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Ex-policewoman beats JK Rowling to top novel prize

By Eleanor Bley Griffiths

Former policewoman Clare Mackintosh has beaten JK Rowling to the Theakstons Old Peculier crime novel of the year award.

Harry Potter author Rowling was shortlisted for Career Of Evil, written under her pen name Robert Galbraith, but lost out to Mackintosh's debut thriller, I Let You Go.

Mackintosh spent 12 years in the police but left in 2011 and became a full-time writer.

Mackintosh, who will receive £3,000, beat off competition from a shortlist of six British and Irish authors whose novels were published in paperback between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016. I Let You Go was a Sunday Times bestseller and a Richard and Judy book club winner in 2015.

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