Nominees für den Hammett-Preis 2007
Wo der Edgar gelistet ist, darf der Hammett nicht fehlen. 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 14. und 15. Oktober 2007 statt.
Es folgen die nominierten Bücher:
John Case: Ghost Dancer: A Thriller
International terrorism, arcane scientific breakthroughs, Ayn Rand, and Native American mysticism collide in Ghost Dancer by John Case. When a brilliant scientist with a justifiable grudge against the United States uncovers the secrets to create a potential doomsday device from the notebooks of legendary Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla, his mission is crystal clear: „to stop the motor of the world.“
Jack Wilson has been an outsider from the day he was born. The orphaned offspring of a Caucasian and Native American, Jack was literally found on a Nevada doorstep. Named after the Northern Paiute spiritual leader who founded the Ghost Dance movement, Wilson grew up to be a virtuoso mathematician. But when he tried to patent a groundbreaking invention, the U.S. government not only claimed eminent domain but also set him up and threw him in jail for conspiracy to commit murder. Now free — and allied with an al-Qaeda offshoot — Wilson has traveled to Slovenia and, after much research, uncovered secrets from Tesla’s notebooks to create a harmonic resonance device with enough power to destroy entire cities. (In 1908, Tesla allegedly tested the imperfect electromagnetic pulse beam with disastrous results: hundreds of square miles in Siberia obliterated.) Now, with an operational doomsday device in his hands, the vengeance-obsessed ex-con sets his sights on America. With the U.S. government too busy — or too inept — to properly monitor Wilson, the only person that can stop him is an Irish-American photojournalist who has no idea just how dangerous he isâ€¦
Dan Fesperman: The Prisoner of Guantánamo
Revere Falk – FBI veteran, Arabic speaker – is an interrogator at â€œGitmo,â€ assigned to a â€œhold-out,â€ a Yemeni prisoner who may have valuable information about al-Qaeda. But these duties are temporarily suspended when the body of an American soldier is found washed ashore in Cuban territory. No American has ever turned up dead on the wrong side of the fence before. Suddenly, Cold War tension is back, and Falk finds himself at the heart of it when heâ€™s put in charge of the investigation into the death. Almost immediately he senses an unusual level of interest in the proceedings: from his commander, from the Cubans, and from the various factions of the military. And when the Defense Intelligence Agency unexpectedly sends its own team to â€œreinforceâ€ the investigation, Falk understands that there is much more at play than anybody is willing to admit. He is drawn into a game of evasion and pursuit, a game whose stakes spike dangerously when a figure from his past reappearsâ€”someone who knows secrets about him that he had hoped were buried forever.
An intricately layered, blistering tale of subterfuge and deception at the highest, most hidden levels of the government, and in the most intimate, and vulnerable, moments of individual lives, The Prisoner of Guantánamo is as timely and razor sharp in its depiction of lifeâ€”and deathâ€”at Gitmo as it is unstoppably suspenseful.
Jim Nisbet: Dark Companion
Bannerjhee Rolf is a classic noir victim: he wanders into the wrong world at the wrong time and pays for it inordinately. A scientist working for a California pharmaceutical company, Rolf is suddenly downsized and then becomes entangled in the lives of his drug-dealer neighbor, Toby, and Toby’s wacked-out girlfriend. Chaos ensues quickly, leaving Rolf on the run, marching with stoic resolve to his inevitable end. But what makes this curious novel different from its kin is Rolf’s vibrant inner life: a passionate amateur astronomer, he muses on supernovas, contemplates the poetry of the Crab Nebula, and remembers a long-lost California: „a full moon over San Francisco Bay, the splash of a jumping fish in a Delta channel at dusk, the sussurant clatter of a eucalyptus grove . . . his mind wandered freely among them.“ And that freely wandering mind somehow lights from within the dismal darkness of the noir world. Nisbet’s novels ( The Syracuse Codex, 2005) always look like one thing but turn out to be something else entirely. It is a rare talent, not accessible to all, perhaps, but no less special.
Eine ausführliche Beschreibung findet sich auf der Homepage seines Verlegers unter www.dennismcmillan.com.
Bill Pronzini: The Crimes of Jordan Wise: A Novel
Jordan Wise was an ordinary, unexciting accountant with a San Francisco engineering firm, insecure about his futureâ€¦until he met Annalise Bonner. She only cared for adventure and the good life and, intoxicated by her, Jordan Wise resolved to get it for both of them. Drawing on his considerable bookkeeping skills, he embezzled half a million dollars of his companyâ€™s money and arranged the perfect escape for him and Annalise to the Virgin Islands, outside the reach of the law. However, he couldnâ€™t control what happened next, which drew him inexorably deeper and deeper.
A master storyteller, Bill Pronzini has created in Jordan Wise a memorable new protagonist, whose compelling and frightening storyâ€”full of Pronziniâ€™s characteristic twists and turnsâ€” underlines what can happen when lives come too close to the edge.
Robert Ward: Four Kinds of Rain
Broke, recently divorced, and a total deadbeat, Bob Wells has spent his life as a psychiatrist only doing good in the world. When one of his patients with clear paranoid delusions starts to lose a grip, Bob has no choice but to intervene. Emile Bardan is haunted by demons, and he believes that someone is trying to steal his most prized possesion, the legendeary Mask of Utu. Bob thinks it’s all part of Emile’s imagination until he discovers that Emile is telling the truth and that the mask is worth millions. It’s Bob who may actually be the one losing his grip. He’s tired of helping people for nothing, tired of being treated like dirt-and while he may have met the girl of his dreams, he doesn’t want to lose her because he can’t take care of her. There is only one thing to do:Bob is going to steal the mask himself: But doing so may mean making the biggest mistake of all-as he proceeds down a path into a dark abyss from which there is no return.