CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in May/June 2018

Harlan Ellison Dies

Harlan Ellison died on June 28 in his sleep at home in Sherman Oaks, California. He was most famous as a prolific science fiction and fantasy writer, but he also wrote crime fiction. After his Army discharge in the late 1950's, he wrote jazz columns for Rogue Magazine. His first published novel was RAMBLE (Pyramid, 1958; later retitled WEB OF THE CITY), a juvenile deliquency novel, which he wrote after joining a Brooklyn teenage street gang for a research. He was greatly influenced by the juvenile deliquency novels by Hal Ellson (whom Harlan related to because of the name similarity). In Hollywood, he wrote TV scripts for "Star Trek," "The Twilight Zone," "The Man from Uncle," as well as "Route 66," "Burke's Law," and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" among others. Besides many science fiction awards, he won two Edgar Awards in the short story category for "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs" (in BAD MOON RISING, edited by Thomas M. Disch; Harper & Row, 1973) and for "Soft Monkey" (in Mystery Scene Reader #1, edited by Ed Gorman; Fedora Inc, 1987). He was 84. (June 30, 2018)

Sally Wright Dies

Sally Wright died on June 15 at her home in Perryburg, Ohio. She wrote the first Ben Reese mystery novel, PUBLISH AND PERISH (Multnomah, 1997), introducing the 1960s alchivist at Alderton Univesity in Ohio. The third one in the Reese series, PURSUIT AND PERSUASION (Multnomah, 2000) was nominated for the 2001 Edgar in the paperback original category. With the Reese series ending with CODE OF SILENCE in 2008, Wright started another series featuring Jo Grant, an architect who returns home in Kentucky in 1962, with BREEDING GROUND (2013). The most recent novel was BEHIND THE BONEHOUSE (CreateSpace, 2016), the second Grant novel. She was 71. (June 28, 2018)

2018 Nero Award Nominees Announced

The Wolfe Pack, a group of Nero Wolfe and Rex Stout fans, has announced the nominees for the 2018 Nero Award as follows:

THE DIME, by Kathleen Kent (Mullholand Books)
THE LIONESS IS THE HUNTER, by Loren D. Estleman (Forge)
GONE TO DUST, by Matt Goldman (Forge)
AUGUST SNOW, by Stephen Mack Jones (Soho)
BLOOD FOR WINE, by Warren C. Easley (Poisoned Pen Press)

The winner will be announced on December 01 at the Black Orchid Banquet to be held at Arno Ristrante in New York City. (June 18, 2018)

2018 Macavity Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Readers International has announced the nominees for the 2018 Macavity Awards. The nominees in the best mystery category are as follows:

THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER, by Karen Dionne (Putnam)
MAGPIE MURDERS, by Anthony Horowitz (Harper)
BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD, by Attica Locke (Mulholland)
GLASS HOUSES, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
THE OLD MAN, by Thomas Perry (Mysterious)
THE FORCE, by Don Winslow (Morrow)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at the Bouchercon opening ceremonies on September 6 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (June 16, 2018)

Anthony Bourdain Dies

Anthony Bourdain committed suicide by hanging on June 08 in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France, where he was shooting an episode of his TV program, "Parts Unknown," for CNN. The former celeb chef was most famous as the author of the bestseller expose on restaurant business, KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL: ADVENTURES IN THE CULINARY UNDERBELLY (Bloomsbury, 2000), but he also wrote culinary mystery fiction, such as BONE IN THE THROAT (1995), GONE BAMBOO (1997; both from Villard Books), and BOBBY GOLD (UK: Canongate Crime, 2001; US title: THE BOBBY GOLD STORIES; Bloomsbury, 2003). BONE IN THE THROAT was turned into the 2015 movie of the same name with John Hannah, but the movie version was set in London, not in New York of the original novel. He was 61. (June 10, 2018)

June M. Moffatt Dies

June M. Moffatt died peacefully in her sleep on May 31 in California. She and her late husband Len (d. 2010) were very active in both mystery and science fiction fandoms. They were two of the founders of Bouchercon and chaired three Bouchercons in 1972, 1976 and 1991. They were regular attendees of mystery and science fiction fan conventions, attended the 1985 Bcon as Fan Guests, and received the 1999 Bcon Lifetime Achievement Award. They edited JDM Bibliophile (devoted to the work of John D. MacDonald) till 1979. June co-compiled (with Francis M. Nevins) EDWARD D. HOCH BIBLIOGRAPHY in 17 update editions till Hoch's death in 2008. She was 92. (June 02, 2018)

