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CHILD 44 has made the shortlist for Crime Novel Of the Year, the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Prize awarded on the opening night of the Harrogate Crime festival. Obviously I’m thrilled. The shortlist which was decided by a public vote. However, a slightly different system is used to decide the winner, a combination of a judging panel and a public vote. There is still time to vote, so go to the Harrogate festival website in order to register your vote.


Here is the information taken from that website. You can even attend the ceremony on Thursday 22nd July. I’ll be there. Tickets are available for sale, once again, check out their website for more information.

The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Shortlist has been announced.

Unlike other literary awards, with the Crime Novel of the Year it’s what readers think that really counts. Voting is open from 1st to 21st July to help determine which books from the Shortlist of 8 books – all chosen by you, the readers, in a 1st round vote – will go on to take the prize.

The eventual winner will be decided by combining the result of this public vote with the votes of a panel of expert judges: Jenni Murray, BBC Radio 4 broadcaster and author; John Dugdale, Guardian Associate Media Editor;  Natalie Haynes, comedian and journalist; and  Simon Theakston, Executive Director of T&R Theakston Ltd.

The 2010 Shortlist

In The Dark – Mark Billingham
The Surrogate – Tania Carver
A Simple Act Of Violence - RJ Ellory
The Crossing Places – Elly Griffiths
Dead Tomorrow – Peter James
Gallows Lane – Brian McGilloway
Doors Open – Ian Rankin
Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith


  1. I love both of Tom Rob Smith’s books, child 44 is still in my memory, I just got finishing the Secret Speech and it was a page turner I just could not put it down for very long. I can not wait until the next installment of what happens to Risa and Leo. Unless the author desides to go another way with new characters I will still read all of his books, I hope to anyway.

    Thank you so very much for writing such suspensefull books, I loved reading both and will continue to be a fan.

    Comment by Linda Gardner — August 5, 2010 @ 3:39 pm
  2. Thanks for your comments Linda.

    The next installment will be the last story for Leo and Raisa, and it will be published in 2011. The title, after some debate, will be THE LAST ADVERSARY.

    Warm regards

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