The Hammett Prize is given annually by the North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers to honor literary excellence in the field of crime-writing published in the English language in the US and/or Canada. The 2013 award, given in 2014 for books published in 2013, will be presented at the Bloody Words Conference in Toronto, June 6-8, 2014.
The award is always for books released in the prior year. Thus the nominees are for 2013 books as follows.
2013 Hammett Prize Nominees
° Cataract City by Craig Davidson
° Green Light for Murder by Heywood Gould
° Angel Baby by Richard Lange
° Caught by Lisa Moore
° The Double by George P. Pelecanos
LAST YEARS NOMINEES AND WINNER
2012 Hammett Prize
* Oregon Hill by Howard Owen (Winner)
° Defending Jacob by William Landay
° Truth Like the Sun by Jim Lynch
° Patient Number 7 by Kurt Palka
° Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson