Established in 2010 the Ngaio Marsh Award is all about choosing the best crime, mystery or thriller novel, written by a NZ resident or citizen in the past year.
The finalist for 2012 are:
- COLLECTING COOPER by Paul Cleave
- LUTHER: THE CALLING by Neil Cross
- FURT BENT FROM ALDAHEIT by Jack Eden
- TRACES OF RED by Paddy Richardson
- BY ANY MEANS by Ben Sanders (Harper Collins)
- BOUND by Vanda Symon
- THE CATASTROPHE by Ian Wedde
People are disappearing. Cooper Riley, a psychology professor, doesn’t make it to work one day. Emma Green, one of his students, doesn’t make it home. When ex-cop Theodore Tate is released from a four-month prison term, he’s begged by Emma’s father to help find his daughter. After all, Tate was in jail for nearly killing her in a drink-driving accident the year before, so Tate owes him. Big time. What neither of them knows is that a former mental patient is holding people prisoner as part of his growing collection of serial killer souvenirs. Now he’s trying to acquire the ultimate collector’s item — an actual killer.The further Tate looks, the more he keeps coming back to Grover Hills, the mental institution on the outskirts of the city that closed down three years ago. Bad things happened there over the years, down in the basement which the patients called the Scream Room. Tate is going to have to delve into Grover Hills’ past if there is any chance of finding Emma Green and Cooper Riley alive.
Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. He’s a murder detective. A near-genius. He’s brilliant; he’s intense; he’s instinctive. He’s obsessed. He’s dangerous. DCI John Luther has an extraordinary clearance rate. He commands outstanding loyalty from friends and colleagues. Nobody who ever stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. And yet there are rumours that DCI Luther is bad–not corrupt, not on the take, but tormented. Luther seethes with a hidden fury that at times he can barely control. Sometimes it sends him to the brink of madness, making him do things he shouldn’t; things way beyond the limits of the law. The Calling , the first in a new series of novels featuring DCI John Luther, takes us into Luther’s past and into his mind. It is the story of the case that tore his personal and professional relationships apart and propelled him over the precipice. Beyond fury, beyond vengeance. All the way to murder…
Rebecca Thorne is a successful television journalist, but her world is thrown into turmoil when her Saturday night programme is axed because of falling ratings. Not only will she lose her job but her big story on the convicted triple murderer Connor Bligh, whom Rebecca believes is innocent, has to be abandoned. Rebecca’s lover Joe, a married man and the barrister representing Bligh, also thinks Bligh is innocent — or does he? And if he loves Rebecca so much, why is he prepared to cast her off?
Friday rush hour,Auckland city. A lone shooter fires across a packed street and kills a man. Detective Sergeant Sean Devereaux is assigned the case. He’s not complaining – his Friday nights are seldom better spent. But the inquiry is not straightforward. Witness accounts are conflicting. The dead man appears to be an unintended victim, with the true target unknown. That’s the least of Devereaux’s worries, though. His current case load includes an investigation into the deaths of the wife and daughter of a wealthy finance company director. His examination has revealed the situation is far more complex than anticipated, casting real doubt upon the division of innocence and guilt.
A brutal home invasion shocks the nation. A man is murdered, his wife bound, gagged and left to watch. But when Detective Sam Shephard scratches the surface, the victim, a successful businessman, is not all he seems to be. And when the evidence points to two of Dunedin’s most hated criminals, the case seems cut and dried… until the body count starts to rise. Meanwhile, Sam is in big trouble again…