International Association of Crime Writers, North American Branch


Dashiell Hammett


The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers is pleased to announce that The White Devil, by Domenic Stansberry (Molotov Editions), has been named the winner of the organization's annual HAMMETT PRIZE for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing.

The winning title was chosen by a group of three distinguished outside judges: Margot Bettauer Dembo, a professional translator and former winner of the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize; Ron Koltnow, former sales rep for Putnam and Random House and past winner of Publisher’s Weekly Rep of the Year; David Nasaw, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate Center whose most recent book is The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist. The judges selected from among five finalists nominated from the hundreds of crime books published in 2016.

These five titles were selected by the organization's nominations committee headed by Deen Kogan.

Other books nominated for the 2016 HAMMETT PRIZE were The Second Life of Nick Mason, by Steve Hamilton (G.P. Putnam's Sons); The Drifter, by Nicholas Petrie (G.P. Putnam's Sons); Revolver, by Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland Books); and The Big Nothing, by Bob Truluck (Murmur House Press

Mr. Stansberry was awarded a bronze trophy, designed by West Coast sculptor, Peter Boiger.

The award ceremony took place in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, on October 7, during the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association’s (NAIBA) Fall Conference.