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2021 Lefty Award Nominees Announced

Left Coast Crime has announced the nominees for the 2021 Lefty Awards. The nominees in the best Mystery Novel category are as follows:

WHAT YOU DON'T SEE, by Tracy Clark (Kensington books)
BLACKTOP WASTELAND, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
BLIND VIGIL, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing)
AND NOW SHE'S GONE, by Rachel Howzell Hall (Forge)
ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE, by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)

To see the nominees in the other three categories click here. "Because of the pandemic, the April 2021 Left Coast Crime convention was reschefuled for 2022," but Lefty Coast Crime will be presenting four Lefty Awards in 2021 online on April 10, 2021. (January 19, 2021)

John Lutz Dies

John Lutz died from complications of Lewy body dementia and coronavirus on Janurary 09 at a nursing facility in Chesterfield, Missouri. He worked as a theater usher, a forklift operqator, construction worker and a truck driver while sending mystery short stories to mystery magazines before he wrote full-time in 1975. The prolific writer sold his first story was "Thieves' Honor" printed in the December 1966 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine [AHMM]. His first novel was THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER (Pocket Books, 1971). He published more than 40 novels and 200 short stories. He was most famous as the writer of SWF SEEKS SAME (St. Martin's, 1990), which was turned into the 1992 movie, "Single White Female," starring Bridget Fond. He created several series characters. The Alo Nudger series features an extra nervous private eye in St. Louis, starting with BUYER BEWARE (Putnam, 1976) and ending with OPPS! (St. Martin's, 1998). Fred Carver is an ex-cop-turned-private eye ion Del Moray, Florida, introduced in TROPICAL HEAT (HOLT, 1986). Frank Quinn, is a former New York cop, who first appears in DARKER THAN NIGHT (Pinnacle, 2004). The newest one is Thomas Laker, an National Security Agency agent for the secret Gray Outfit in Washington DC. He won one Edgar Award for "Ride the Lightning" (AHMM, November 1982), featuring Nudger, in the short story category from the Mystery Writers of America, and two Shamus Awards for "The Right to Sing the Blues" (AHMM, May 1983) in the short story category and for KISS (Holt, 1988) featuring Carver, in the novel category, as well as received the 1995 Eye Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. I had known him since the late 70's and met him at several mystery gatherings, and he was very nice to me as well as to everyone. He was 81. (January 13, 2021; revised, Janurary 14)

In Memoriam 2020

Better late than never. I am very sorry that I did not have time to write several obits in late December. Now I am belatedly writing them as follows:

Alanna Knight died after a stroke on December 02, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was 97. The former office secretary began writing in her 40's as therapy to aide her recover from a severe nervous disorder. Her first novel was LEGEND OF THE LOCH (HURST, 1969), a gothic mystery. She wrote several historical mysteries featuring Inspector Jeremy Faro, a detective in Victorian Edinburgh (starting with ENTER SECOND MURDERER [Macmillan, 1988] , and ending with THE DOWERE HOUSE MYSTERY [Allison & Busby, 2019), Rose McQuinn (Faro's daughter, returning from American Wild West to Edinburgh, starting with THE INSPECTOR'S DAUGHTER; Constable, 2000), and Tam Eildor, mystery-solving time-traveller (starting with THE DAGGER IN THE CROWN; Macmillan, 2001). Her forthcoming novel will be MURDER AT THE WORLD'S EDGE (Allison & Busby, May 2021), an Eildor novel. She was also an authority on Robert Louis Stevenson, and a menter for new writers. She was 97.

Terry Kay died of liver cancer on December 12, 2020 in Georgia. The former journalist was most famous as the author of TO DANCE WITH THE WHITE DOG (Peachtree Publishing, 1990), his fourth novel, which was turned into the 1993 TV movie starring Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, and again into the 2016 Japanese movie starring Tatsuya Nakadai. Two more of his novels were made into TV movies: THE RUNAWAY (Morrow, 1997; satrring Dean Cain and Maya Angelou); and THE VALLEY OF LIGHT (Atria, 2003; starring Chris Klein). He penned 18 novels mainly set in Georgia including some crime ones including AFTER ELI (Houghton Mifflin, 1981), DARK THIRTY (Poseidon, 1984), and THE KIDNAPPING OF AARON GREENE (Morrow, 1999). His last novel was THE FOREVER WISH OF MIDDY SWEET (Merdcer University Press, 2020). He was 82.

John M. Daniel died on December 13, 2020 at his home in McKinleyville, California after a long illness. The former bookseller was co-publisher (with his wife Susan) of Daniel & Daniel, Publishers. He wrote several mystery novels, PLAY MELANCHOLLY BABY (Perseverance Press, 1987) and three Guy Mallon novels starting with THE POET'S FUNERAL (Poisoned Pen Press, 2005) and ending with BEHIND THE REDWOOD DOOR (Dark Oak Mysteries, 2011). Mallon is a bookstore owner and publisher in California, just like its author. Another one of his novels, HOOPERMAN (Dark Oak Mysteries, 2013), features Hooperman Johnson, a bookstore cop (security guy) in Palo Alto, California in the 1970's. Perseverance Press is an imprint of Daniel & Daniel, which has published mystery novels by Janet Dawson, and Wendy Hornsby among others. He was 79.

