The search for the best British humorous thriller novel has started, as CrimeFest has confirmed the shortlist for its annual awards.
Colin Bateman's The Day of the Jack Russell, The Good Thief's Guide to Paris by Chris Ewan and Josh Bazell's Beat the Reaper are among the six titles competing to win the crime fiction convention's Last Laugh Award.
The other authors hoping to take home the GBP 500 prize are Malcolm Pryce for From Aberystwyth with Love, Len Tyler with Ten Little Herrings and Suzette A. Hill for Bone Idle.
In addition, CrimeFest will recognise the best crime ebooks and audio books, with Ian Rankin, Stieg Larsson and Bernard Knight among those nominated.
The event will be held from May 20th to the 23rd in Bristol, with the award winners announced at a gala dinner on the 22nd at the Marriott Royal Hotel.
Last year, Christopher Fowler won the Last Laugh Award with The Victoria Vanishes, while 2008's honour was scooped by Ruth Dudley Edwards for Murdering Americans.
Richard talks about the darkness lurking in his past and its connection to his role as a Nazi loot-hunter at the auction house, Sothebys.
Brian describes how his ambivalence at having served in the Iraq war, and the awe to be found in extremes, provided the basis for his novel.
On National Brothers Day, Stuart Heritage reflects on fraternal dynamics, how he came to write about the 'whirlwind of aggressive single-mindedness' that is his brother Pete and how their relationship is reflected by that of brothers everywhere.