Making a killing: the best New Zealand crime novels revealed

Yet another Spinoff Review of Books exclusive: the longlist for the 2017 Ngaio Marsh award for best New Zealand crime fiction.

The dear old Spinoff Review of Books can exclusively reveal the longlist for the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. Now in its seventh year, the award recognises the best in New Zealand crime fiction, that flourishing, lively genre which a) has blessedly nothing to do with Victoria University or the IIML b) is too exciting to be caught up in the usual soul-searching misery of much NZ fiction, and c) includes authors who live quite handsomely from their international sales

Two of the eight longlisted books are by the same prolific author, Finn Bell. None of the past winners are in the running this year. In fact, of the 19 different authors who’ve been finalists in the first few years, only one – Ben Sanders – is a 2017

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