2020 McIlvanney Prize Longlist and Bloody Scotland Debut Shortlist Released

The Bloody Scotland festival on June 23 announced contenders for the two awards it hosts that celebrate Scottish noir, the McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year, and the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year award.

Both awards are ordinarily handed out at the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling, Scotland, which has been cancelled this year, however, the winners will be announced in September, the month when the festival would have taken place.

The McIlvanney Prize recognizes excellence in Scottish crime writing, and includes a prize of £1,000 and nationwide promotion in Waterstones.. Here is the McIlvanney Prize 2020 longlist:

McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year Longlist

  • Lin Anderson, Time for the Dead (Macmillan)
  • Lisa Gray, Bad Memory (Thomas & Mercer)
  • Andrew James Greig, Whirligig (Fledgling)
  • Doug Johnstone, A Dark Matter (Orenda)
  • Val McDermid, How the Dead Speak (Little, Brown)
  • Ben McPherson, The Island (HarperCollins)
  • James Oswald, Bury Them Deep (Headline)
  • Ambrose Parry, The Art of Dying (Canongate) aka Chris Broomyre and Marisa Haetzman
  • Mary Paulson-Ellis, The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing (Mantle)
  • Caro Ramsay, The  Red, Red Snow (Severn House)
  • Craig Robertson, Watch Him Die (Simon & Schuster)
  • Francine Toon, Pine (Doubleday)

Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year Shortlist

  • Deborah Masson, Hold Your Tongue (Transworld)
  • Stephen O’Rourke, The Crown Agent (Sandstone)
  • Marion Todd, See Them Run (Canelo)
  • Francine Toon, Pine (Doubleday)

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