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Contact: Mary A. Frisque
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NOMINEES FOR ANNUAL NORTH AMERICAN HAMMETT PRIZE ANNOUNCED

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers (IACW/NA) is pleased to announce nominees for their annual HAMMETT PRIZE for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author. The nominees are as follows:
The Second Life of Nick Mason, by Steve Hamilton (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
The Drifter, by Nicholas Petrie (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
The White Devil, by Domenic Stansberry (Molotov Editions)
Revolver, by Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland Books)
The Big Nothing, by Bob Truluck (Murmur House Press)
A reading committee of IACW/NA members selected the nominees, based on recommendations from other members and the publishing community. The committee was headed by Deen Kogan and included Annette Meyers, Caro Soles, Allen Wyler, and Michael Zimecki.

The winner will be chosen by three distinguished outside judges: Margot Bettauer Dembo, a professional translator and former winner of the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize; Ron Koltnow, who spent almost 30 years as a sales rep for Putnam and Random House and past winner of Publisher's Weekly Rep of the Year; David Nasaw, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate Center whose most recent book is The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Biography.

The organization will name the HAMMETT PRIZE winner, during the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association's (NAIBA) Fall Conference, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey,October 6-8. The winner will receive a bronze trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger.

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