Got an email the other day to say Cataract City's been nominated for the Hammett Prize, which is adjudicated by the International Association of Crime Writers. I never really thought of Cataract City as a crime book, but there's certainly a fair bit of crime in the narrative, so I'm very grateful to have been nominated—and as you can see from their history, there's a fairly wide range of books that made the shortlist year to year:
HAMMETT PRIZE PAST WINNERS AND NOMINEES
This years' shortlist is:
Heywood Gould, Green Light for Murder (Tyrus Books)
Richard Lange, Angel Baby: A Novel (Mulholland Books)
Lisa Moore, Caught (Anansi Press)
George P. Pelecanos, The Double (Little, Brown)
Craig Davidson, Cataract City (Doubleday)
... so that's some pretty stiff competition—and hey, there's Lisa Moore! We're sharing a shortlist again. I'm a big fan of Lange and Pelecanos, who's written for The Wire and Treme. Anyway, a very startling nomination (as any nomination would be, for me) but very much appreicated. Winner to be announced on June 5th.
All best, Craig.