CrimeFest 2012 Awards Shortlists

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From the press release:

Crime’s biggest hitters Lee Child, George Pelecanos and Anthony Horowitz are pitted against newcomers including S.J. Watson and Thomas Enger in CrimeFest’s fifth annual awards ceremony.

CrimeFest is thrilled to announce the shortlists for the 2012 CrimeFest Awards. Now in their fifth year, the awards shortlists are stronger than ever, as high profile names battle for acclaim in the following categories:

AUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARDS

The Audible Sounds of Crime Awards are for the best abridged and unabridged crime audiobooks in both printed and audio formats, with shortlists and winning titles established by Audible UK listeners.

Nominees for Best Abridged Crime Audiobook:

Lee Child for The Affair, read by Kerry Shale (Random House Audiobooks)

James Henry for First Frost, read by David Jason (Random House Audiobooks)

Simon Kernick for The Payback, read by Daniel Weyman (Random House Audiobooks)

Donna Leon for Drawing Conclusions, read by Andrew Sachs (Random House Audiobooks)

Alexander McCall Smith for The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, read by Adjoa Andoh (Hachette Digital)

Nominees for Best Unabridged Crime Audiobook:

Ben Aaronovitch for Rivers of London, read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Orion Audio with Isis Publishing)

Michael Connelly for The Fifth Witness, read by Peter Giles (Orion Audio)

David Hewson for The Fallen Angel, read by Saul Reichlin (Whole Story Audio Books)

Anthony Horowitz for The House of Silk, read by Derek Jacobi (Orion Audio)

S. J. Watson for Before I Go To Sleep, read by Susannah Harker (Random House Audio with AudioGO)

GOLDSBORO LAST LAUGH AWARD

The Goldsboro Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel, with shortlist and winning title selected by a team of British crime fiction reviewers. The shortlist is:

Declan Burke for Absolute Zero Cool (Liberties Press)

Colin Cotterill for Killed at the Whim of a Hat (Quercus)

Chris Ewan for The Good Thief’s Guide to Venice (Simon & Schuster)

Christopher Fowler for Bryant & May and the Memory of Blood (Doubleday)

Carl Hiaasen for Star Island (Sphere)

Doug Johnstone for Smokeheads (Faber and Faber)

Elmore Leonard for Djibouti (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

L.C. Tyler for Herring on the Nile (Macmillan)

eDUNNIT AWARD

The eDunnit Award is for the best crime fiction ebook first published in both hardcopy and in electronic format, with the shortlist and winning title selected by a team of British crime fiction reviewers. The nominees are:

Linwood Barclay for The Accident (Orion)

Thomas Enger for Burned (Faber and Faber)

Dennis Lehane for Moonlight Mile (Little, Brown Book Group)

Adrian Magson for Death on the Rive Nord (Allison & Busby)

Denise Mina for The End of the Wasp Season (Orion)

Steve Mosby for Black Flowers (Orion)

George Pelecanos for The Cut (Orion)

With both major and independent publishers represented, and the mix of national and international, new and established authors, the shortlists very much reflect the spirit of CrimeFest.

Co-organiser and co-founder of CrimeFest, Adrian Muller, said: “The shortlists are the best we have ever had, and they fit in perfectly with the killer line-up of Featured Guest Authors and our extensive programme of events to help us celebrate CrimeFest’s fifth anniversary”.

The winners of each award are to be announced at CrimeFest’s annual Gala Dinner on Saturday 26th May.

About CrimeFest:

This year’s CrimeFest will be taking place in Bristol from 24th-27th May. A host of top names from the crime world, including Lee Child, Sue Grafton, P.D. James, Jeffrey Deaver and Roslund & Hellström, are lined up to help CrimeFest celebrate its fifth year as one of the most popular events in the crime fiction calendar.

CrimeFest 2012 will be host to several special events, including a launch event in association with Pan Macmillan for the novelisation of the Scandinavian TV drama ‘The Killing’, and the CWA Shortlist Reception – announcing the shortlist for their prestigious Dagger awards, as well as a full programme of author talks and panels.

The 2012 CrimeFest Awards:

Entries

In all awards, eligible titles were submitted by publishers. Eligible titles had to be first published in the UK in 2011.

Audible Sounds Of Crime Awards

The Audible Sounds of Crime Awards are for the best abridged and unabridged crime audiobooks first published in the UK in 2011 in both printed and audio formats, and available for download from audible.co.uk, Britain’s largest provider of downloadable audiobooks. Courtesy of sponsor Audible UK, the winning authors and audiobook readers share the £1,000 prize equally and each receives a commemorative award provided by Bristol Blue Glass. Eligible titles were submitted by publishers for the longlist, and Audible UK listeners established the shortlist and the winning title.

Goldsboro Last Laugh Award

The £500 prize is sponsored by Goldsboro Books, the book collector’s bookseller. The winner also receives a commemorative award courtesy of Bristol Blue Glass. Eligible titles were submitted by publishers for the longlist, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.

eDunnit Award

The winning author receives £500, an eReader, as well as a commemorative award courtesy of Bristol Blue Glass. Eligible titles were submitted by publishers for the longlist, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.