I am feeling lucky and a bit stun-boggled by the wonderful reactions to my glitter rock disco heist yarn. Having been told to stay away from resent period novels and that a coming of age story and crime story just wouldn’t mix in a reader demographic sense. Thing is it was the next book I needed to write. The Moses McGuire novels took me to a dark angry place, I needed some mirror ball infused joy. It seems like a few other of you did too.
Here is what happened so far…
Earlier this year Young Americans was nominated for a Left Coast Crime Lefty Award (along side, Michael Connelly, The Crossing (Little, Brown and Company) Matt Coyle, Night Tremors (Oceanview Publishing) Robert Crais, The Promise (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) and Gigi Pandian, The Accidental Alchemist (Midnight Ink). Gigi, deservedly won. Me, I was proud to be named beside so many talented writers.
Young Americans is also up for multiple Anthony Awards. (2016 Anthony Awards are presented at the Bouchercon XVLII World Mystery Convention in New Orleans on Friday, September 16, 2016.)
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
The Long and Faraway Gone – Lou Berney [William Morrow]
Gun Street Girl – Adrian McKinty [Seventh Street/Serpent’s Tail]
Little Pretty Things – Lori Rader-Day [Seventh Street]
Young Americans – Josh Stallings [Heist]
Stone Cold Dead – James W. Ziskin [Seventh Street]
Ok this is insane, I am listed next to many of my favorite book of the last year.
BEST CRIME FICTION AUDIOBOOK
Dark Waters – Chris Goff – Assaf Cohen, narrator [Blackstone Audio]
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins – Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey & India Fisher, narrators [Penguin Audio/Random House Audiobooks]
Causing Chaos – Deborah J. Ledford – Christina Cox, narrator [IOF Productions]
The Nature of the Beast – Louise Penny – Robert Bathurst, narrator [Macmillan Audio]
Young Americans – Josh Stallings – Em Eldridge, narrator [Josh Stallings]
Em Eldridge did a wonderful job on the audio book. She crushed it.
Maura Lynch has nice words here… http://www.thewiseacre.net/search?updated-max=2016-07-01T17:11:00-04:00&max-results=1
What I most am is grateful to all the writers and readers who voted to nominate Young Americans. I means the world to me. Thank you.