JK Rowling's Robert Galbraith on longlist for crime-writing prize
JK Rowling's alter ego Robert Galbraith will be pitted against debut novelists and stalwarts of the genre for a crime-writing prize.
Harry Potter author Rowling, who writes crime novels under the male pseudonym, is featured on the longlist for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.
Galbraith's Career Of Evil will compete against former TV documentary maker Renee Knight's debut Disclaimer.
Also in the running are Lisa McInerney's debut The Glorious Heresies, Ruth Ware's first thriller In a Dark, Dark Wood, Stasi Child by David Young and I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh.
The debuts will be pitted against other famous names including Mark Billingham, Ann Cleeves and Val McDermid.
Billingham is nominated for his 13th offering in the Tom Thorne series, Time Of Death.
Cleeves received a nod for The Moth Catcher, featuring her famous detective Vera Stanhope, while McDermid is nominated for Splinter The Silence.
The longlist, which comprises 18 titles, was selected by an academy of crime-writing authors, agents, editors, reviewers, members of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival programming committee and representatives from T&R Theakston Ltd and WHSmith.
It also features Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty, Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin, Tell No Tales by Eva Dolan, The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths, The Missing And The Dead by Stuart MacBride, Every Night I Dream Of Hell by Malcolm Mackay, The Nightmare Place by Steve Mosby, The Final Silence by Stuart Neville and Death Is A Welcome Guest by Louise Welsh.
The 12th Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award is open to crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from May 1 2015 to April 18 2016.
The shortlist of six titles will be announced on May 31 and t he overall winner will be decided by the panel of judges and a public vote.
The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on July 21 on the opening night of the 14th Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.
Gemma Rowland, festivals manager at Harrogate International Festivals, said: "The list demonstrates that even the giants of the genre are constantly kept on their toes, with debut voices as serious contenders.
"Last year's winner was a debut from Sarah Hilary. It really shows whoever wins this year will know they've been pitted against the biggest talent at work today."