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Left Coast Crime - Lefty Award Nominees

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Lefty Best World Mystery Novel Outside Left Coast Crime Region

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Lou Berney, The Long and Faraway Gone (William Morrow)

"The two key players in Lou Berney's superb regional mystery suffer from separate but equally crushing cases of survivor guilt . . . Berney tells both their stories with supreme sensitivity, exploring the 'landscape of memory' that keeps shifting beneath our feet." (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review)


Lisa Brackmann, Dragon Day (Soho Crime)

A Seattle Times Best Mystery of 2015 "Excellent . . . Ellie McEnroe, our guide, is a piece of work: an expatriate American veteran of Iraq with a bad leg and a worse attitude . . . Brackmann is terrific at evoking both the glitz of modern high-society China and Ellie's hand-to-mouth existence in some of Beijing's less reputable corners." –The Seattle Times


Chris Holm, The Killing Kind (Mulholland Books)

"Chris Holm's The Killing Kind is my favorite thriller of the fall lineup. Here's a solid gold premise: an assassin who only kills other assassins. . . . The cat-and-mouse game that follows is pure joy. . . . This novel is so fast-moving, so expertly arranged, every piece fitting together with a well-oiled snap, that it feels weaponized. Read it. Or else." Benjamin Percy, New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)


Louise Penny, The Nature of the Beast (Minotaur Books)

"A strong sense of place, a multilayered plot, and well-crafted (and for Penny's fans, familiar) characters combine for a thoughtful, intriguing tale. More than a simple mystery, Penny's novel peels away the emotional and psychological layers of the inhabitants of Three Pines." (Library Journal, starred)


James W. Ziskin, Stone Cold Dead (Seventh Street Books)

"It's winter in an upstate mill town in 1961, and Ellie Stone is at it again: fighting injustice, indifference, and bigotry in this pitch-perfect antidote to nostalgia. The characters are flawed and absorbing, the mystery is clever but convincing, and the pain of grief and loss catch you in the throat along with the wet wool, stale smoke, and whiskey. Tremendous." – CATRIONA McPHERSON, Anthony, Agatha, Macavity, and Bruce Alexander Award-winning author of the Dandy Gilver series and Come To Harm


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