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Higgins Clark award for Hank Phillippi Ryan

Posted by guest  May 9, 2013 02:59 PM

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In all the hoopla over last week's literary upset at the 2013 Edgar Awards by Dennis Lehane's "Live By Night'' over Gillian Flynn’s best-selling “Gone Girl,” another award by a local luminary slipped by.

Hank Phillippi Ryan, an Emmy-award winning reporter with Boston’s NBC affiliate, WHDH-TV, was awarded the Mary Higgins Clark Award for her book, "The Other Woman,'' by the Mystery Writers of America.

While the Edgars honor the best mystery works of the year in a variety of forms (novels, short stories, screenplays true crime, etc.), the Higgins Clark award, which isn't given out annually, goes to the finest example of writing in the tradition of the legendary Mary Higgins Clark. What does that mean? Winning books must be gripping thrillers with strong female protagonists but without graphic sex or violence.

In other words, nice gumshoes finish first.

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