Lambda Literary Awards 2009: Die nominierten Krimis
Zum 21. Mal werden in den USA die Lambda Literary Awards vergeben, mit denen lesbische, schwule, bisexuelle und transgender Literatur in verschiedenen Kategorien ausgezeichnet werden. Wie in jedem Jahr gibt es auch diesmal die Kategorien â€œLesbian Mysteryâ€ und â€œGay Mysteryâ€, also lesbische bzw. schwule Kriminalromane. Die Gewinner werden auf einer Gala am 28. Mai 2009 in New York bekannt gegeben.
Es folgen die nominierten Bücher:
Die Nominierungen in den Kategorien
Stephen Anabel: The Fisher Boy
(Verlag: Poisoned Pen Press)
Spiraling from the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown has long been a place of freedom, escape, diversity, and risk. A gay resort, an art colony, and a working fishing port, it is at once gritty and hedonistic, beautiful and complex.
Boston comic Mark Winslow arrives with his troupe of improv actors ready to break into the Provincetown club circuit. But the town and the regionâ€”seared by drought and caught in the culture warâ€”are anything but peaceful this summer. Does the tall ship in the harbor bear an unusually large number of Scandinavian tourists? If not, who are the blond and ragged people insisting they are associated with it?
Then a public fight makes Mark the prime suspect in the grisly butchering of a Boston blueblood. Mark believes his choice is simple: find the killer or be charged with the crime.
Amid the clam shacks and craft shops, art galleries and nude beaches, undercurrents are pulling at the surface of normality, like riptides beneath seemingly calm water. Could the disappearance of a famous painter 80 years in the pastâ€”and the story of his masterpiece, The Fisher Boyâ€”somehow lie at the center of the whirlpool of evil threatening to extinguish Markâ€™s life? The Fisher Boy is Stephen Anableâ€™s debut novel.
Anthony Bidulka: Sundowner Ubuntu
(Verlag: Insomniac Press)
A motherâ€™s pain. A million dollars. A missing son. Desperate to right old wrongs, a new client hires Russell Quant to locate her son, Matthew, lost to her for twenty years. But can money relieve remorse? Through good old-fashioned detective work, Russell peels away the layers of a carefully-concealed life, grown from seeds of traumatic childhood and violence. Tracking Matthewâ€™s life from the schoolyard drug culture of a pleasant prairie cityâ€™s underbelly to the stunning vistas, vibrant townships and tinderbox safaris of Africa, Russell finds much more than what he was looking for.
Ever adept at making both friends and foes, worlds collide as Quant runs a gauntlet of uncharted danger. Thrust into the unfamiliar role of bad guy, stymied by seemingly insurmountable distrust and base fear, Russell cuts a blistering swath through covert threats and overt bullets. But as he searches for his Canadian needle in an African haystack, the brutality escalates. Confronting his own role in the cause and effect of scars and anger, retribution and revenge, Russell Quant faces a difficult question: What happens when the prodigal son resists the return?
Neil Plakcy: Mahu Fire
(Verlag: Alyson Books)
Six months have passed since Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapaka’a’s return to Honolulu from his undercover assignment on the North Shore. He’s becoming more comfortable with his visibility as Honolulu’s only openly gay homicide detective, including mentoring a group of gay teens.
Kimo, his family and friends are attending a local charity event in support of gay marriage when a bomb disrupts the gala. Kimo is determined to find out who feels strongly enough against the issue to kill– but it’s possible that his high profile will stand in his way.
Scott Sherman: First You Fall
(Verlag: Alyson Books)
When his friendâ€™s death is ruled a suicide, Kevin Connorâ€”a hustler by trade, sleuth by defaultâ€”sets out to prove a case of murder. It doesnâ€™t help matters that the victimâ€™s grown children, who disapproved of their fatherâ€™s gay lifestyle, are only concerned about their inheritance. But they are not Kevinâ€™s only problem. His high-strung mother has moved in with himâ€”and she knows nothing about his questionable . . . job.
John Morgan Wilson: Spider Season
(Verlag: St. Martin’s Press )
Benjamin Justice was once one of the most prominent and respected journalists in Los Angeles, even the country. But when it was discovered that he’d invented the sources for his Pulitzer Prize winning series of articles, he lost everything – his job, his reputation, his friends. Now, many years later, Justice has finally published a memoir revealing the truth behind the events that cost him so much and made him permanently radioactive in the journalism community. And this book may be his last chance to turn things around, to make a living writing as he’d always wanted.
