Senior IT Officer turned novelist, Rahman Khurrum, is also on the list for his first novel, East of Hounslow. Mixing edgy humour and pulse racing tension, Khurrum was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Debut Dagger Award 2018.
The winner is announced at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, hosted in Harrogate each July. The festival was co-founded in 2003 by Val McDermid, agent Jane Gregory, and arts charity Harrogate International Festivals.
2019’s longlist also sees the return of previous shortlisted authors, Elly Griffiths for her Dr Ruth Galloway novels, with her latest The Dark Angel, and Ann Cleeves for Wild Fire, the eighth, and final book, in the bestselling Shetland series – a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall as Jimmy Perez.
The Longlist in Full:
Snap by Belinda Bauer – Transworld
Our House by Louise Candlish – Simon & Schuster UK
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh – Hachette
Wild Fire by Ann Cleeves – Pan Macmillan
This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan – Bloomsbury Publishing
Take Me In by Sabine Durrant – Hodder & Stoughton
The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths – Quercus
London Rules by Mick Herron – John Murray Press
Broken Ground by Val McDermid – Little, Brown Book Group
The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney – HarperCollins
The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry – Canongate Books
East of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman – HarperCollins
Hell Bay by Kate Rhodes – Simon & Schuster UK
Salt Lane by William Shaw – Quercus
The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor – Penguin Random House
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – Bloomsbury Publishing
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan – Simon & Schuster UK
Changeling by Matt Wesolowski – Orenda Books
Executive director of T&R Theakston, Simon Theakston, said: “So many authors on our longlist have been nominees for major mainstream awards. The literary world is perhaps catching up to the fact that crime fiction is leading the publishing world and shaping our cultural landscape. In 2018, sales of crime novels outstripped general fiction for the first time. It’s a genre that dominates the small and big screen, and attracts critical acclaim, as well as being incredibly popular. There is however, only one Crime Novel of the Year, and the reputation of our Award, built over 15 years, makes this accolade hotly contended.”