Murderer’s Murder Mystery Wins Prize

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When the judges of a lucrative “debut-detective-novel writing contest” chose Alaric Hunt’s murder mystery Cuts Through Bone, they didn’t realize it was written in prison by an actual murderer.

Click here to read a New York Times Magazine piece about Hunt’s crime, his novel, and what Minotaur Press decided to do with a criminal’s crime novel.

While you’re at it, you’ll probably also want to read our essay about Anne Perry, the murderer portrayed by Kate Winslet in Heavenly Creatures who went on to become a writer of mystery novels.

(Via the Hairpin.)


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →