Sleeping in the Ground has been awarded the 2018 Arthur Ellis Prize for Best Crime Novel. This award, given by the Crime Writers of Canada, is for excellence in Canadian Crime Writing.
This is not the first time that Peter has won this award, and it’s iconic wooden trophy of a hanging man. In 2012, he won Best Crime Novel for Before the Poison; in 2011 he won Best Novel for Cold is the Grave; in 1997, he won Best Novel for Innocent Graves; and in 1992 he won Best Novel for Past Reason Hated.
The award is named after the pseudonym used by Canada’s last hangman.