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Parks hits ‘trifecta’ of crime fiction authors

Brad Parks (left) and his Lefty Award have some fun with Lou Diamond Phillips, an actor on A&E’s hit series “Longmire” and one of the featured guests at the Left Coast Crime. (Photo by Jen Forbus)

By winning the Lefty Award for best humorous mystery, Brad Parks of Middlesex County accomplished something no author ever has.

Parks, who had previously won the Shamus Award and the Nero Award, became the first writer in the combined 82-year history of those prestigious crime fiction honors to win all three.

Parks completed his trifecta on Saturday night in Colorado Springs, Colo., where attendees of the Left Coast Crime fiction conference voted his “The Girl Next Door” (Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press) as the funniest mystery written in 2012.

“I’ve always written for one reason and one reason only—and here’s what they both are,” Parks joked to approximately 400 conference attendees at the awards ceremony. “One is that I have no other marketable skills. I mean, really, there’s just not much call for people who like to sit around and have conversations in their head with their imaginary friends. But the biggest reason I write is for you, the readers. So to win an award voted on by readers is the highest honor I can imagine.”

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posted 03.27.2013

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