A panel of seven local and international judges is currently considering the longlisted titles. This year the judges are from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, and New Zealand. The three finalists for the 2012 Ngaio Marsh Award will be announced in July.
- COLLECTING COOPER by Paul Cleave (Simon & Schuster)
- LUTHER: THE CALLING by Neil Cross (Simon & Schuster)
- FURT BENT FROM ALDAHEIT by Jack Eden (Pear Jam Books)
- TRACES OF RED by Paddy Richardson (Penguin)
- BY ANY MEANS by Ben Sanders (HarperCollins)
- BOUND by Vanda Symon (Penguin)
- THE CATASTROPHE by Ian Wedde (Victoria University Press)
The longlist reflects the growing depth and breadth of contemporary New Zealand crime and thriller writing, said Judging Convenor Craig Sisterson. “This year’s longlist features everything from dark serial killer tales to the latest books in popular detective series, ‘ripped from the headlines’ psychological suspense, and a prequel to one of the most compelling TV crime series of recent years. We have the mysterious tale of a narcissistic restaurant critic’s kidnapping, penned by New Zealand’s poet laureate, and an engaging debut thriller written under a nom de plume.”
Craig Sisterson, Judging Convenor: firstname.lastname@example.org.