The International Association of Crime Writers awards The Hammett Prize annually for literary excellence in the field of crime-writing, as reflected in a book published in the English language in the U.S. and/or Canada. The winner receives a "Thin Man" trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger.
The nominees for 2010 are:
Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott
Devil’s Garden by Ace Atkins
The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry
The Long Fall by Walter Mosley
The Way Home by George Pelecanos
The last really exciting mystery/thriller I read was Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island. This spooky, almost gothic, tale details the investigation of U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels and his partner into the strange disappearance of a patient at a hospital/prison for the criminally insane. As their investigation gets closer to the truth, everyone becomes more sinister and guilty and Teddy despairs of finding the truth before it's too late. This book has also been made into a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley and will hit theaters next Friday, February 19, 2010.
What was the last really great mystery/thriller/crime novel you read?