Paula Hawkins, Steve Cavanagh, Clare Mackintosh and Jo Nesbo are among the writers who have picked up two shortlistings apiece for the inaugural Dead Good Reader Awards.
The awards, nominated and voted for by readers, will be presented in Harrogate this July at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.
Each of the six awards was created in collaboration with the Dead Good Facebook community and celebrates a unique element in crime writing.
Hawkins’ debut The Girl on the Train (Transworld) is shortlisted for The Dead Good Recommends Award for Most Recommended Book, alongside I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Transworld), The Defence by Steve Cavanagh (Orion), I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh (Sphere), The Lie by C L Taylor (Avon), and No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary (Headline).
Hawkins, Cavanagh and Mackintosh are also shortlisted for The Reichenbach Falls Award for Most Epic Ending, alongside The Nightmare Place by Steve Mosby (Orion), Personal by Lee Child (Transworld), and The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid (Sphere).
Jo Nesbo’s detective Harry Hole makes the shortlist for The Lee Child Award for Best Loner or Detective. Also on the shortlist are Robert Galbraith’s creation Cormoran Strike, Ian Rankin’s John Rebus, Sharon Bolton’s Lacey Flint, Tim Weaver’s David Raker, and Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope.
Nesbo features again on the shortlist for The Patricia Highsmith Award for Most Exotic Location, with his depiction of Oslo in Police (Vintage), as does Taylor for her version of Nepal in The Lie. Also making the shortlist are Marnie Riches for Amsterdam in The Girl who wouldn’t Die (Maze); The Bones Beneath by Mark Billingham (Sphere) for Bardsey Island; Peter Swanson’s depiction of Boston in The Kind Worth Killing (Faber); and Julia Croch’s Greece in The Long Fall (Headline).
Established names will battle it out for The Val McDermid Award for Fiendish Forensics. The shortlist is Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs (Cornerstone); Die Again by Tess Gerritsen (Transworld); The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths (Quercus); Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell (Harper); Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer (Transworld); and Time of Death by Mark Billingham (Sphere).
The final award is The Dr Lecter Award for Scariest Villain. Making the shortlist are The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (Harper); Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes (Myriad); An Evil Mind by Chris Carter (Simon and Schuster); The Stand by Stephen King (Hodder); You are Dead by Peter James (Macmillan); and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Quercus).
The awards will now be open to a public vote. The winners will be selected online and physically at the festival itself. Votes made at the festival will be weighted to make up 50% of the total votes.
The winners will be announced at a special festival event on Friday 17th July.
Each winner will receive a specially designed magnifying glass trophy.