I really enjoyed LUTHER: THE CALLING last year (see review here). As I said back then:
Cross takes us back before the beginning with Luther: The Calling, a prequel novel that explores the events leading to DCI John Luther (played wonderfully by Idris Elba in the TV series) being on long-term leave, having lost so much professionally and personally, at the beginning of season one...I have read a few of the books on the longlist (and have others on my bookshelves at home, waiting for me to grab the moment). LUTHER: THE CALLING is right up there, and I truly hope it will make the shortlist and get to be voted on by the public as well as the judges. It deserves to be.
... Cross writes in crisp, vivid prose that brings his characters and world to startling life. Luther: The Calling is a good read that will interest and intrigue newbies and fans of the TV series alike (the author salts in plenty of foreshadowing, subtle and obvious, for later events). Unflinching, brutal, and brilliant.
Here is the full press release about the long-listed novels for this year's award.
FROM SECRET AGENTS AND SMASH HIT THRILLERS TO MAGIC IN THE MET: 2012 THEAKSTONS OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR LONGLIST REVEALED
- Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz)
- Darkside by Belinda Bauer (Corgi)
- Now You See Me by SJ Bolton (Corgi)
- Where the Bodies Are Buried by Chris Brookmyre (Abacus)
- The Burning Soul by John Connolly (Hodder Paperback)
- The Calling by Neil Cross (Simon & Schuster)
- The Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris (Corvus)
- Bryant and May and the Memory of Blood by Christopher Fowler (Bantam)
- Blue Monday by Nicci French (Michael Joseph)
- The Fear Index by Robert Harris (Arrow)
- The Retribution by Val McDermid (Sphere)
- The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina (Orion)
- Black Flowers by Steve Mosby (Orion)
- Collusion by Stuart Neville (Vintage)
- The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin (Orion)
- Mice by Gordon Reece (Pan Books)
- Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith (Simon & Schuster)
- Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson (Black Swan)
The overall winner will be decided by a panel of experts which this year comprises of DI Tom Thorne actor David Morrissey; Festival chair Mark Billingham; journalist and crime novelist Henry Sutton; Ruth Lewis, Fiction Buyer at Asda; and Simon Theakston, Executive Director of T&R Theakston Ltd; as well as members of the public.