Norfolk’s best loved forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway Elly Griffiths is hoping that her seventh prize nomination takes her one step further to take the title. The twelfth novel in the whodunnit series, The Lantern Men sees Galloway return to the fens to hunt down a serial killer.

–          Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton (Penguin Random House UK, Viking)

Sunday Times bestselling author Rosamund Lupton’s thrilling story of gunmen opening fire on a Somerset School has clinched a coveted spot on the shortlist. Three Hours sets the clock ticking for the hostages in a nail-biting exploration of white supremacy and radicalisation.

–          The Last Crossing by Brian McGilloway (Little, Brown Book Group, Constable)

Northern Irish author Brian McGilloway’s second nomination for political thriller The Last Crossingwhichlooks atThe Troubles from the perspective of view of former operatives who like to think they have moved on.

–          Death in the East by Abir Mukherjee (VINTAGE, Harvill Secker)

Scottish-Bengali author Abir Mukherjee is vying for his latest Wyndham & Banerjee novel Death in the East – described by The Times as “the best so far of an unmissable series”. A mesmerising portrait of India, Assam and East End London, perhaps this third nomination for will prove lucky for the account-turned best-selling author?

–          We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker (Bonnier Books UK, Zaffre)

This year’s longlist recognises author Chris Whitaker who hopes to claim the trophy on his first ever nomination with We Begin at The End – a powerful story of crime, punishment, love and redemption set in coastal California.

–          The Man on the Street by Trevor Wood (Quercus, Quercus Fiction)

Trevor Wood’s meteoric rise continues as the debut author goes from being selected for Val McDermid’s highly respected ‘New Blood’ panel at the 2020 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival to being shortlisted for the coveted trophy with his acclaimed novel The Man on the Street. As a former naval officer, Wood brings to bear remarkable insight in this story of a homeless Falklands veteran with severe PTSD turned criminal investigator.

You can now vote for the winner via www.harrogatetheakstoncrimeaward.com and the winner will be announced on the opening night of Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Thursday 22 July, and will receive £3,000, and a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakston Old Peculier.

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