Already the recipient of the CWA Gold Dagger, Bill Beverly’s much-acclaimed Dodgers has won an L.A. Times Book Prize. The awards were presented Friday night at USC, hosted by comedian Tig Notaro, just before the opening of the two-day L.A. Times Festival of Books, which brings together more than 400 authors speaking at events on Saturday and Sunday. In the mystery/thriller category, the award went to Bill Beverly’s “Dodgers,” a coming-of-age fictional story of a young L.A. gang member sent by his uncle to kill a witness hiding in Wisconsin.

“It’s wonderful to be back in this city,” Beverly said. “It’s the city I dreamed of when I was a kid, despite my parents telling me — or maybe because of my parents telling me — that it was full of crazy people.”

Bill Beverly will be at Bristol’s CrimeFest in May talking to Barry Forshaw for a panel built around the latter’s Book American Noir.

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