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Chris Brookmyre wins Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

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Chris was awarded the £3,000 prize for Black Widow, which features investigative reporter Jack Parlabane

Tartan Noir author Chris was presented with his prize at the opening night of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

'I’m really quite taken aback,' he said. 'I’ve been shortlisted three times before for this award, always the bridesmaid, today I get to walk up the aisle.'

In Black Widow, Chris's long-term character Jack Parlabane investigates a case of cyber-abuse.

At the same ceremony, WM cover star Lee Child was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award.

Title sponsor and executive director of T&R Theakston, Simon Theakston, said: 'We’re particularly delighted to be honouring Lee Child. He is nothing short of a phenomenon. The Jack Reacher series tops bestseller lists worldwide, with a staggering 100 million books sold.  Lee is very deserving of this accolade, and will have his rightful place in a pantheon of legendary crime authors who have achieved this honour to date.'

 

 

 

 

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