Friday, 25 May 2018

Shedding light on the matter

We’ve been intrigued with a rather prescient thriller entitled Drugs to Forget, from Martin Granger which arrives on 4th of June 2018 from Red Door Publishing. Shots are always intrigued with interesting new thriller fiction, so we were delighted when Martin gave us a little insight at what follows in Drugs to Forget.

You would think that you wouldn’t need any lights when filming in sun soaked Africa. In fact, quite the opposite is true. One can light a windowless room with a candle but when you compete with the sun you need kilowatts of power. This was the situation we found ourselves in when filming a village hospital in the middle of the day. The African electrician shrugged his shoulders. Not enough power from the mains to light our biggest lamps. There are some disadvantages in filming in developing areas but every cloud has a silver lining. The hospital doctor was friends with the local power company. The local power company being Tanaka, an elderly man who looked after the small electrical sub-station on the hill.
‘I’ll wind up the voltage,’ he said, ‘We leave it low so there’s more to go around.’ He looked at his watch, it was lunchtime. ‘I’ll also cycle around the village to tell them all to stop cooking.’

It worked. The wards were lit up and we shot the scenes of the sick lying under the mosquito nets. Little did I know at the time that it would be the cornerstone for my new book Drugs to Forget.

I have spent the last 30 years travelling the world making television documentaries. Each film has presented its own hazards. Threats of violence, travel disasters and disease. All rich material for writing thrillers, and so my fictional production company, Bagatelle Films, takes a similar path. The stories they encounter are remarkably akin to the ones my film crew have experienced, but the underlying narrative is laced with crime. This is dramatic documentary noir.

In Drugs to Forget Bagatelle Films’ director Nathalie Thompson embarks on a pursuit of drugs and disease. The drugs, produced by an entrepreneurial biotech company; the disease, Ebola. Her investigation leads to Africa, Indonesia and eventually turns to shedding light on the matter closer to home. And talking of light, it’s no coincidence that when she begins filming diseased patients in an African hospital, she sends her electrician on a bicycle trip around the village. Why? To tell them to stop cooking their lunch so that she can light her set. Doesn’t sound believable does it?

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© 2018 Martin Granger

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Returning to the scene of the crime: Ngaio Marsh Award longlist revealed

Two authors who returned to crime writing after more than a decade away have today been named among an eclectic longlist for the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel.

We shattered our record for entries in the Ngaio Marsh Awards this year, with 69 different books entered across our two fiction categories” says founder Craig Sisterson. “Along with a surge in first-time Kiwi authors choosing to write tales of crime, mystery and suspense – more than fifty new voices in the past three years - it’s been great to see more experienced local authors veering to the darker side as well as past crime writers returning to the fold.

This year’s longlist for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel includes a mix of new and experienced voices, several authors who’ve won and been shortlisted for a variety of awards in several countries, and writers ranging in age from early 20s to early 80s.

It’s a really eclectic mix of tales on this year’s longlist,” says Sisterson. “Exhibits A-E: we have the return of Edmund Bohan’s nineteenth century detective Inspector O’Rorke after a fifteen-year absence, Stella Duffy’s first crime novel in more than a decade, a stunning debut from an ex-undercover cop, and two tales that impressed the Ockhams judges.”

The Ngaio Marsh Awards have celebrated the best New Zealand crime, mystery, thriller, and suspense writing since 2010, and this year’s longlist runs the full gamut, from detective fiction to gothic suspense to psychological thrillers to historical mysteries and magic realism.

The longlist for the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel is:
MARLBOROUGH MAN by Alan Carter (Fremantle Press)
BABY by Annaleese Jochems (VUP)
SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER by Charity Norman (Allen & Unwin)
THE LOST TAONGA by Edmund Bohan (Lucano)
TESS by Kirsten McDougall (VUP)
THE SOUND OF HER VOICE by Nathan Blackell (Mary Egan Publishing)
A KILLER HARVEST by Paul Cleave (Upstart Press)
THE HIDDEN ROOM by Stella Duffy (Virago)

The longlist is currently being considered by a judging panel of crime, thriller, and suspense writing experts from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

The finalists will be announced in July, along with the finalists for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. The finalists will be celebrated, and the winners announced as part of a special event at the WORD Christchurch Festival, held from 29 August to 2 September.

