The McIlvanney Prize 2021 Winner
It is our very great pleasure to confirm Hyde by Craig Russell as the winner of the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2021.
A haunting twist on The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Russell’s chilling tale of a Captain with a rare neurological condition who investigates gruesome occultist murders in Victorian Edinburgh is drenched in gothic atmosphere and populated by powerful, finely wrought characters.
The McIlvanney Prize 2021 Shortlist
The McIlvanney Prize 2021 Longlist
The Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year 2021 Winner
Bloody Scotland nurtures new crime writers as well as established names, and the winner of this year’s Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year is Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison.
Janice Forsyth, Judge for the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year described Edge of the Grave as, 'a terrific debut novel, with a memorable cast of characters, which impressed the judges with its ambitious, authentic, deep dive into the Glasgow gangland and class divides of the 1930s.'
The Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year 2021 Shortlist
No Harm Done by Alistair Liddle is also nominated but unfortunately is currently unavailable from Waterstones.com and thus not listed below.
Five years ago the Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award was renamed the McIlvanney Prize in memory of William McIlvanney
William McIlvanney changed the face of crime fiction when he created DI Laidlaw, the original brooding Glasgow cop. He wrote three Laidlaw books and, as recently discovered, left one handwritten manuscript tantalisingly unfinished when he passed away in December 2015.
In the early 1980s one young fan, Ian Rankin, took Laidlaw as inspiration for his own detective, John Rebus. Now, Rankin is back to finish what McIlvanney started. The Dark Remains, the story of Laidlaw's first case, is written by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin.
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