Paul Cleave makes Ngaio Marsh Award shortlist

We’re thrilled with the news that Paul Cleave is once again in contention for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. This time for A Killer Harvest.

The judges were full of praise for A Killer Harvest, stating:

“Starting from a chilling set-up with Joshua receiving a corneal transplant which is mixed up- one ‘eye’ from his dead father and the other from a killer- and the subsequent intrusion of cellular memory into Joshua’s psyche, A Killer Harvest is dark, chilling and seriously creepy.

Cleave becomes more inventive and imaginative (aiming for a higher degree of difficulty) with each novel, and the narrative dexterity and fluidity of A Killer Harvest is impressive, its effect spellbinding. The novel has elements of other horror/crime tales but is probably Cleave’s most original work yet, with a refreshing air of intrepidity and well-earned confidence, even brashness. Most of all, Cleave seems to be having an enormous amount of fun, and when you can tell a story this well, how could you not?”

Now in their ninth year, the Ngaio Marsh Awards celebrate the best New Zealand crime, mystery, thriller, and suspense writing.

“It’s been a year of record-breaking numbers of entries, and our judges were faced with tough decisions among a really diverse array of tales spread across varying styles, settings, and sub-genres,” says awards founder Craig Sisterson. “Some books our judges loved missed out, which underlines the growing strength and depth of our local writing. Kiwi readers devour tales of crime, thrills, and mystery. They’ve got lots of great choices here to encourage them to give our own storytellers more of a try.”

The finalists will be celebrated and winners announced at special events on 1 September as part of the 2018 WORD Christchurch Festival. The awards will be presented by top international crime writers.

Paul is in some fine company, watch the video below to see all the finalist titles: