International Association of Crime Writers, North American Branch


Dashiell Hammett


The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers is pleased to announce nominees for their annual HAMMETT PRIZE for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author.

The nominees are as follows:

The Marsh King’s Daughter: A Novel
, by Karen Dionne
(G. P. Putnam’s Sons)

The Tragedy of Brady Sims: A Novel
, by Ernest J. Gaines (Vintage)

August Snow
, by Stephen Mack Jones (Soho Crime)

Two Days Gone: A Novel
, by Randall Silvis (Sourcebooks Landmark)

A reading committee of IACW/NA members selected the nominees, based on recommendations from other members and the publishing community. The committee was headed by Del Staecker and included Gil Adamson, Ron Franscell, Paul Justin Heald, and Ann Romeo.

The winner will be chosen by three distinguished outside judges: Vera Marowitz, owner of the Bookworm in Bernardsville, New Jersey; Robert Sutherland-Cohen, author of Tesla for Beginners; John Timpane, Media and Fine Arts Editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The organization will name the HAMMETT PRIZE winner, during the NoirCon conference in Philadelphia, November 1-4. The winner will receive a bronze trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger.