Stephen Booth, who's 50, lives near Retford. He's
currently had three novels published with a fourth in the pipeline.
Now he's become the first author to win the prestigious
Barry Award twice - in 2001 and 2002.
He received the award at the World Mystery Convention
in Austin, Texas beating off other notable writers like P.D. James,
Iain Rankin, Val McDermid, Reginald Hill and John Connolly.
|The cover to Black Dog
This year's winner was Dancing With The Virgins,
following the success of his first novel Black Dog.
They're the first two books in a series set in
and around the fictional Peak District town of Edendale, featuring
young Derbyshire police detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry.
Booth’s dark, atmospheric mysteries have been widely
praised for their humanity, compassion and depth of characterisation,
as well as their sense of history and intriguing locations.
|The cover to Blood on the Tongue
A third title Blood On The Tongue was released
earlier this year and Mr Booth has just finished work on a fourth
- Blind To The Bones.
Stephen Booth is a former newspaper journalist
who gave up his day job as deputy editor of the Worksop Guardian
when Black Dog became a success.
He says: "Awards like the Barrys mean a lot, because
the winners are chosen by readers, rather than by a committee. From
my point of view, the most important thing in the world is to know
that readers are enjoying my books."
Blind To The Bones will be published in April 2003.