Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime novel of the year

RubberneckerIt was announced in July, but in case you missed it, Belinda Bauer’s Rubbernecker won the 2014 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award, worth £3000.

It is Bauer’s fourth novel  and judge Steve Mosby hailed the novel as an “extraordinary crime novel. The voice is original and compelling, the structure innovative, and the whole an utterly absorbing and brilliantly realised novel,” he said. “This is a really special book.”

Patrick who has Asperger’s Syndrome. has been on the outside all his life. Thoughtful, but different, and infuriating even to his own mother, his life changes when he follows an obsession with death to study anatomy at university. When he uncovers a crime that everybody else was too close to see, he proves finally that he has been right all along: nothing is exactly as it seems, and that there have been many more lies closer to home.

Bauer won the CWA Gold Dagger with her 2010 debut Blacklands.