Monday, August 22, 2011
I WAS RIGHT!!!!!
"Well, there's another theory blown out of the water," I ruefully wrote. This was after I reported that I had heard gossip (from Spymouse, him-or-herself), that the anonymous author of Cut and Run, the whodunit that won the inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award for best crime novel, was none other than well-known New Zealand playwright, Greg McGee.
I had no way of proving my little friend right or wrong -- In order to preserve his/her anonymity, Bosco had declined to turn up to the inaugural awards ceremony.
Did the subterfuge help sales?
But looking back on history can be very interesting indeed. Back when speculation was rife, in a very well-crafted column in Booknotes, (the newsletter of the New Zealand Book Council), Greg McGee revealed that though he had been "flattered by a rumour that I am Alix Bosco," he declined to be identified as such.
McGee knew the book that won the inaugural award (Cut and Run) well, as he is one of the team that is working it up for TV, and, as he said in the Booknotes column, "can vouch for it as a beautifully structured whodunit. I thought," he added thoughtfully, "I should read Bosco's follow up, to see if I should still be flattered."
And lo, he proceeded to review this second book, Slaughter Falls, in succinct, thoughtful prose, just as if some stranger had been the author.
Well, he decided at the end, he was still flattered, but not, alas, "as flattered as I'd be if I'd been mistaken for Justin Cartwright," author of To Heaven By Water.
And now it turns out that Spymouse was right! He, Greg McGee was the author of the "beautifully structured whodunit" that won the inaugural award. The evidence is there, within parentheses, in today's award announcement.
I read it in today's Dominion Post. Slaughter Falls by "Alix Bosco (aka Greg McGee)" had been a runner up in the Ngaio Marsh competition.
I shook my head, truly.
How devious can a man be?
For interest, here is my original take on this book: Caramelised chicken tuna and Alix Bosco