I’m delighted to share Val McDermid’s highly anticipated 2020 ‘New Blood’ showcase, which is announced today:
Jessica Moor (Keeper)
Deepa Anappara (Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line)
Elizabeth Kay (Seven Lies)
Trevor Wood (The Man on the Street).
T his year, Deepa Anappara has been selected for her part coming-of-age, part detective mystery Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, a heart-breaking and thought-provoking social commentary of modern India’s slums that has been recognised for the Women’s Prize. Elizabeth Kay is on the list for her explosive Seven Lies, taking domestic noir to a whole new level in a deliciously dark blurring of truth and lies, and Jessica Moore is recognised for her brutal and beautiful Keeper, the addictive literary thriller that has had everyone talking. Concluding this year’s New Blood contingent is Trevor Wood and his debut The Man on the Street, a gritty thriller set on the streets of Newcastle.
This annual curation from the ‘queen of crime’ of the hottest debut voices taking the crime and thriller by storm helps readers find new favourites, and gives a platform to new writers, with alumni including Clare Mackintosh, SJ Watson and Stuart MacBride.
Val McDermid said: “I know exactly what I’m looking for on my quest: fresh and distinctive voices, a well-told, convincing story and the almost indefinable sense that these authors all have much more to say. Deepa, Elizabeth, Jessica and Trevor tick all of these boxes and more, and if this year’s debuts share a theme, it is the irresistible and devastating way in which crime fiction shines a light on our times: homelessness, domestic violence, child trafficking and mental health are all dissected with an unflinching gaze.”
Val’s event with these rising stars is traditionally the highlight of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, part of Harrogate International Festivals’ year round programme of events, and as this year’s festival was cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the showcase will be streamed on the festival’s HIF Player on what would have been the legendary weekender, Saturday 25 July 2020.