‘Spare Me The Truth’ long-listed for Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel

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I’m thrilled to find out that my novel Spare Me The Truth, the first in the Dan Forrester series, has been long-listed for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel!

The award is now in its seventh year and recognises “the best in New Zealand crime fiction”, writes The Spinoff – wow! I’m very honoured to be standing alongside such brilliant talent, particular congratulations to Fiona Sussman and Ben Sanders, fellows at Allen and Unwin NZ.

Longlist entry: Spare Me The Truth by CJ Carver (Bonnier Zaffre): Dan Forrester is struggling to adjust to the gaps in his memory following the death of his son. After a stranger approaches him saying most of what he thinks about his life is a lie, Forrester gets caught up in a conspiracy, alongside a blackmailed woman and a disgraced female cop exiled to the rural backblocks. “It takes all sorts of wild leaps – terrorism, pharmaceutical experimentation – and lands soundly,” ruled ye judges.

The other long-listed books are:

  • Dead Lemons by Finn Bell
  • Pancake Money by Finn Bell
  • Spare Me The Truth by CJ Carver (Bonnie Zaffre)
  • Red Herring by Jonothan Cullinane (HarperCollins)
  • The Revelations of Carey Ravine by Debra Daley (Quercus)
  • The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton by Katherine Hayton
  • Presumed Guilty by Mark McGinn (Merlot Publishing)
  • Marshall’s Law by Ben Sanders (Allen & Unwin)
  • A Straits Settlement by Brian Stoddart (Crime Wave Press)
  • The Last Time We Spoke by Fiona Sussman (Allison & Busby)

The longlist is currently being considered by a panel of seven crime fiction experts from five countries. The finalists will be announced in August, along with the finalists for the best first novel and best true-crime categories. The winners will be announced at a WORD Christchurch event in October.

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