We're delighted to announce that Val McDermid's INSIDIOUS INTENT has made the longlist for the 2018 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.
The prize was created to celebrate "the very best in crime fiction" and is open to UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1st May 2017 to 30th April 2018.
The winner is announced at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, hosted in Harrogate each July.
Executive director of T&R Theakston, Simon Theakston, said: “2018’s longlist shows how strong and dynamic the genre is as it features so many debut novels, alongside established names. It shows how crime fiction not only dominates publishing but shapes our cultural landscape.”
The longlist will be promoted in a dedicated online campaign with W H Smith and a nationwide library promotion.
The shortlist of six titles will be announced on 27th May, followed by a six-week promotion in libraries and in W H Smith stores nationwide. The overall winner will be decided by the panel of judges, alongside a public vote, and announced at an award ceremony hosted by broadcaster Mark Lawson on 19th July, the opening night of the 16th Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. The winners will receive a £3,000 cash prize, as well as a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakston Old Peculier.
For more information and the longlist in full, please visit http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com.