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Andrew Taylor

Nominated Title: The American Boy
Other Titles: Our Father's Lies, Snapshot, The Office Of The Dead
Publisher: Michael Joseph / Penguin

''The American Boy' - review by Chris High

Andrew Taylor - bestselling author

A boy of the Fens, Andrew Taylor was educated at Cambridge and secured and relieved positions as a librarian, teacher, wages clerk and boat-builder before turning to full time writing in 1981.

An author of over twenty books, Andrew is responsible for creating the intriguing detective William Dougal, a man not adverse to creating as well as solving murder cases when the need arises and who has won Andrew awards aplenty.

Taylor's Roth Trilogy, set from the 1950's to the present, is an ambitious and highly successful change of style, as each book is fully self-contained though connects with each of the remaining two novels, perfectly. The 1997 novel, The Last Four Things, set in the present, explores the disappearance of a young girl named Lucy, which turns into a hunt for the killer of what appears to be religious sacrifices.

When not writing books, Andrew occasionally reviews other works for The Spectator, writes for The Independent newspaper and edits the literary magazine The Author.

Andrew lives in The Forest Of Dean with his wife, two children and their two cats, Max and Tom

Other nominations for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 05

  Mark Billingham - bestselling author, actor, TV writer and stand-up comedian is nominated for his book Lazy Bones published by Little, Brown / Time Warner.
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Review of 'Lazy Bones' by Chris high

  Simon Kernick - nominated for his book The Murder Exchange the second in Kernick's loose London-based crime series introduces DS John Gallan and ex-mercenary, Max Iversson.
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Review of 'The Murder Exchange' by Chris High

  Ian Rankin - bestselling crime author and famous for the acclaimed Inspector Rebus series is nominated for his book A Question Of Blood published by Orion (Paperback)
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Review of ' A Question Of Blood' by Chris High

  Val McDermid - published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Her book The Distant Echo described as “a masterpiece of trickery and misdirection” is nominated at Harrogate this year.
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Review of 'The Distant Echo' by Chris High

  Minette Walters - her bestseller Disordered Minds is shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Published by Macmillian/UL Trade Paperback.
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A review of 'Disordered Minds' by Chris High

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