Friday, April 28, 2017

Holy Sh*t - I Won The Edgar Award

BIG thank you to my wife Leah who picked up the award for my novel Rain Dogs on my behalf and apparently gave a very funny speech. Big thank you too to the Mystery Writers of America. This is such an honour and definitely the highlight of my career! 
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Thank you also my lovely daughters Arwynn & Sophie and all my family in Ireland, England and America. 
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Also huge thank you to my agent Shane Salerno who has become a 3rd Dan master at talking me down from ledges. 
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Also huge thank you to everyone at 7th Street and Serpents Tail and Allen&Unwin, Blackstone Audio and Suhrkamp. And the crime fiction community in Ireland, Australia, the UK, America and across the world for being nothing but supportive. I want to single out three bookstores too: The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, No Alibis in Belfast and Pages & Pages in Sydney who always treated me like a best seller and a winner when that clearly wasn't the case. 
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And big thanks in no particular order to: Ian Rankin, Don Winslow, Val McDermid, Rebecca Gray, Dan Woodrell, Dec Burke, Stu Neville, Steve Hamilton, Steve Cavanagh, John McFetridge, John Connolly, Brian McGilloway, Ger Brennan, Bob Mecoy, Anna-Marie Fitzgerald, Jill Maxick, Peter Rozovksy, Seana Graham, Candice Fox, Daneet Steffens, Jason Steger, the Irish Times, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The London Times, The Irish Indy, The Wall Street Journal, The Melbourne Age, The Australian, every mystery blog who ever reviewed me, everybody who reviewed me on audible, amazon and good reads (even the stinkers) and all my book readers and blog readers for all your encouragement and support over the years. 
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finally I'd like to thank the late great Muhammad Ali whom I met in 1992 and who a star struck Duffy meets in chapter 1 of Rain Dogs - a little of The Champ's magic rubbed off on me... 
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go raibh maith agat