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Dexter honoured as Theakstons crime novel shortlist revealed
05.07.12 | Katie Allen
Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter is to receive the Theakstons Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award. Meanwhile Transworld and Orion each have two titles on the shortlist for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year award.
Dexter, previously a recipient of the Crime Writers Association’s Diamond Dagger, will receive the recognition at an awards ceremony opening this year's festival on 19th July.
He said: “Never had I thought that the gods would be kindly enough to give me such a huge honour so late in my life. Yet here I am, in my early eighties, feeling a profound and heartfelt gratitude for the great honour bestowed on me.”
Transworld's Now You See Me by S J Bolton and Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson, and Orion's The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina and Black Flowers by Steve Mosby all feature on this year's shortlist for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.
Also shortlisted are Where the Bodies Are Buried by Chris Brookmyre (Little, Brown) and The Burning Soul by John Connolly (Hodder).
The overall winner will be decided by public vote which opens today at www.theakstons.co.uk and by a panel of experts chaired by Mark Billingham.
The winner will be announced on 19th July, receiving £3,000 and an engraved beer barrel from the Theakstons brewery.
Now in its eighth year, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, in partnership with Asda and in association with the Daily Mirror, was created to celebrate the very best in crime writing.