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Novel About Asperger’s Student Wins Crime Writing Award

July 18, 2014

A novel about a student with Asperger’s syndrome who investigates a murder has won a top award for crime writing.

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer has been named crime novel of the year at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Bauer’s fourth novel, it tells the story of Patrick Fort, an anatomy student who suspects the body he is dissecting is a murder victim.

It beat books by Denise Mina, Malcolm Mackay, Elly Griffiths and Stav Sherez.

Mina was going for a hat-trick after winning the prize for the past two years.

Bauer’s win comes four years after her debut novel Blacklands won the British Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger Award.

The award ceremony kicked off the four-day Harrogate festival, which will also feature a talk by JK Rowling about writing crime fiction under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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