The wait is over! (well, this wait. Now begins the wait for the winner announcement but one thing at a time) We can reveal the shortlist for the McIlvanney Prize Crime Book of the Year is…

Breakers, Doug Johnstone (Orenda)

Judges said of Breakers: A tightly written and compelling exploration of two sides of Edinburgh, touching on social topics rarely examined in crime fiction. A brilliant and moving portrait of family dynamics and loyalty as a young boy struggles to break out of his powerlessness.

Conviction, Denise Mina (Harvill Secker)

Judges said of Conviction: A highly original and timely rollercoaster of a read, a caper which takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from central Glasgow to the Highlands, France and Italy. The novel fizzes with energy and brims over with a love of storytelling.

The Way of All Flesh, Ambrose Parry (Canongate)

Judges said of The Way of All Flesh: Intensely and brilliantly researched piece of writing, casting back to 19th century Edinburgh when the art of surgery was just emerging at the same time as body snatchers were at large on the streets.

Treachery of Spies, Manda Scott (Bantam Press)

Judges said of Treachery of Spies: A powerful, complex and remarkable espionage thriller where a present-day murder links back to Resistance France. An intricately plotted novel which keeps the reader guessing right to the end.

This year’s judges are Alison Flood, James Crawford and Stuart Cosgrove. Here they are making the tough decisions earlier this week!


The winner will be revealed on Friday 20th September at our gala event before the torchlight parade from Stirling castle. If you’d like to be there for the gala announcement, you can still buy tickets here.

Hugest of congratulations to our shortlist!