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Brad Parks’ latest book nominated for Lefty Award

Brad Parks’ latest book has been nominated for the Lefty Award, which is given annually to the best humorous mystery novel of the year.

“The Girl Next Door” was shortlisted along with six others for the prize, whose winner will be announced at the Left Coast Crime Conference in Colorado Springs in March. Both the nomination and the final award are decided on by voting from the approximately 1,200 conference attendees, which include some of the most rabid readers of crime fiction in the country.

“To be nominated for an award that is voted on by mystery fans is, in some ways, the highest honor I could get as a writer,” said Parks, 38, a resident of Middlesex County. “After all, they’re the people I’m writing for.”

Parks has previously won the Shamus Award, given by the Private Eye Writers of America; and the Nero Award, given by a literary society in New York. If he takes the Lefty, Parks would become the first author in history to win all three awards. Past winners of the Lefty include Janet Evanovich and Donna Andrews.

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posted 02.06.2013

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