Black River by Will Dean has been longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2021. 

The award celebrates excellence, originality and the very best in crime fiction from UK and Irish authors. Awarded annually as part of Harrogate International Festivals’ Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, the winner receives £3000, and an engraved oak beer cask, hand-carved by one of Britain’s last coopers from Theakston Brewery.

Black River is an electrifying return for relentless reporter Tuva Moodyson, from the author of Dark Pines and Red Snow. Tuva’s been living clean in southern Sweden for four months when she receives horrifying news. Her best friend Tammy Yamnim is missing. Racing back to Gavrik at the height of Midsommar, Tuva fears for Tammy’s life. Who has taken her, and why? And who is sabotaging the small-town search efforts?

Watch Will Dean's author video with Theakston here to find out more about Black River


You can cast your vote for your favourite book on the longlist here