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Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize

The McIlvanney Prize is Bloody Scotland’s annual prize awarded to the best Scottish Crime book of the year. It provides Scottish crime writing with recognition and aims to raise the profile and prestige of the genre as a whole. Scottish roots are a must for competition applications: authors must either be born in Scotland, or have lived there for a considerable amount of time, and their elegible book must be substantially set in Scotland. The prize was renamed in memory of William McIlvanney, often described as the Godfather of Tartan Noir, in 2016.

WINNER 2021

Hyde

Russell, Craig ISBN: 9781472128393
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From international bestselling author Craig Russell comes a modern Gothic masterpiece. Edward Hyde has a strange gift - or a curse - he keeps secret from all but his physician. He experiences two realities, one real, the other a dreamworld state brought on by a neurological condition. When murders in Victorian Edinburgh echo the ancient Celtic threefold death ritual, Captain Edward Hyde hunts for those responsible. In the process he becomes entangled in a web of Celticist occultism and dark scheming by powerful figures. The answers are there to be found, not just in the real world but in the sinister symbolism of Edward Hyde's otherworld. He must find the killer, or lose his mind. A dark tale. One that inspires Hyde's friend . . . Robert Louis Stevenson.

- Browns Books Synopsis

Shortlist 2021

Christie, Emma ISBN: 9781787394933
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MacBride, Stuart ISBN: 9780008208318
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Morrison, Robbie ISBN: 9781529054033
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Parks, Alan ISBN: 9781786897190
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Russell, Craig ISBN: 9781472128393
Hardback

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The McIlvanney Prize judges this year include Karen Robinson, formerly of The Times Crime Club and a CWA judge; Ayo Onatade, winner of the CWA Red Herring Award and freelance crime fiction critic and Ewan Wilson, crime fiction buyer from Waterstones Glasgow.

The Glencairn Glass, the World’s Favourite Whisky Glass and the Official Glass for Whisky is again sponsoring both The McIlvanney Prize and The Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel of the Year. Culture & Business Fund Scotland have generously given matched funding.