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Crime writer wins 2011 Shamus award

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Lawyer turned crime author Christopher Moore is heading to Cambodia in November. PHOTO SUPPLIED

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BANGKOK-based crime author Christopher G Moore is heading to Cambodia, shortly after winning the 2011 Shamus Award for detective fiction novel of the year.

Bestowed by the members of the Private Eye Writers of America, the Shamus was awarded to Moore last Friday on the strength of his latest installment in his Vincent Calvino P.I. series, Asia Hand.

To celebrate his win, the lawyer turned crime writer, is planning a book tour in Phnom Penh this November, which also marks the re-issuing of his Vincent Calvino P.I. novels by Monument Books.

The chain has ordered in new copies of the entire Calvino series plus Moore’s other stand-alone novels for the tour.

Awarded annually, the Shamus was created by author Robert J. Randisi in 1981 to recognize “outstanding achievement in private eye fiction,” and is presented each year at the  Anthony Boucher Memorial World Mystery Convention, known as the ‘Bouchercon’ to hardcore noir novel fans.

Prior to winning the Shamus, Moore’s earlier novel, Zero Hour received the German Critics Award for Best International Crime Fiction in 2004.

Moore quit his teaching job in the law faculty of the University of British Columbia, following the publication of his first book, His Lordship’s Arsenal in 1985. Since then he has authored more than 22 novels and short stories.

A film adaptation of Spirit House, the first novel in the Calvino series, is under development in Hollywood at the moment, according to Moore’s publisher, Heaven Lake Press.

Monument Books could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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