Finalists for Old Peculier award

Six books have been announced as being on the short list for the 2012 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. The award is designed to “highlight the cream of the crop of crime novels published by British and Irish authors over the last year.” The ultimate winner is chosen by the public, voting here, but the finalist were selected by a panel consisting of acclaimed BAFTA-nominated actor David Morrissey, Festival Chair and previous two-time award winner Mark Billingham, Daily Mirror Books Editor Henry Sutton, Asda Fiction Buyer Ruth Lewis and executive director of title sponsor T&R Theakston Simon Theakston.

Now You See Me by SJ Bolton (Transworld)
Where the Bodies are Buried by Chris Brookmyre (Little, Brown)
The Burning Soul by John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton)
The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina (Orion)
Black Flowers by Steve Mosby (Orion)
Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson (Transworld)

The winning author receives a cash prize of £3000 an a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakstons Old Peculier. The winner will be announced, on July 19th, the opening night of the 10th Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival by title sponsor Simon Theakston at an award ceremony hosted by radio broadcaster and Festival regular Mark Lawson.