Congratulatiosn on the nomination, Sean. Not to be a downer, but I've seen the list, and TRIGGER CITY should have been nominated as well. Without question one of the five best I read last year.
The Edgars have lost credibility for me. Five random people deciding what deserves the most prestigious award in crime fiction? And all the stories you hear of the judges not reading all the entries. Too bad. They should have at least eight or ten judges considering the number of entries. And each year there are a number of big names nominated simply for their name. Case in point - T. Jefferson Parker's short story. I read that anthology and that was by far the weakest story. It read more like a chapter in a novel.But I will say Sean is deserving. That short story was very well written, had a complete beginning, middle and end, and a nice turn, and great characterization. I didn''t read the Paris Noir nomination, but Sean's is the best of the others. I see James Lee Burke is a grand master. How does he write some of the finest crime novels of the last two decades and never earn a single nomination? He hasn't been nominated since the 80's, I think. Oh well. Awards are all subjective. I'm happy for Sean. And think Parker was given a gift.
Actually, James Lee Burke was nominated in 2003, won Best Novel in '98 (I think), and won Best Novel in '90. Congrats to Sean. I love it when god things happen to good people.
Congrats Sean! Gravedigger is a very interesting fellow. I'd like to see more of him - maybe we will?
God things?Okay, sure, when god things happen to good people, I'm happy, but I really like it when good things happen to them.
Actually, Phil, for the Beet Noel category, which has beome too big for any one person to read, there have lately been four teams of two judges. Once it's narrowed down to fifty or more favorites, everybody reads all of those.
Okay, Beet Noel category only at Christmas. It's Best Novel category. It's god books at Noel, Guyot. And how beet got in there, I don't know. It must be the minus ten degree temperatures have frozen my keyboard.
Yay, Sean! I am thrilled for you... and Gravedigger!
Thanks, everybody! I appreciate the support.Mark: Ever since I gave Gravedigger his own short story, I've been thinking about someday giving him his own book. Who knows? Maybe that'll happen.
Congratialtions, Sean! And Phil: as one of those "five random people" for whom you have such contempt, I look forward to responding you your post once I'm released from the confidentiality agreement we all had to sign. As just a regular reader, I have to say it takes a special kind of jackass to come on someone's blog when he gets nominated for an award and gripe that that same award has no credibility. Especially when your gripe is, as shown by other posters, shockingly ill-informed.
I mean congratulations, of course. It seems that keyboard freeze is epidemic.
After reading "A Sleep Not Unlike Death" I immediately rushed out and got Sean's novel. The story was that good.A well deserved nomination. Best of luck.
Congratulations, Sean, and good luck!
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