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Guest of Honor Terence Faherty's debut novel, Deadstick, was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1992. He's since been nominated for ten other awards, including a second Edgar. He is a two-time winner of the Shamus Award, given by the Private Eye Writers of America, and a winner of the Macavity Award, given by Mystery Readers International. He's been a judge for both the Edgar (two categories) and the Shamus (three categories).
Terry is the author of two book series. The Owen Keane series (nine novels, two novellas, and a short story collection) follows the adventures of a failed seminarian turned metaphysical detective. The Scott Elliott private eye series (four novels, a novella, and a short-story collection) is set in the golden age of Hollywood. Terry has also written a stand-alone novel, The Quiet Woman, a romantic mystery set in contemporary Ireland.
Terry's fiction has been reissued in Japan, Italy, Germany, and Great Britain. His short fiction appears regularly in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. His latest contribution to Ellery Queen is a series of Sherlock Holmes parodies purporting to be the first drafts of Dr. Watson's famous stories. His lifelong interest in Holmes is also reflected in his nonfiction articles published in the Baker Street Journal and elsewhere and in the lectures he's delivered on Holmes's most famous portrayer, Basil Rathbone. This interest culminated in Terry's induction into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2011.
International Guest of Honor Andrew Taylor is a British crime and historical novelist who has been a full-time writer since 1981. He won the Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifelong excellence in the genre. His books include the international bestseller, The American Boy; the Roth Trilogy (filmed for TV as Fallen Angel); and The Anatomy of Ghosts, shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. His latest book, The Ashes of London (March 2017), is a historical thriller set during the time of the Great Fire of London, and is the first of a new series of novels.
He has won numerous other awards such as Sweden’s Martin Beck Award, the Golden Crowbar, the CWA Diamond Dagger for excellence in crime writing, and triple winner of the CWA Historical Dagger. He founded the Crime Writers Association’s Debut Dagger competition and ran it for two years as well as judged the CWA’s John Creasey Dagger for Best First Crime Novel of the Year for five years.
From 2004 to 2006, he edited The Author, the quarterly journal of the Society of Authors, and continues to write The Author’s regular ‘Grub Street’ column. He was the Spectator’s crime fiction reviewer for ten years, and regularly reviewed books there and elsewhere.
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