Richard Peck Dies

Richard Peck died on May 23 of kidney failure in New York, N.Y. The former English teacher mainly wrote fiction for young readers about real-life issues facing them. Since his first novel, DON'T LOOK AND IT WON'T HURT (Holt Rinehart, 1972), which deals with an unwanted pregnancy, he wrote a book each year till his death, totaling 41 books. DREAMLAND LAKE (Holt Rinehart, 1973) was nominated for an Edgar in the juvenile category, and he won the 1977 Edgar for ARE IN THE HOUSE ALONE? (Viking, 1976) in the same category, and the 2001 Newbery Medal for A YEAR DOWN YONDER (Dial, 2000). His last novel is THE BEST MAN (Dial, 2016). He was 84. (May 31, 2018)

2018 PWA Shamus Nominees Announced

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards. The nominees in the best private eye novel category are as follows:

DARK WATER, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA), featuring Makana
BLOOD TRUTH, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview), featuring Rick Cahill
Y IS FOR YESTERDAY, by Sue Grafton (Putnam), featuring Kinsey Millhone
THE ROOM OF WHITE FIRE, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam), featuring Roland Ford
MONUMENT ROAD, by Michael Wiley (Severn House), featuring Franky Dast

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on September 07 at the 2018 Shamus Award Banquet at the Zamora Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida. (May 28, 2018)

2018 Hammett Prize Nominees Announced (Revised)

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers (IACW/NA) has announced the nominees for their 2018 Hammett Prize as follows:

THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER, by Karen Dionne (Putnam)
THE TRAGEDY OF BRADY SIMS, by Ernest J. Gaines (Vintage)
AUGUST SNOW, by Stephen Mack Jones (Soho Crime)
TWO DAYS GONE, by Randall Silvis (Sourcebooks Landmark)

To see the press release, click here. The winner was to be announced during NoirCon 2018 in Philadelphia, but NoirCon 2018 has been canceled due to its co-founder and co-director Deen Kogan's death. The announcement will be made on Friday, July 13 at the Algonquin Hotel in New York, NY. (March 09, 2018; Revised again, June 05)

Peter Robinson Wins Arthur Ellis

The Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) has announced the winners for the 2018 Arthur Ellis Awards as follows:

Best Crime Novel: SLEEPING IN THE GROUND, by Peter Robinson (McClelland & Stewart)
Best First Crime Novel: FULL CURL, by Dave Butler (Dundurn Press)
Best Crime Novella (The Lou Allin Momorial Award): "How Lon Pruitt Was Found Murdered in an Open Field with No Footprints Around," by Mike Culpepper (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, September/October 2017)
Best Crime Short Story: "The Outlier," by Catherine Astolfo (13 Claws; Carrick Publishing)
Best Nonfiction Crime Book: THE WHISKY KING, by Trevor Cole (HarperCollins)
Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book: CHASE -- GET READY TO RUN, by Linwood Barclay (Penguin Radom/Puffin Canada)
Best Crime Book in French: LES TRICOTEUSES, by Marie Saur (Heliotrope Noir)
Best Unpublished First Crime Novel: DESTRUCTION IN PARADISE, by Dianne Scott
2018 CWC Grand Master Award Recipient: Gail Bowen (for her long and illustrious career as a crime fiction author)

The winners were announced on May 24 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (May 26, 2018)

2018 CWA Dagger Award Longlists Announced

The Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA) announced the longlists for the 2018 CWA Dagger Awards (on May 18 at CrimeFest held in Bristol, England). The longlistees in the Gold Dagger for Crime Fiction cagegory are as follows:

HEAD CASE, by Ross Armstrong (HQ)
THE LIAR, by Steve Cavanagh (Orion)
LONDON RULES, by Mick Herron (John Murray)
SINCE WE FELL, by Dennis Lehane (Little, Brown)
SUNBURN, by Laura Lippman (Faber and Faber)
BLUE BIRD, BLUE BIRD, by Attica Locke (Serpent's Tail)
YOU DON'T KNOW ME, by Imran Mahmood (Michael Joseph)
A NECESSARY EVIL, by Abir Mukherjee (Harvill Secker)
RESURRECTION BAY, by Emma Viskic (Pushkin Vertigo)

To see the longlistees in all the categories, click here. The shortlists for the 2018 CWA Dagger Awards in all the categories will be announced shortly, and the winners will be awarded on October 25. (May 19, 2018)

2018 Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Bouchercon 2018 has announced the nominees for the 2018 Anthony Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

THE LATE SHOW, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
MAGPIE MURDERS, by Anthony Horowitz (Harper)
BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD, by Attica Locke (Mulholland)
GLASS HOUSES, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
THE FORCE, by Don Winslow (Morrow)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on Saturday September 08 during Bouchercon 2018 to be held in St. Petersburg, Florida. And Ian Rankin will receive the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. (May 10, 2018)

Ingrid Thoft Wins Spotted Owl

Friends of Mystery, a non-profit literary/educational organization in Portland, Oregon, has announced that DUPLICITY, by Ingrid Thoft (Putnam, 2017) has won the 2018 Spotted Owl Award as the best mystery novel written by an author living in the Pacific Northwest. (May 03, 2018)