Bruce DeSilva's Rogue Island by has been awarded the 2011 Best Mystery Novel Macavity Award at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, being held this weekend here in St. Louis.
The Macavity Awards are nominated and voted on by members of Mystery Readers International. The award is named for the "mystery cat" of T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.
From the publisher's web site:
Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians—who are pretty much one and the same.
Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic. With the whole city of Providence on his back, Mulligan must weed through a wildly colorful array of characters to find the truth.
Rogue Island has been awarded an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America.