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Monday, July 1, 2013

The Irish Crime Novel of the Year

So here we are, halfway through the year, roughly speaking, and I’m throwing an eye forward towards November and the Irish Book Awards and wondering what the shortlist for the Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year might look like.
  It’s an interesting year in many respects, not least because 2013 is a year in which many of the big names in Irish crime fiction – John Connolly, Tana French, Gene Kerrigan, Eoin McNamee, Colin Bateman, Arlene Hunt, Alex Barclay, Declan Hughes – haven’t published a crime fiction title. That said, the list of possible contenders below contains a number of previously nominated authors, as well as one or two winners.
  Of the 16 titles already published this year, there are at least nine novels that I would consider worthy winners, let alone nominees. And there are a further six titles, that I’m aware of, to be published in the second half of the year.
  If I’ve missed out on any, by the way, please feel free to drop a comment in the box below tipping me off.
  Anyway, here’s the list of possible contenders – in no particular order – that have already been published:

GRAVELAND by Alan Glynn;

THE DEAL by Michael Clifford;

THE STRANGER YOU KNOW by Jane Casey;

THE CITY OF SHADOWS by Michael Russell;

CROCODILE TEARS by Mark O’Sullivan;

SCREWED by Eoin Colfer;

THE TWELFTH DEPARTMENT by William Ryan;

COLD SPRING by Patrick McGinley;

HIDDEN by Casey Hill;

RATLINES by Stuart Neville;

THE POLKA DOT GIRL by Darragh McManus;

HOLY ORDERS by Benjamin Black;

I HEAR THE SIRENS IN THE STREET by Adrian McKinty;

THE JERUSALEM PUZZLE by Laurence O’Bryan;

IRREGULARS by Kevin McCarthy;

THE STATION SERGEANT by John McAllister;

ONCE IN ANOTHER WORLD by Brendan John Sweeney;

STIFFED by Rob Kitchin;

  And then there are the novels that will be published in the second half of the year:

THE MEMORY THEATRE by Conor Fitzgerald;

BLINK by Niamh O’Connor;

THE DOLL’S HOUSE by Louise Phillips;

THE CROSS OF VENGEANCE by Cora Harrison;

PURGATORY by Ken Bruen;

ECHOLAND by Joe Joyce;

HURT by Brian McGilloway;

  If you can pick the six titles out that lot that will make the Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year shortlist, you’re a better man and/or woman than I …

UPDATE: Louise Phillips points out that Arlene Hunt will publish THE OUTSIDER in October. Thanks kindly, ma’am.

8 comments:

Rob Kitchin said...

I've read seven of these and am reading an eighth at present and will have a ninth read by the weekend. There are some really good books amongst that selection and picking a shortlist is not going to be easy. Those books being published in the second half of the year is only going to make the choice more difficult, but will at least give folk more great reading. I do hope New Island get one or two books nominated as it would be nice to see an Irish publisher in the mix given a few of these titles are published by them.

Laurence O'Bryan said...

Hi Declan, my next novel, The Manhattan Puzzle, possibly my strongest yet, will be out Oct 10, in time for the cut, though perhaps too late to get short listed.Thanks for including me.

Declan Burke said...

It'll be a very tough call, alright, Rob - although I guess it's a tough one every year.

Declan Burke said...

I like your approach, Laurence - two books eligible for inclusion, is that right? Nice.

I'm afraid I don't know what the cut-off point is for the shortlist, but I'd imagine October would come in under the wire. It's in October the shortlists are announced, if memory serves ...

Anonymous said...

Declan,I think Ken Bruen is publishing a Jack Taylor novel in August? Paddy

Declan Burke said...

Good spot, Paddy. I ran a piece on Purgatory (the new Jack Taylor) last month, but at that stage it wasn't being published until November. I've included it now, ta.

PS Centre said...

Thanks for putting my book on your list Declan. By the way, I was at the launch of Eight Ball Boogie way back in 2003. Great blog by the way...

Vicky said...

This is cool!