Lee Child, Val McDermid and Reginald Hill have all been longlisted for the 2011 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.
The 18-strong list also includes some of the newest names in crime fiction, including Rosamund Lupton's bestselling Sister (Piatkus), Simon Lelic's debut Rupture (Picador) and Blacklands by Belinda Bauer (Corgi).
Simon Theakston, T&R Theakston executive director, said: "I'm delighted to see such a wide range of authors on this year's longlist. It's particularly exciting to see many new names emerging who will hopefully continue to fly the flag for British and Irish crime writing for many years to come."
Now in its seventh year, the award, in partnership with Asda and this year with the Daily Mirror, is open to British and Irish authors published in paperback between 1st January 2010 and 31st May 2011.
From today (13th May), the public will have until 5th June to vote for their favourite novel at www.theakstons.co.uk. The six most popular will make it onto the shortlist, announced on 27th June, and the winner chosen by a panel of judges and announced on the opening night of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate on 21st July.
The winner will receive £3,000 plus a handmade, engraved beer barrel from Theakstons Old Peculier.
The longlist in full:
Blacklands by Belinda Bauer (Corgi)
From the Dead by Mark Billingham (Sphere)
Blood Harvest by S J Bolton (Corgi Books)
61 Hours by Lee Child (Bantam Books)
Winterland by Alan Glynn (Faber)
A Room Swept White by Sophie Hannah (Hodder)
The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill (Harper Fiction)
Rupture by Simon Lelic (Picador)
Sister by Rosamund Lupton (Piatkus)
Dark Blood by Stuart MacBride (Harper Fiction)
Fever of the Bone by Val McDermid (Sphere)
Fifty Grand by Adrian McKinty (Serpent's Tail)
Still Bleeding Steve Mosby (Orion)
The Twelve by Stuart Neville (Vintage)
Random by Craig Robertson (Simon & Schuster)
The Holy Thief by William Ryan (Pan Books)
The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor (Michael Joseph)
A Capital Crime by Laura Wilson, (Quercus)