For more information on this year’s longlist, or the Ngaio Marsh Awards in general, please contact founder and judging convenor Craig Sisterson,

Saturday, 19 May 2018

2018 CWA Dagger Longlists

Gold Dagger
Head Case by Ross Armstrong (HQ)
The Liar by Steve Cavanagh (Orion)
London Rules by Mick Herron (John Murray)
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane (Little Brown)
Sunburn by Laura Lippman (Faber & Faber)
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke (Serpent’s Tail)
You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood (Michael Joseph)
A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee (Harvill Secker)
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Raven Books)
Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic (Pushkin Vertigo)

Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
The Switch by Joseph Finder (Head of Zeus)
London Rules by Mick Herron (John Murray Publishers)
If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch (Harvill Secker)
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke (Serpent’s Tail)
An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth (Wildfire)
A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee (Harvill Secker)
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips (Doubleday)
The Chalk Man by C J Tudor (Michael Joseph)
The Force by Don Winslow (HarperFiction)

The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger
Gravesend by William Boyle (No Exit Press)
I.Q by Joe Ide (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Soho Dead by Greg Keen (Thomas & Mercer)
Girl In Snow by Danya Kukafka (Picador)
Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love (Point Blank)
East Of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman (HQ)
Ravenhill by John Steele (Silvertail)
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (Fourth Estate)
The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Raven Books)
Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic Pushkin Vertigo

The CWA International Dagger
Zen and the Art of Murder by Oliver Bottini tr. Jamie Bulloch (MacLehose)
The Shadow District by Arnaldur Indriðason tr. Victoria Cribb (Harvill Secker)
Three Days and a Life by Pierre Lemaitre tr. Frank Wynne (MacLehose)
After the Fire by Henning Mankell tr. Marlaine Delargy (Harvill Secker)
The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet tr. Don Bartlett (No Exit Press)
Offering to the Storm by Dolores Redondo tr. Nick Caistor & Lorenza Garzía, (HarperCollins)
Three Minutes by Roslund & Hellström tr. Elizabeth Clark Wessel, (Quercus/riverrun)
Snare by Lilja Sigurdardóttir tr. Quentin Bates, (Orenda)
The Accordionist by Fred Vargas tr. Sian Reynolds (Harvill Secker)
Can You Hear Me? By Elena Varvello tr. Alex Valente (Two Roads/John Murray)

The CWA Historical Dagger
A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee (Harvill Secker)
Death in the Stars by Frances Brody (Piatkus)
Fire by L. C. Tyler (Constable)
Lightning Men by Thomas Mullen (Little Brown)
Merlin at War by Mark Ellis (London Wall Publishing)
Money in the Morgue by Ngaio Marsh & Stella Duffy (HarperCollins)
Nine Lessons by Nicola Upson (Faber & Faber)
Nucleus by Rory Clements (Zaffre Publishing)
Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr (Quercus Fiction)
The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellows (Sphere)

The CWA Short Story Dagger
The Corpse on the Copse by Sharon Bolton from “The Body” Killer Women Crime Club Anthology 2 Edited by Susan Opie (Killer Women Ltd)
The Last Siege of Bothwell Castle by Chris Brookmyre from Bloody Scotland ( Historic Environment Scotland)
Too Much Time by Lee Child from No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories (Bantam Press)
Second Son by Lee Child from No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories (Bantam Press)
Authentic Carbon Steel Forged by Elizabeth Haynes from Deadlier: 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women Edited by Sophie Hannah (Head of Zeus)
Smoking Kills by Erin Kelly from “The Body” Killer Women Crime Club Anthology 2 Edited by Susan Opie (Killer Women Ltd)
Nemo Me Impune Lacessit by Denise Mina from Bloody Scotland (Historic Environment Scotland)
Accounting for Murder by Christine Poulson from Mystery Tour: CWA Anthology of Short Stories Edited by Martin Edwards (Orenda Books)
Faking a Murder by Kathy Reichs and Lee Child from Match Up Edited by Lee Child (Sphere)
Trouble is a Lonesome Town by Cathi Unsworth from Deadlier: 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women Edited by Sophie Hannah (Head of Zeus)

CWA Dagger In The Library
Selected by nominations from libraries.
Simon Beckett
Martina Cole
Martin Edwards
Nicci French
Sophie Hannah
Simon Kernick
Edward Marston
Peter May
Rebecca Tope

The shortlists in all of these categories will be announced in July, with winners to be declared during a Dagger Awards dinner in London on Thursday 25 October 2018.  Congratulations to all the nominated authors.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction Finalists

Finalists for the eighth annual Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction: The prize was authorized by the late Harper Lee, and established in 2011 by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird. It is given annually to a book-length work of fiction that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change. 

Nominated books -

Exposed by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin’s Press)
Proof by C.E. Tobisman (Thomas & Mercer)
Testimony by Scott Turow (Grand Central)
The award ceremony will take place on 1st September 2018 during the Library of Congress National Book Festival.