The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers announced the nominees for their annual Hammett Prize for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author. The nominees are as follows:
- Cataract City: A Novel by Craig Davidson
- Green Light for Murder by Heywood Gould
- Angel Baby: A Novel by Richard Lange
- Caught by Lisa Moore
- The Double by George P. Pelecanos
Via Mystery Fanfare
»From where I sit, Pelecanos gets it all just right, and that he tells a hell of a good story is just very nice icing on a very tasty cake.«
Spero Lucas goes searching for a missing painting and the deadly boyfriend of a jilted woman. Jonathan Yardley about the latest thriller The Double by George Pelecanos. His review at The Washington Post.
»For Pelecanos, we are all just people, desperate to find a way through the murk of existence, investigator and criminal, perpetrator and victim, two sides of an irreconcilable coin. By rendering his characters equally self-aware and damaged, he affirms something about them while also making us complicit in their acts.«
David L. Ulin
The struggle with moral ambiguity: David L. Ulin on the new novel The Double by George Pelecanos. His review at the Los Angeles Times.