REBUS author Ian Rankin is among the nominees for the 2013 Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year.
The Morningside writer has been shortlised for the prize – which will be announced at the international crime-writing festival Bloody Scotland – for his book Standing in Another Man’s Grave.
Other candidates include Val McDermid, Denise Mina and Gordon Ferris. The winner will be crowned in Stirling next month.
Bloody Scotland’s festival manager, Dom Hastings, said there was a great diversity within the shortlisted works.
He said: “The wealth and diversity of contemporary Scottish Crime Writing is demonstrated by this exceptional shortlist, featuring writers at the top of their game.
“New talent is key to success and innovation and the list celebrates this with emerging writer, Malcolm MacKay.
“Key themes include the author’s use of the past. Titles such as Denise Mina’s The Red Road and Ian Rankin’s Standing in Another Man’s Grave explore how the events of the past have a resonance to the present day.
“Whilst cities are the heartlands of much crime writing, Ann Cleeves’ Dead Water is set in the Shetland isles, and much of The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid is set in the States.”