Nominees für den Hammett Prize 2009
Der muntere Reigen der Preisnominierungen geht weiter. Nach dem Edgar nun der Hammett Prize. Die nordamerikanische Sektion der → International Association of Crime Writers (IACW) hat die Nominierungen für den Hammett-Preis veröffentlicht. Der Hammett wird jährlich für exzellente literarische Werke in der Kriminalliteratur an Autorinnen oder Autoren aus den USA oder Kanada vergeben. Der oder die Preisträger werden in diesem Jahr während der NAIBA Bookseller Sales Conference in Baltimore bekannt gegeben. Die Konferenz findet am 4. und 5. Oktober 2009 statt.
Es folgen die fünf nominierten Bücher:
Heywood Gould: Leading Lady
On a gray winter’s day in New York, a motley group of strangers are thrust together. The cast of characters includes: an escaped convict, an „exotic“ dancer, a coked-up Mafia killer, a shady Russian billionaire, a super agent on a secret mission, a wealthy woman hiding a guilty past, a three-fingered Albanian crook who hopes he’ll make it through the day, and a decrepit wiseguy who just wants to finish his Cream of Wheat.
Their lives collide when high-class burglar Jerry Lang breaks out of jail intent on avenging the murder of Gloria Pavlich, his partner and „leading lady.“ Two years before, they had returned from stealing a rare painting to find the cops waiting. In the ensuing struggle, Lang shot a detective. And Gloria disappeared, never to be heard from again.
Lang’s first stop is the Casbah, where he meets a „leading-lady-for-a-day“ and they embark on a twisting, turning journey through New York’s underworld with a surprise around every corner.
Colin Harrison: The Finder
Harrison spins the story of a young, beautiful, secretive Chinese woman, Jin-Li, who gets involved in a brilliant scheme to steal valuable information from corporations in New York City. When the plan is discovered by powerful New Yorkers who stand to lose enormous sums of money, Jin-Li goes on the run. Meanwhile, her former lover, Ray Grant, a man who was out of the country for years but has recently returned, is caught up in the search for her. Ray has not been forthcoming to Jin-Li about why he left New York or what he was doing overseas, but his training and strengths will be put to the ultimate test against those who are unmerciful in their desire to regain a fortune lost. Ray is going to have to find Jin-Li, and he is going to have to find her fast.
David Levien: City of the Sun
Riveting suspense in the tradition of Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly, City of the Sun introduces retired detective Frank Behrâ€”an imposing, charismatic former cop who agrees to take the case of a boy whoâ€™s been missing for over a year.
Jamie Gabriel gets on his bike before dawn to deliver newspapers in his suburban Indianapolis neighborhood. He is twelve years old. Somewhere en route, as the October sky lightens, he vanishes without a trace.
Fourteen months later, Paul and Carol Gabriel are on the verge of abandoning all hope. Crushed by frustrating dead ends and exhausted by a police force that cannot (or will not) find their son, the Gabriels finally find a ray of hope: the name of an elusive private investigator who may represent their last chance.
Frank Behr is an enigmatic mountain of a man, a former cop who wants to helpâ€”but knows better than to give the Gabriels any hope of a happy ending. He has worked this kind of case too often. But Paulâ€™s plea stirs up old personal demons that Behr can no longer ignore. Going against everything he fears, Behr enters into an uneasy partnership with Paul on a quest for the truth that is, in turn, dangerous â€¦ and haunting.
Richly textured and crackling with suspense on every page, City of the Sun weaves a moody narrative that hinges on the bond between a damaged detective and a lost father. From the antiseptic comforts of suburban Indianapolis to the cityâ€™s seamy underworld, David Levien introduces a private investigator as complex, idiosyncratic, and sympathetic as any in modern crime fiction. Levien is a gifted storyteller who will keep readers guessing right up until the final, explosive scene.
George Pelecanos: The Turnaround
On a hot summer afternoon in 1972, three teenagers drove into an unfamiliar neighborhood and six lives were altered forever.
Thirty five years later, one survivor of that day reaches out to another, opening a door that could lead to salvation. But another survivor is now out of prison, looking for reparation in any form he can find it.
The Turnaround takes us on a journey from the rock-and-soul streets of the ’70s to the changing neighborhoods of D.C. today, from the diners and auto garages of the city to the inside of Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, where wounded men and women have returned to the world in a time of war. A novel of fathers and sons, wives and husbands, loss, victory and violent redemption, The Turnaround is another compelling, highly charged novel from George Pelecanos, „the best crime novelist in America.“ â€”Oregonian
Abraham Rodriguez: South by South Bronx
When Puerto Rican ladies‘ man Alex awakes one morning to find a mysterious woman in his bed, he assumes he’s suffered another embarrassing blackout. He soon learns, however, that Ava is no one-night stand–in fact, he’s never met her before. As her story begins to unfold, and her reason for appearing in his bed emerges, it is not just Alex’s life that she risks, nor her own, but the entire character of the South Bronx…
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