Thrilled to be among some seriously badass writers on this list from LitHub. Lisa Levy writes of CONVICTION:
‘“I didn’t do it.” Four words scrawled on a piece of paper by a man serving a life sentence make their way into the hands of reporter Rebekah Roberts and a novel is born. Conviction is the third in Dahl’s series centered around young reporter Roberts but it’s a great leap forward in style, pacing, characterization, and plot. The point of view shifts, as does the time frame from when the murders were committed to the present. Dahl’s confidence in writing about the Hasidim and other Jewish sects in Brooklyn has gotten notably stronger: she describes their lives with authority and compassion, and her Jewish characters are also more complex. Conviction boasts a long list of complex and interesting characters of all walks of life, from the put upon Jewish sects in Crown Heights who feel oppressed by violence and shortchanged by the horrible conditions of their apartments to their African-American neighbors, who don’t understand the dress and the customs of their new neighbors. Dahl has written the novel about the Crown Heights conflict, and in these times when it takes so little to turn a neighborhood conflict into something bigger, it’s worth studying how she thinks it might have been averted.”
Just got news over the weekend that Publisher’s Weekly calls CONVICTION “outstanding!”
“Dahl excels at revealing the inner workings of enigmatic subcultures while maintaining peak suspense. She also provides a terrific ‘whoa, I didn’t see that coming’ moment.”
Such an amazing review from Kirkus I have to quote it at length!
“Juggling time frames more than 20 years apart, Dahl’s lean, hard narrative unravels a sad, squalid, and all-too-timely tale of deception in high and low places, deeply embedded racial animosities, and judicial mischief plausible enough to make readers wonder anew how many real-life DeShawns are in similar circumstances. Dahl shows great command over the darker, creepier elements of her genre and will keep you reading by her deft yet unobtrusive deployment of plot twists—and there are many of these going off like small explosives along the way.
The novel’s authenticity is enhanced by Dahl’s painfully spot-on grievances about the deteriorating newspaper industry and her cogent observations about Brooklyn in both its post-millennium growth and its past lives—which somehow never seem all that far in the past.”
I am humbled and thrilled to report that INVISIBLE CITY won the Barry, the Macavity and the Shamus Awards for Best First Novel. All three awards were presented at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Conference, in Raleigh, NC over the weekend of Oct. 10. I was nominated with some truly stellar books – THE LIFE WE BURY by Allen Eskens, DEAR DAUGHTER by Elizabeth Little, THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD by Laura McHugh, ICE SHEAR by M.P. Cooley, and BLESSED ARE THE DEAD by Kristi Belcamino, THE BLACK HOUR by Lori Rader-Day, to name just a few – and couldn’t be more honored. It was a hell of a weekend!
I was ecstatic to hear Maureen Corrigan recommend RUN YOU DOWN as one of 4 thrillers to read this summer:
“…Dahl is an evocative writer, never more so than when she’s describing the nascent yearnings of those younger members of [the ultra-Orthodox Jewish] religious community — gay, vaguely feminist, simply different — who can’t quite fit in, but can’t quite leave.”
Link: NPR's Fresh Air
The Macavity Awards are nominated on and voted on by members of Mystery Readers International, subscribers to Mystery Readers Journal, and friends and supporters of MRI.
The Barry Awards are given each year by Deadly Pleasures magazine and the winners are announced at Bouchercon on October 8, 2015. I’m very excited!
I am humbled and excited to be among the nominees for the Private Eye Writers of America’s Shamus Award for Best First Novel this year.
And I’m in such great company!