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Belfast lawyer wins coveted Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 

Belfast lawyer joins top authors Val McDermid, Mark Billingham and Lee Child as he wins coveted Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

  • Belfast lawyer Steve Cavanagh wins coveted award at crime writing festival
  • The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate finishes today
  • Previous award winners include Val McDermid, Mark Billingham and Lee Child 

It’s a crime thriller with a sensational twist – ‘The serial killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury!’

Now the American-set Thirteen by Belfast lawyer Steve Cavanagh has won the coveted Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award, supported by The Mail On Sunday.

Radio and TV personality Mark Lawson presented Cavanagh with his prize last week.

Belfast lawyer Steve Cavanagh has won the coveted Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award, supported by The Mail On Sunday

Asked about his decision to set his books in the US, Cavanagh said: ‘My first love is American crime fiction. My heroes tend to be American, and there are far too many great Irish crime writers already!’

Previous winners of the award include Val McDermid, Mark Billingham and Lee Child.

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate finishes today.

Val McDermid

Lee Child

Previous winners of the award include Val McDermid, left, Mark Billingham and Lee Child, pictured right. The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate finishes today

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