The Hammett Prize is bestowed by The International Association of Crime Writers (North American Branch). The award was given in June, 2022 for a 2021 work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by an American or Canadian author. The prize is the famous ‘Thin Man’ bronze trophy, and bragging rights. 🙂
Congratulations to the winner (indicated in red) and all the nominees!
- Razorblade Tears, by S.A. Cosby – a story of bloody retribution, heartfelt change—and maybe even redemption.
- Stung, by William Deverell – a lawyer must defend seven boisterous environmentalists accused of sabotaging an Ontario plant that pumps out a pesticide that has led to the mass death of honeybees.
- Five Decembers, by James Kestrel – a gripping thriller, a staggering portrait of war, and a heartbreaking love story.
- Harlem Shuffle, by Colson Whitehead – entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s.
- The Sacrifice of Lester Yates, by Robin Yocum – new political thriller from the author of bestselling novel The Essay.
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