The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers recently announced their shortlist for the 2012 Hammett Prize! The prize is awarded to a crime novel of "literary excellence in the field of crime" penned by an author in the US or Canada.
This year's shortlist includes James Sallis' excellent Southwestern tale, THE KILLER IS DYING--which is part crime novel and part coming-of-age novel. Many readers will know Sallis as the author of DRIVE, the crime novel recently adapted into a film of the same name starring Ryan Gosling.
In their starred review Publishers Weekly said,
"In this hallucinatory, almost visionary novel of suspense set in Phoenix, Sallis (DRIVE) focuses on three people of vastly different backgrounds and situations [...] Through no-nonsense staccato chapters, with minimal action, Sallis does a superb job exploring the workings of his characters' thoughts and motives."
See the full list of 2012 Hammett Prize nominees here.