David Bell’s CEMETERY GIRL Wins Le Prix Polar International de Cognac

Congratulations to Associate Professor David Bell who just received the prestigious Le Prix Polar International de Cognac for CEMETERY GIRL.  The award is given to the best crime novel published by a non-French author, and recent winners include Peter May for THE LEWIS MAN, Jeffrey Archer for PRISONER OF BIRTH, and Karin Slaughter for INDELIBLE.

When asked about this latest accolade, Bell said, “I was nominated in a category with some amazing writers including Dennis Lehane, Jeffrey Deaver, and Linwood Barclay. I can’t believe I won.”

Le Prix Polar International de Cognac is a juried prize with a distinguished panel evaluating all of the nominees.  WKU Head of English Rob Hale was excited to hear the news. “I was thrilled to see Dave recognized for his fine work.  To be nominated with such an esteemed group of crime writers is an accomplishment in itself, but to win is truly outstanding.”

CEMETERY GIRL was first published in English in 2011.   So far, the book has been translated for publication in France, Italy, Taiwan, China, and the UK.  Bell published NEVER COME BACK in 2013, THE HIDING PLACE in 2012, THE GIRL IN THE WOODS in 2009, and THE CONDEMNED in 2008.

Bell’s celebration is just beginning:  “It’s nice to be recognized by such a distinguished group. And a trophy and a bottle of cognac are on the way!”

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