Joy for author after award nomination

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AN internationally-renowned Scarborough author has received further acclaim after his latest chilling novel was shortlisted for a distinguished national award.

Bill Kitson has been nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger title for his new dark tale Altered Egos.

The award aims to crown the best thriller of the year and Mr Kitson’s revenge-fuelled storyline once again follows his now familiar character detective Mike Nash as he pieces the gruesome evidence together.

The book’s premise begins with a suspicious house fire and the somewhat bizarre murder of a young drug addict and disappearance of a scientist’s daughter.

Incorporating a sinister character trained to kill and influenced by drugs, the plot moves onto the destruction of a laboratory previously attacked by animal right activists.

With violence escalating Nash must penetrate a cloak of secrecy to establish the truth before its too late.

Mr Kitson, a former chairman and current member of Scarborough Writers’ Circle, told the Evening News: “I am absolutely thrilled with how it is going and to be nominated for what is a prestigious award.

“What you try and do is write the best story you can and anything that follows from that is a great bonus.

“Being nominated is a great compliment from fellow professionals but in the end it’s the reader that counts.

“It is all terrifically exciting and I’m having so much fun doing something that I really enjoy.”

Mr Kitson’s previous novels Depth of Despair, Chosen and Minds That Hate earned plaudits from international critics and captivated readers in countries including France and Belgium.

He said he has just received the manuscript for the ninth instalment of the series and was part way through his tenth book though he had yet to identify a killer.

He added: “When I’m writing I like to let it flow organically and from an original idea something completely different can come up and improve the premise.

“One of my former colleagues told me I was working harder that I ever did before but to me it doesn’t feel like work at all - I’m doing something that I thoroughly enjoy.”

Nominations for the Crime Writers’ award close next month with a decision on winners expected later in the year.

Altered Egos is set for release in March.