Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty received a well-deserved 2017 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original category last night during Mystery Writers of America’s annual event.
This is McKinty’s second consecutive Edgar® Award nomination, following last year’s nomination of Gun Street Girl in the same category. Rain Dogs is the fifth novel in the Detective Sean Duffy series, set in 1980s Northern Ireland during the tumult of The Troubles period. Tasked with investigating an ordinary suicide in a rather out-of-the-ordinary place, Duffy doggedly pursues another explanation in the newest book in the critically-acclaimed series, which has been lauded by the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, and NPR’s Morning Edition.
“Adrian is a very talented author and has completely earned this award,” says Jonathan Kurtz, President and Publisher of Prometheus Books. “Our imprint Seventh Street Books is only in its fifth year, and we had three nominees for the 2017 Edgar® Awards. How exciting!”
Seventh Street Books Editorial Director Dan Mayer says, “These nominations are a real testament to the quality, craft, and import of the books being produced by these three authors, and we’re thrilled to see their work earning recognition.”
Adrian McKinty is the author of eighteen novels, including the Detective Sean Duffy novels The Cold Cold Ground, I Hear the Sirens in the Street, In the Morning I’ll Be Gone, Gun Street Girl, and Rain Dogs and the standalone historical The Sun Is God. The Cold Cold Ground won the Spinetingler Award. I Hear the Sirens in the Street won the Barry Award and was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award. In the Morning I’ll Be Gone won the Ned Kelly Award and was selected by the American Library Association as one of the top-10 crime fiction novels of 2014.
Gun Street Girl was shortlisted for the Anthony, Ned Kelly, and Edgar Awards. Rain Dogs was shortlisted for the Edgar Award, Dagger Award, Ned Kelly Award and the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Born and raised in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, McKinty was called “the best of the new generation of Irish crime novelists” in the Glasgow Herald.
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