Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2020
It is our great pleasure to confirm Adrian McKinty’s The Chain as the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2020.
A mother discovers that her daughter has been abducted and the only way to get her back is to kidnap somebody else’s child. Boasting the kind of genius hook that classic thrillers are made of, Adrian McKinty's nerve-janglingly tense novel is a one-sitting blockbuster, perfect for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
Sharp, menacing and darkly funny, this first novel from Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite is a breath of fresh air. Not just an inventive take on the serial-murder thriller, the novel is also a tender examination of sibling relationships in an oppressively patriarchal society; a story that turns the tables on the woman-as-victim trope. An addictive - and hugely satisfying - read.
The crime novelist’s crime novelist, Helen Fitzgerald has a unique ability to combine gallows humour belly-laughs with searing, white knuckle suspense. Worst Case Scenario's twisted tale of an acerbic probation officer and a notorious wife-killer is another pitch-perfect thriller packed full of quotable lines and heart-stopping incident.
After addressing bloody violence in small-town Australia with The Dry, Jane Harper opens up the arid landscape of the outback in her second, unbearably tense, thriller. Crackling with the oppressive heat of its scorched environment, at its heart are a trio of brothers and a mysterious disappearance with a disconcerting lack of suspects.
If Spook Street is where spies live, Joe Country is where they go to die and as Jackson Lamb’s crew of misfit exiles emerge for the sixth time, it looks likely not all of them will return from the field. In the dead of winter, more than one character is brooding over buried bones and unfinished business. It might just be time for the chickens to come home to roost.
Built upon a premise so simple yet so ingenious, Adrian McKinty takes the reader on a chilling journey into the darkest recesses of the human heart and asks exactly how far you would go to protect the ones you love. A stark, unputdownable standalone thriller from the author of the Detective Sean Duffy series.
Mukherjee returns with another richly satisfying mystery, featuring English policeman Sam Wyndham and his shrewd ally, Sergeant ‘Surrender-Not’ Banerjee. Framed against the immersive backdrop of Raj-era Calcutta, this gripping tale of a spate of ritualistic killings is an intricate detective novel that is head and shoulders above the rest.
Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2020 Longlist
Previous Prize Winners
Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App?
Or, add to basket, pay online, collect in as little as 2 hours, subject to availability.
For shops outside of these areas: reserve online, pay on collection.