The Kiwi crime king, Craig Sisterson, sends word that a shortlist has been chosen for the 2011 Ngaio Marsh Award for best New Zealand crime novel. The 2011 finalists are:
• Blood Men by Paul Cleave (Random House);
• Captured by Neil Cross (Simon & Schuster);
• Hunting Blind by Paddy Richardson (Penguin);
• Slaughter Falls by Alix Bosco (Penguin).
I was a judge in last year's contest, and novels by Cross and Bosco were among my choices for the shortlist (Bosco's Cut & Run won). Cleave is a respected name in New Zealand crime writing, and Richardson is new to me, so I have a nice mix of the old and the new to look forward to on this year's list.
© Peter Rozovsky 2011
The winner will be announced Aug. 21.
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