A BOOK that tells the gripping story behind a critically acclaimed television character’s fall from grace has scooped New Zealand’s crime writing award for 2012. Wellington-based novelist and screenwriter Neil Cross was announced as the winner of the prestigious Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, for his 'unflinching, brutal, and brilliant' book Luther: The Calling, at the conclusion of the lively Great New Zealand Crime Debate event at the Christchurch Writers Festival on Saturday, 1 September.
Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther.
He's a murder detective.
He's brilliant; he's intense; he's instinctive.
He's obsessional. He's dangerous.
Strange things are happening in Monkeyland, the ailing Devonshire sanctuary that Patrick and his zoologist wife Jane, bought in a bid to save their marriage.
Rue, their oldest, wisest and most gentle female primae is found murdered. And a big, panther-like cat preys around the park. Evading capture, the cat lurks in the shadows and at the back of Patrick's mind. Private, threatening, elusive.
Nathan has never been able to forget the worst night of his life: the party that led to the sudden, shocking disappearance of a young woman. Only he and Bob, an old acquaintance, know what really happened and they have resolved to keep it that way. But one rainy night, years later, Bob appears at Nathan's door with terrifying news, and old wounds are suddenly reopened, threatening to tear Nathan's whole world apart. Because Nathan has his own secrets now. Secrets that could destroy everything he has fought to build.
About the Author
Neil Cross lives in New Zealand with his wife and two sons. in 2006 Neil began working for Spooks, the BBC drama series set in the MI5 world of espionage. In 2007, the Spooks production company Kudos asked Neil to work as lead writer for the Spooks Series 6. He wrote four episodes of ten including the epic opening two parter. The series will air in the UK in late 2007. Neil is now working on a number of other television and film projects, as well as a new novel.
Neil Cross rapidly hit my Must Be Read immediately list, and there's nothing whatsoever going on to indicate that he's going to drop from that (granted long) gathering anytime soon.
CAPTURED is due out "in late May" - it's another standalone story so you won't need to have read NATURAL HISTORY or BURIAL to pick this one up - but seriously - if you haven't read either of those two - you're missing out.
From the Blurb:
There's so much crime fiction from so many varied cultures these days that it's hard to pick the new "big thing". The unfortunate thing about the "big thing" is that other areas are often unfairly swamped or forgotten. Working away in some of the less often remarked upon areas, there are some stunningly good authors.