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Parks adds to long list of writing awards

Middlesex author Brad Parks displays the Shamus Award for Best Hardcover Novel he received for his 2013 book “The Good Cop.”

Middlesex County author Brad Parks has won the Shamus Award for Best Hardcover Novel, the highest annual honor given by the Private Eye Writers of America and one of the most prestigious awards in crime fiction.

Parks won for his 2013 book “The Good Cop,” beating out a star-studded shortlist that included works by Sue Grafton and Bill Pronzini, both Mystery Writers of America (MWA) Grand Masters and three-time Shamus winners.

The award, which is judged by a panel of authors, was presented to Parks on Friday by Sara Paretsky, another MWA Grand Master, at a banquet in Long Beach, Calif.

“I’m mostly just stunned,” Parks said. “Given who I was up against, I never expected they were going to call my name. This is way beyond anything I could have dreamed for myself when I started writing fiction.”

Parks had previously won the Shamus Award in the category of Best First Novel for his 2009 debut, “Faces of the Gone.” By following that up with this year’s award, Parks achieved a historic first: no former Best First Novel winner had ever gone on to win Best Hardcover Novel.

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posted 11.19.2014

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