»Alaric Hunt, a convicted murderer who has been jailed since 1988, pieced together a vision of the outside world gleaned from episodes of Law and Order and novels to write a serial killer thriller that would go on to win him both a literary award and a publishing deal, the New York Times has reported.«
Alaric Hunt’s Cuts Through Bone received $10,000 prize from the Private Eye Writers of America, and a publishing deal. Alison Flood reports at The Guardian.
»Alaric Hunt turned 44 in September. He last saw the outside world at 19. He works every day at the prison library in a maximum-security facility in Bishopville, S.C., passing out the same five magazines and newspapers to the same inmates who chose the library over some other activity. He discovered his favorite writer, Hemingway, at a library like this one, in a different prison. He found the Greek and the Roman philosophers there too. He rediscovered the science-fiction masters who wowed him as a boy and spurred him to write his own stories. And, one Friday three years ago, he found the listing for the contest that would change his life.«
Alaric Hunt is the winner of novel-writing contest, jointly sponsored by Minotaur Books and the Private Eye Writers of America. And Alaric Hunt is serving a life sentence. Sarah Weinman with a worth reading portrait about Mr. Hunt and his debut novel Cuts Through Bone at The New York Times.