City of Saints, by Andrew Hunt, has been named the winner of the 2011 Tony Hillerman Prize for best first mystery novel. Hunt is a Utah native and a professor of history at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The announcement was made during last weekend’s Tony Hillerman Writers Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Tony Hillerman Prize, named after the late New Mexico author and creator of the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee mysteries, is given out annually is given out annually to “the best debut mystery set in the [American] Southwest.” Hunt received a contract for publication with St. Martin's Press and a $10,000 advance.
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