2010 Al Blanchard Award Press Release


Committee chair Leslie Wheeler, left, with Honorable Mention authors Barbara Ross and Albert Tucher and the 2010 Al Blanchard Award winner Bev Vincent.


‘The Bank Job’ wins Al Blanchard crime story award

DEDHAM, MA—Dec. 6, 2010—Five bunglers concoct a plan to rob a bank to help one of them get out of trouble with a loan shark in “The Bank Job,” winner of the 2010 Al Blanchard Award for short crime fiction.

The humorous caper by Bev Vincent of Woodland, TX, is published in Thin Ice: Crime Stories by New England Writers from Level Best Books.

The award was announced last month at the ninth annual New England Crime Bake conference for mystery writers and readers in Dedham, MA.

Four authors received Honorable Mention: Albert Tucher of Westfield, NJ; Jeannette Angell of Provincetown, MA; Joseph Souza of South Port, ME; and Barbara Ross of Somerville, MA.

The Al Blanchard Award honors the late author of two mystery novel series and numerous short crime stories, former president of the New England chapter of Mystery Writers of America and co-founder of the New England Crime Bake.

The award is presented annually at the conference cosponsored by the New England chapters of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. The winning story must be by a New England author or set in New England.

Information on the 2011 Al Blanchard Award competition will be posted at www.crimebake.org.

Vincent is author of two Bram Stoker Award-nominated books on the works of Stephen King, The Road to the Dark Tower and The Stephen King Illustrated Companion, which was also nominated for a 2010 Edgar Award.

He has published approximately sixty short stories, including appearances in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and the Mystery Writers of America anthology of police crime stories, The Blue Religion, edited by Michael Connelly.

He is a contributing editor with Cemetery Dance magazine and writes for Onyx Reviews. More information is available on his website at www.bevvincent.com.

Tucher received Honorable Mention for “The Tango Queen,” about a possible Soviet spy loose among WWII veterans at Harvard in 1947.

He is the author of thirty hardboiled short stories and several not yet published novels about suburban prostitute Diana Andrews. “Bismarck Rules” appears in The Best American Mystery Stories 2010, edited by Lee Child and Otto Penzler.

Angell received Honorable Mention for “Two Hearts That Beat as One,” about a divorcing couple who each see the future without the other…alive.

She is a novelist and playwright who lives and works in an old sea captain’s house in North Truro, on the tip of Cape Cod. Her work has appeared in 15 countries and has been translated into 12 languages. For more information, visit www.JeannetteAngell.com.

Souza received Honorable Mention for “The Stone Walls of Lebanon,” a crime story-within-a-story about lies, revenge and deceit.

He has published short stories and essays in journals throughout the country. In 2004, he received the Andre Dubus Award in short fiction from the University of Southern Maine. His crime story, “The Devil’s Dumping Ground,” was published in the 2009 anthology, Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writers.

Ross received Honorable Mention for “Key West,” published in Thin Ice, about a woman with a mysterious past who seeks redemption by taking in a teenage runaway.

Her mystery novel, The Death of an Ambitious Woman, was published in August, 2010, by Five Star/Gale/Cengage. A previous short story, “Winter Rental,” published in the Seasmoke anthology from Level Best Books, won an honorable mention for the Al Blanchard Award in 2006.

For more information on Thin Ice and previous anthologies of Crime Stories by New England Writers, visit www.levelbestbooks.com.

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Leslie Wheeler, Chair, Al Blanchard Award Committee, lesliewheeler@comcast.net
Bev Vincent, bevvincent@bevvincent.com
Albert Tucher, atucher@aol.com
Jeannette Angell, jangell@jeannetteangell.com
Joseph Souza, souzajf@hotmail.com
Barbara Ross, barbaraannross@gmail.com

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