The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) recognizes excellence in books that reflect Southern California culture or lifestyle, with authors/illustrators living within the SCIBA region.
The mystery award is named after T. Jefferson Parker, a life-long resident of Southern California and Edgar Award-winning author.
The Cartel was one of three finalists. The other finalists were:
Marry, Kiss, Kill by Anne Flett-Giordano
The Replacements by David Putnam