Just read in Crime Time that the three finalist are:
Cut & Run by Alix Bosco (Penguin);
Burial by Neil Cross (Simon & Schuster); and
Containment by Vanda Symon (Penguin).
The international judges said Cut & Run was "complex and suspenseful" and had "scenes and incidents which are jaw-droopingly good", that Burial "maintained the tension and the atmosphere from beginning to end, keeping the atmosphere creepy", and that Containment had "an attractive series heroine (feisty but vulnerable)" while starting with a "superb" opening scene that by itself would make the judge "want to read more Vanda Symon".
I have received recently Burial and expect to receive soon Cut & Run and Containment, however I might not be on time to finish all three before the final announcement is made at the upcoming The Press Christchurch Writers’ Festival in September.
Thanks to Craig Sisterson’s excellent blog Crime Watch I’m starting to know more about crime fiction writers in New Zealand. I wish I have his capacity to carry out a similar task for Spanish crime fiction, covering Spain and Latin-American countries.
I’m planning to read more Kiwi crime fiction in the coming months. These titles are a good place to start. Burial by Neil Cross. Cut and Run by Alix Bosco. Access Road by Maurice Gee. Bold Blood by Lindy Kelly. Containment by Vanda Symon. So far I have read only one book, Overkill by Vanda Symon and I have Cemetery Lake by Paul Cleave in my TBR pile; my third Australasia book for the Global Reading Challenge.
Thanks to Craig entrepreneurial skills New Zealand has recently created a new crime fiction Award name after Dame Ngaio Marsh. The winner will be announced on Friday September 10 at Christchurch Writers Festival.
Please also note that following to my previous post (amended) Craig Sisterson sent the following clarification note:
Just one small point of clarification – the books in the photo aren’t the officially shortlist – they’re more of an unofficial longlist of books the international judges were considering (the Kiwi judges may have read some others as well, like Michael Green’s BLOOD BOND and Dorothy Fowler’s WHAT REMAINS BEHIND etc)… there will be an official 3-book shortlist announced in the leadup to the festival. It would be great if you could just amend your post slightly so there isn’t any confusion… because not all of those books will be on the official shortlist…