The Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year shortlist 2013 has been published and the winner will be announced on Saturday 14th September. The competition is judged by top critics – former Times editor Magnus Linklater, the Daily Record’s Shari Low and Baillie Liz Cameron of Glasgow City Council.
The award of the trophy and a cheque for £1,000 ‘provides Scottish Crime Writing with recognition and aims to raise the profile and prestige of the genre as a whole. Scottish roots are a must for competition applications, all of whom are required to be either a permanent resident, work predominately in Scotland or of course born into the Scottish ways. Crime fiction, crime non-fiction and anthologies of short crime stories are all eligible. ‘
Charles Cumming won the award in 2012 with A Foreign Country – 4 people who borrowed it already have rated it 5 star!
The 2013 shortlist has some well known, well respected, popular crime writers – Ian Rankin and Val McDermid, plus new talent in the shape of emerging writers, such as Malcolm MacKay. The titles are: • Ann Cleeves – Dead Water • Gordon Ferris – Pilgrim Soul • Malcolm MacKay – How a Gunman Says Goodbye • Denise Mina – The Red Road • Val McDermid – The Vanishing Point • Ian Rankin – Standing in Another Man’s Grave
Denise Mina’s, The Red Road and Ian Rankin’s, Standing in Another Man’s Grave explore how the events of the past have an effect on the present day. Settings for the books are also diverse – Ann Cleeves’ Dead Water is set in the Shetland isles, Gordon Ferris’ Pilgrim Soul ranges from Glasgow to Germany, and The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid ifeatures the US.