(January 05, 2021)

William Link Dies

William Link died of congestive heart failure on December 27, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Link and his late constant collabrator Richard Levinson (1934 - 1987) first met at junior high school and began writing together. They co-wrote radio scripts at high school and short stories at the University of Pennsylvania. Their sold first short story, Whistle While You Work," to be published in the November 1954 issue of Ellery Queen's Msytery Magazine. One of a number of their stories published in 1959 was "The Joan Club" (November 1959 issue of Playboy), another one, "Memory Game," was in the the September 1959 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine as by Ted Leighton, their joint pseudonym. Their first break in the movie-television industry was "Chain of Command," a teleplay for "Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse" in 1959, and they co-wrote many teleplays for "The Rebel," "Richard Diamond," "Honey West," "Banacek," and others. They co-create several TV series including "Columbo," "Murder, She Wrote," "Ellery Queen," "Mannix," They won two Emmys for "My Sweet Charlie, and "Columbo: Death Lends a Hand," as well as four Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America (MWA): "Columbo" and "Ellery Queen" TV series (1979); "Murder by Natural Causes" (1980); "Rehearsal for Murder" (1983); and "Guilty Conscience" (1986). They also received the 1989 Ellery Queen Award as the outstanding writing teams (Levinson posthumously). LInk solely received the 2001 Marlowe Award from MWA/Southern California Chapter, the 2010 Poirot Award from Malice Domestic, and the 2018 MWA Grand Master Award. He was 87. (January 03, 2021)

David Baldacci Wins Nero

The Wolfe Pack, a Rex Stout/Nero Wolfe friendship organization, announced online on December 05 that the winner of the 2020 Nero Award is ONE GOOD DEED, by David Baldacci(Grand Central, 2019). The winning novel introduces Baldacci's new character Aloysius Archer, a traight talking former World War II soldier fresh out of prison for a crime he did not commit.

At the same occasion , "El Cuerpo en el Barril" ("The Body in the Barrel") by Tom Larsen was announced as the winner of the Black Orchid Novella Award. The winning novella will be published in the July 2021 issue of Alfred Hichtcock's Mystery Magazine. (December 29, 2020)

Parnell Hall Dies

Parnell Hall died of Covid-19 on December 15 in New York. The former private detective and actor and screenwriter and location manager for films wrote his first mystery novel, DETECTIVE (Donald I. Fine, 1987), featuring non-violent ambulance-chasing private investigator Stanley Hastings in New York. This first novel was nominated for the 1988 Edgar and Shamus Awards for best first novel, after writing the screenplay for the 1984 cult movie "C.H.U.D." (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwelllers). He followed it with 19 more Hastings novels, ending with A FOOL FOR A CLIENT (Pegasus, 2015). He also wrote a courtroom drama series featuring New York attorney Steve Winslow, starting with BAXTER TRUST (Donald I. Fine, 1988) and ending with THE INNOCENT WOMAN (self-published e-book, 2011). His third series character is Cora Felton, a crossword creator in Bakerhaven, Connecticut in the cozy Puzzle Lady mysteries, starting with A CLUE FOR THE PUZZLE LADY (Bantam, 1999) and ending with LIGHTS! CAMERA! PUZZLES! (Pegasus, 2019). He entertained mystery fans and writers with funny songs he wrote and composed at mystery conventions and gatherings. He was 76. (December 20, 2020)

Addendum -- Yeah, I almost forgot. Hall won the 2016 Shamus award for "The Dead Client," a Stanley Hastings story, included in DARK CITY LIGHTS (Three Rooms Press, 2015; edited by Lawrence Block). His last novel was a stand-alone, thriller, CHASING JACK (Brash Books, 2020). (December 21, 2020)

Charlaine Harris, Jeffery Deaver to Receive Grand Master Awards

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has announced that Charlaine Harris and Jeffery Deaver will individually receive the 2021 Grand Master Awards and that Malice Domestic will be the recipient of the 2021 Raven Award.

Harris is famous for the Southern Vampire series as well as the Aurora Teagarden novels, the Lily Bard books, and the Midnight Texas trilogy, while Deaver is well-known as the writer of the Lincoln Rhyme novels, the Kathryn Dance novels, and the Colter Shaw novels. The Malice Domestic conference has been held every spring since 1989, and is presenting the Agatha Awards during the conference.

They will receive their awards at the Edgar Awards Ceremony on Thursday April 29, New York.(November 24, 2020)


(Updated on January 19, 2021)

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