Annal: 1991 Hammett Prize for Crime-Writing

Results of the Hammett Prize in the year 1991.

Book:Maximum Bob

Maximum Bob

Elmore Leonard

Skirt-chasing, orchid-raising Florida judge “Maximum” Bob Gibbs has made a career of oversentencing convicted felons. He’s thrown the book at so many that it’s beginning to look like one of them may be planning to throw it back at him. But assassination isn’t the worst of the judge’s problems. He’s got to get his whacked-out wife Leanne out of Palm Beach—fast. For it seems she’s becoming an embarrassment, what with her multiple personalities and all. So when Bob starts playing footsie with an alligator poacher in a scam to scare his wife into divorce, and a pretty probation officer named Kathy Diaz Baker catches his lecherous eye, things really start to heat up in south Florida…as bullets start flying, a gator comes crawling, and a lovely lady finds herself in a cross fire of smart crooks, foolish love, and sweet revenge.

Book:Elsinore

Elsinore

Jerome Charyn

Book:Harlot's Ghost

Harlot's Ghost

Norman Mailer

“The most daring, ambitious and by far the best written of the several very long, daring and ambitious books Norman Mailer has so far produced….Unlike just about every American writer since Henry James, Mailer has managed to grow and become richer in wisdom with each new book….There can no longer be any doubt that he possesses the largest mind and imagination at work in American literature today.”—Chicago Tribune

Narrated by Harry Hubbard, a second-generation CIA man, Harlot’s Ghost looks into the depths of the American soul and the soul of Hugh Tremont Montague, code name Harlot, a CIA man obsessed. And Harry is about to discover how far the madness will go and what it means to the Agency and the country…

Book:Murther & Walking Spirits

Murther & Walking Spirits

Robertson Davies

Anthony Burgess listed Davies’ The Rebel Angels among the 99 best novels of our time and declared that Davies himself is “without doubt Nobel Prize material”. In this unusual novel, Davies’ protagonist is murdered in the first sentence of the book, but he lingers as a ghost to view the exploits of his ancestors, from the American Revolution to the present.

Book:The Women of Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper

The Women of Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper

Paul West

In the dark literary thriller, The Women of Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper, West brilliantly recasts the Jack the Ripper story, drawing on up-to-date research and his own dazzling imagination to plumb the lower depths of Victorian England.

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