Lisburn crime Steve Cavanagh writer bags top literary gong
Steve Cavanagh last night became the first author from Northern Ireland to win The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.
Now in its 15th year, the award is considered the most coveted crime writing prize in the UK.
Thirteen is the Lisburn author's fifth book in the Eddie Flynn series of crime thrillers, serving up a delicious twist to the traditional courtroom thriller.
Cavanagh was presented with the award by title sponsor Simon Theakston at the event hosted by broadcaster Mark Lawson at the opening night of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, staged by Harrogate International Festivals in the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.
He was one six shortlisted authors vying for the title from an original longlist of 18 crime novels, published by UK and Irish authors, available in paperback from May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019.
He collected a £3,000 cash prize, as well as a handmade, engraved oak beer cask crafted by the coopers at Theakston's Masham brewery.
The winner was decided by the panel of judges comprising of literary and media figures, chaired this year by Mari Hannah, alongside a public vote.
A special presentation was also made to bestselling author James Patterson.