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Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year - Longlist Announced

3 January 2017

The longlist for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year has been announced.

The following titles are up for the prestigious award:

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them.

This title is available to purchase in both CD and MP3 CD formats.

Disclaimer by Renee Knight
This is a work of fiction. Names and characters are the product of the author's imagination and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.*

*Everything you have just read is a lie.

What if you realised the book you were reading was all about you? When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine's bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read. But as she turns the pages, she is sickened to realise the story will reveal her darkest secret. A secret she thought no one else knew.

This title is available to purchase in large print.

In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Nora is a reclusive crime writer, content with the routine of life in her apartment in London. She hasn't seen her friend Clare in years - not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back. So she's surprised to receive an invitation to Clare's hen do. Perhaps it's a chance to reconnect with her best friend. But something goes terribly wrong in the eerie glass house deep in the English countryside... Then Nora wakes up with her head bandaged and a police guard outside her door. Are they there to protect her - or arrest her? Nora is scared. Scared because while she can remember the broken glass, the gun, the blood, she's not sure if she can bear the full truth of what happened.

This title is available to purchase in large print, CD and MP3 CD formats.

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
A tragic accident. In a split second, Jenna Grey's world is shattered. Desperate to escape her past, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her memories of the cruel November night that changed her life for ever. DI Ray Stevens is tasked with seeking justice for a mother who is living every parent's worst nightmare. Determined to get to the bottom of the case, it begins to consume him. As Ray and his team seek to uncover the truth, Jenna, slowly begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating.

This title is available to purchase in CD and MP3 CD formats.

Tell No Tales by Eva Dolan
The car that ploughs into the bus stop early one morning leaves a trail of destruction behind it. DS Ferreira and DI Zigic are called in from the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit to handle the investigation but with another major case on their hands, they are relieved when there seems to be an obvious suspect. But the case isn't that simple and with tensions erupting in the town, the media are soon hounding them for answers. Ferreira believes that local politician Richard Shotton, head of a recently established right-wing party, must be involved somehow. Journalists have been quick to acclaim Shotton as a serious contender for a major political career, but is his party a cover for something far more dangerous?

This title is available to purchase in CD, MP3 CD and audio download formats.

Splinter The Silence by Val McDermid
Psychological profiler Tony Hill is trained to see patterns, to decode the mysteries of human behaviour. When he comes across a series of suicides among women tormented by vicious online predators, he begins to wonder if there is more to these tragedies than meets the eye. Similar circumstances, different deaths. Could it be murder? But what kind of serial killer wants his crimes to stay hidden? Former DCI Carol Jordan has her own demons to confront. But with lives at stake, she and Tony begin the hunt for the most dangerous and terrifying kind of killer - someone who has nothing to fear and nothing to lose...

This title is available to purchase in large print.

The Nightmare Place by Steve Mosby
DI Zoe Dolan is tracking the Creeper, a stalker who's been breaking into women's homes and attacking them. The Creeper's violence is escalating and there's no pattern, no clue as to how he's getting in, and no clue as to who's next. Until Jane Webster gets a call to the helpline where she volunteers. He says he loves these women - but it's a love that ends in blood. When Jane tells the police, it should be the lead that Zoe needs - but it only pulls her further into a case that is already taking her dangerously close to the past she's never fully escaped. For Jane, Zoe and all the other young women of the city, suddenly nowhere is safe. Particularly their own bedroom in the dead of night.

This title is available to purchase in large print.

Death Is A Welcome Guest by Louise Welsh
Magnus McFall was a comic on the brink of his big break when the world came to an end. Now, he is a man on the run. Thrown into unwilling partnership with an escaped convict, Magnus flees the desolation of London to make the long journey north, clinging to his hope that the sickness has not reached his family on their remote Scottish island. He finds himself in a landscape fraught with danger, fighting for his place in a world ruled by men like his fellow traveller Jeb, practical men who do not let pain or emotions interfere with getting the job done. This is a world with its own justice, and new rules. Where survival is everything.

This title is available to purchase in CD, MP3 CD and audio download formats.