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LA Times Book Prize Nominees of the Sleuthing & Scary Sort

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LA Times Book Prize Mystery/Thriller Nominees

As the LA Times Book Prize award ceremony looms ever-closer, we're taking a look at the books nominated in each category. As we mentioned last week, unlike other big literary awards, the LA Times Book Prize winners are never a sure thing, which is what makes following them all the more fun.

The nominees in the Mystery/Thriller category this year are interesting indeed:

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This may well be the most exciting - and hotly contested - category. Each book is remarkable and could easily win. Our go-to pick is Benjamin Black's (aka, brilliant Irish novelist John Banville) Christine Falls. Simply watching Banville do mystery is, well, very yummy. It is playful in a way his serious works of literary fiction are not. It is fun and spellbinding and all the rest. Yet a little voice inside wonders if it's even fair to have such a literary heavyweight competing in a category that he's only just begun to write within. Plus, Banville has amassed so many awards already, perhaps someone else deserves a chance.