Tri-City scribe A.J. Devlin took a prize last week for his debut novel.
Cobra Clutch won the Arthur Ellis “Best First Crime Novel” title by the Crime Writers of Canada, an organization aimed at raising the profile of Canadian crime authors.
“It was also the first time ever my publisher has had one of their books win the award so it was an honour to be able to bring it home for NeWest Press,” Devlin said in an email.
Recently accepted into the Port Moody Public Library’s White Pines Collection, which highlights books by local authors, Cobra Clutch has also been nominated for a Lefty Award for “Best Debut Mystery.”
Its sequel, Rolling Thunder, is expected to be published next spring.