Neil Cross and Tom Rob Smith longlisted for Crime Novel of the Year

May 18, 2012

Luther: The Calling by Neil Cross and Tom Rob Smith’s Agent 6 are both on the longlist for this year’s Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award.

Cross’ novel – published by Simon & Schuster – is a prequel to the Golden Globe winning BBC TV series also created by the author. The Calling delves deep into the world of the self-destructive, dangerously obsessive and brilliant DCI John Luther. Cross was also a writer on the BBC drama Spooks and was Booker-nominated for his novel Always the Sun.

Critically-acclaimed thriller Agent 6 (also published by Simon & Schuster) is the final part of phenomenal bestseller Smith’s trilogy following KGB agent Leo Demidov. Child 44 – the first part of the trilogy – won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and was nominated for the 2008 Man Booker Prize.

The Crime Novel of the Year award is now in its eighth year and remains one of the most coveted accolades in crime writing. The six shortlisted titles will be revealed on the 5th July with the winner of the £3000 prize announced on the 19th July in Harrogate as part of the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.