But his memoir brings out more than the truth – it brings out long-forgotten , long hidden ghosts from his past. And Justice finds himself, and everyone/everything he holds dear under attack.
Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall: Blind Faith
(Verlag: Bold Strokes Books)
When private investigator Yoshi Yakamota and the Blind Eye Detective Agency are hired to find a womanâ€™s missing sister, the assignment seems fairly mundane. Then two teens fall to their death from a rocky oceanside cliff in what appears to be a tragic accident. Although the events seem unrelated, they have one thing in common: the controversial Pioneer Institute, a residential ex-gay youth program. Will sending a Blind Eye team member undercover reveal what’s behind the school’s terrible safety record, or will it just put the spy in harmâ€™s way?
Josie Gordon: Wacked
(Verlag: Bella Books)
Death by family values. Lonnie Squires knows that if they’d warned her about this possibility in seminary, she would certainly have remembered.
One little day of perfectionâ€”it hadnâ€™t seemed like an impossible task. Scrub up Middelburg and keep it looking morally upright and conservatively righteous for just one day. Called on by her bishop to pull off this simple feat, vice principal Lonnie Squires believes her experience with primary school kids and their parents has equipped her for the challenge. She plans to survive the summer with plenty of time to spare for indulging her rabid devotion to soccer. It’s not as if a girlfriend will be missing her.
Politicos, parishioners and the general populace all want a piece of the actionâ€”and of her, if anything goes wrong. It’s just one little day where everyone pretends no one has any secrets. But Lonnie soon discovers the inherent flaw in the idea when the journalist who planned to expose the hypocrisy of Family Values Day turns up dead. With the swing of a shovel, Lonnieâ€™s one little day turns into one big nightmare.
What secrets would someone kill to protect? Is anyone who they seem to be? And, most of all, which upstanding Middelburg citizen now wants Lonnie dead as well?
ane Lawless is at her wit’s end keeping her Minneapolis restaurants running while volunteering on her father’s campaign for governor. With an eleven-point lead, the race is Ray Lawless’s to lose, but all that changes when his rival posts a list of violent criminals that are back on the streets early, thanks to Ray’s work during his career as a defense lawyer. Corey Hodge is one of the convicts that took Ray’s advice to plead guilty for a crime that he swears he didn’t commit. Bitter from time served, revenge lurks in the back of his mind. Then one of Ray’s young campaign volunteers is killed, and with the murder mirroring the crime Corey was convicted of, Jane has to bring the killer to justice to save her father’s political career and to keep Corey from going to prison again.
Jessica Thomas: Losers Weepers
(Verlag: Bella Books)
Shortly after beautiful, slightly wild, 17-year old Zoe Catlett shocks her family with the news she is a lesbian, they receive a phone call demanding her ransom. Zoeâ€™s stepmother is convinced the â€œkidnappingâ€ is a ploy. Zoeâ€™s father has plenty of money, but Zoe wants to go to acting school, not the Ivy League institution he has picked out. Even so, it might not have been wise to tell the threatening caller, „We don’t have a million dollars handy, so I’m afraid you’ll just have to keep her.“
Itâ€™s the more sensible grandmother of the missing girl who contacts Private Detective Alex Peres for help. Alex no sooner takes up the case when a dear friendâ€™s death leaves her with another mystery on her hands. Names and family secrets between the two cases overlap, as do plenty of people with motive for mayhemâ€”and maybe even murder. No longer convinced her friendâ€™s death was suicide, Alex finds herself neck-deep in a complex and emotionally draining web of danger and deceit. Can she solve one case without doing irreparable harm to those involved in the otherâ€”and herself?
Ali Vali: Calling the Dead
(Verlag: Bold Strokes Books)
Detective Sept Savoie is a cop who thinks making a relationship work is harder than catching a serial killer, but her current case may prove her wrong.
Six months after Hurricane Katrina has devastated most of New Orleans, Detective Sept Savoie is battling the nightmare of everything the storm has taken from her when a brutalized body turns up behind one of New Orleansâ€™s most famous restaurants, run by Keegan Blanchard. The more Sept works through the clues, the more they point to Keegan, making the relationship growing between them anything but love at first sight. The first death is only the beginning, though, as the miles of deserted neighborhoods Katrina left behind provide the perfect stage for murder.
Alle weiteren Nominierungen in den anderen Kategorien finden sich → hier.