Crime novelists Ian Rankin and Lee Child are among the authors longlisted for this year’s Theakston’s Old Peculier crime novel of the year award.
Rankin’s Saints of the Shadow Bible (Orion Fiction) and Child’s Personal (Bantam) are up against 16 other novels, including The Facts of Life and Death, published by Black Swan and written by Belinda Bauer, the winner of last year’s award.
Also on the longlist are The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson (Hodder & Stoughton), The Farm by Tom Rob Smith (Simon & Schuster) and Darkness, Darkness, by John Harvey (Arrow).
Now in its 11th year, the award was created to celebrate British and Irish crime writing and is open to crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1st May 2014 to 30th April 2015.
The award is run by brewery T&R Theakston with the Radio Times and W H Smith, which in May and June will promote the longlisted titles in its 600 stores.
A shortlist of six titles will be announced on the 15th June and the final winner, chosen by a panel of judges and a public vote, will be revealed on the 13th July at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.
The winner will receive a £3,000 cash prize and an engraved beer barrel.
Other titles longlisted include: Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge (Michael Joseph), The Ghost Runner by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury), The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter (Fig Tree), The Axeman's Jazz by Ray Celestin (Mantle), The Killing Season by Mason Cross (Orion Fiction), Bryant & May - The Bleeding Heart by Christopher Fowler (Bantam), The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths (Quercus), The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah (Hodder & Stoughton), Someone Else's Skin by Sarah Hilary (Headline), Entry Island by Peter May (Quercus), Disappeared by Anthony Quinn (Head of Zeus) and A Lovely Way to Burn by Louise Welsh (John Murray Publishers).