Now in its twelfth year, the award was created to celebrate the very best in crime writing and is open to crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2015 to 18 April 2016.
Disclaimer tells the story of Catherine Ravenscroft. Reading a mysterious novel she finds in her bedroom, she is horrified to discover of a day from twenty years ago she’s chosen to forget. Desperate for answers as to who the author is and what they want, she ploughs through the novel, until she reaches the end: the author’s portrayal of her death. The thriller was #1 in The Sunday Times Bestsellers list and remained at the top of the charts for several weeks. It has 30 active foreign language deals worldwide.
I Let You Go was the fastest-selling title by a new crime writer in 2015, having sold over 500,000 copies across paperback and e-book in the UK. Described as ‘astonishingly good’ by Lee Child and ‘chilling, compelling and compassionate’ by Paula Hawkins, the novel also won the reader’s vote in the Richard & Judy Book Club Summer Selection. It is published in over 30 territories worldwide.
The winner will be announced at an award ceremony hosted by broadcaster Mark Lawson on 21 July on the opening night of the 14th Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.
The full shortlist can be found here.