The three finalists for the inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, which will be presented at a ceremony at the upcoming The Press Christchurch Writers' Festival in September, have now been confirmed. The award is made for the best crime, mystery, or thriller novel written by a New Zealand citizen or resident, published in New Zealand during 2009. A panel of seven local and international judges has been considering the best of locally written crime and thriller fiction published last year.
The three finalists are:
* Cut & Run by Alix Bosco (Penguin)
* Burial by Neil Cross (Simon & Schuster)
* Cointainment by Vanda Symon (Penguin)