- Now You See Me by SJ Bolton (Transworld)
- Where the Bodies are Buried by Chris Brookmyre (Little, Brown)
- The Burning Soul by John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton)
- The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina (Orion)
- Black Flowers by Steve Mosby (Orion)
- Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson (Transworld)
Now in its eighth year, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, in partnership with Asda – who will promote the shortlisted titles in stores nationwide from today – and in association with the Daily Mirror, was created to celebrate the very best in crime writing and is open to British and Irish authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1st June 2011 to 31st May 2012.
The overall winner will be decided by a public vote and a panel of experts which this year comprises DI Tom Thorne actor David Morrissey, Festival chair Mark Billingham, Daily Mirror Literary Editor and crime novelist Henry Sutton, Asda Fiction Buyer Ruth Lewis, and Simon Theakston, Executive Director of T&R Theakston Ltd.
The public vote opens today, Thursday 5th July (UK time), and closes on Tuesday 17th July at www.theakstons.co.uk
The winner of the prize will be announced by title sponsor Simon Theakston at an award ceremony hosted by radio broadcaster and Festival regular Mark Lawson on Thursday 19th July, the opening night of the 10th Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. The winner will receive a £3,000 cash prize as well as a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakstons brewery.
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