Lucky second time for crime writer as he wins McIlvanney Award

A novelist has won a crime writing award after missing out on the award last year.

lan Parks was awarded the 2022 McIlvanney Prize for her book Asking God For Forgiveness.

The award is named in memory of William McIlvanney, often described as the godfather of tartan noir.

Parks was a finalist for the award last year, but Craig Russell won with his book Hyde.

Forgive God is Detective Harry McCoy’s fifth outing in the Parks’ Glasgow and witnesses a desperate search for two kidnapped boys.

Ayo Onatade, chair of the McIlvanney Awards jury, said: “Forgive God bit by bit is as entertaining, gritty, darkly humorous and steeped in the horror of Glasgow as the previous books. .

“A great book with an engaging cast of characters that not only follows a tight time frame but is fast, difficult, edgy and thought-provoking.

“The Glasgow of the 1970s has never been so thoroughly invoked. A really engaging read. “

The winner was announced in Stirling on Thursday night at the Bloody Scotland festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Ambrose Parry, Louise Welsh and Liam McIlvanney, sons of William McIlvanney, were also shortlisted for the McIlvanney Awards.

Before becoming a crime writer, Parks worked with Lloyd Cole and Commotions and many other bands, first at London Records and then Warner Music.

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His debut novel, Bloody January, was published in December 2017.

The winner of the Bloody Scotland Debut Prize was also announced at the festival.

Tariq Ashkanani, a lawyer based in Edinburgh, won the title with Welcome To Cooper.

Arusa Qureshi, chair of the jury for the Debut Prize, described the book as: “Well structured, bleak, and just enough disturbing.”

The finalists for both awards led a torch relay from Stirling Castle to Albert Hall, where the winners were announced.

The Scottish Bloody Festival runs until Sunday. Lucky second time for crime writer as he wins McIlvanney Award

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