International Association of Crime Writers, North American Branch

NEWS

Dashiell Hammett


THE DO-RIGHT NAMED WINNER OF NORTH AMERICAN HAMMETT PRIZE

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers is pleased to announce that The Do-Right, by Lisa Sandlin (Cinco Puntos Press), has been named the winner of the organization's annual HAMMETT PRIZE for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing.

The winning title was chosen by a group of three distinguished outside judges: Peter Eckersall, author of Performativity and Event in 1960s Japan: City, Body, Memory and Professor in Theatre at CUNY Graduate Center; Gina Pollock, owner of BR Books in Lancaster, PA; and author Luanne Rice whose most recent novel is The Secret Language of Sisters.

The judges selected from among five finalists nominated from the hundreds of crime books published in 2015. These five titles were selected by the organization's nominations committee headed by Michael Bowen.

Other books nominated for the 2015 HAMMETT PRIZE were The Stranger by Harlan Coben (Dutton); Sorrow Lake: A March and Walker Crime Novel, by Michael J. McCann (Plaid Raccoon Press); The Whites: A Novel, by Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt (Henry Holt); The Organ Broker: A Novel, by Stu Strumwasser (Arcade Publishing).

Ms. Sandlin was awarded a bronze trophy, designed by West Coast sculptor, Peter Boiger. The award ceremony took place in Philadelphia, on October 29, during the NoirCon 2016 conference.