Sandford, THE CHALK MAN 2019 ThrillerFest Honorees

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John Sandford, the beloved #1 bestselling Putnam author of more than thirty novels in the respective series featuring relentless law-enforcement officials Lucas Davenport (Prey) and Virgil Flowers, was honored as the 2019 ThrillerMaster at the International Thriller Writers (ITW) July 13 closing ceremony, concluding the 14th annual five-day ThrillerFest Convention in Manhattan. Earlier that Saturday, Sandford sat for a rare and revealing interview, conducted by his long-time editor, now-retired Putnam Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief Neil Nyren.

Also at the event, the ITW’s Best First Novel Award was bestowed upon C.J. Tudor’s THE CHALK MAN (Crown/Broadway). The book previously won the Strand Magazine Debut Novel Award, and is a favorite of such thriller practitioners as Stephen King (“Want to read something good? If you like my stuff, you’ll like this.”) and Lee Child.

Click here for a complete list of ThrillerFest 2019 award winners.

Judith Light and Shari Lapena (right)

This year’s ThrillerFest drew editors, fans and authors from around the world, among them, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR and A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE bestselling writer Shari Lapena, whose next novel, SOMEONE WE KNOW, is to be published by Pamela Dorman/Viking and Doubleday Canada on July 30. Lapena is pictured at the ThrillerFest banquet with award-winning actress Judith Light (Who’s the Boss?, Law & Order: SVU).

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Posted: July 16, 2019