The Bloody Scotland Debut Prize shortlist has been revealed with comedian Frankie Boyle alongside a nomination for small independent Into Books.
Boyle is nominated for In the meantime (John Murray), a picaresque crime novel set in the context of post-referendum Scotland. Into Books, a small independent who has yet to publish enough books to qualify for membership of Publishing Scotland, gets the go-ahead for writer, DJ and musician George Paterson The Girl, the Raven, the Writer and the Fighter.
There is also a nomination for Edinburgh-based lawyer and podcaster Tariq Ashkanani Welcome to Cooper (Thomas & Mercer), a dark thriller set in a small American town. The book is joined by Sarah Smith, a family history researcher and creative writing tutor. hear no evil (Two Roads), based on a true case from Scottish legal history concerning a young deaf woman accused of murder.
Journalist and children’s author Amanda Mitchison rounds out the shortlist. The wolf hunters (Fledgling Press), set in a brutal and chaotic Scotland of the near future.
Arusa Qureshi, former editor of Listingreplacing Janice Forsyth as judge for the Bloody Scotland Debut this year and she joins Kenny Tweeddale of sponsors The Glencairn Glass and Simon Lloyd of Waterstones.
The McIlvanney Long List and Short List of the Bloody Scotland Debut Prize will be promoted in bookshops across Scotland by the time of presentation on September 15. The awards are part of the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival, which takes place from September 15-18 at various venues in Stirling.