Which crime writer would you like to see immortalized? Maybe you are a Val McDermid fan or you read Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver or Jeff Lindsay. Or perhaps Stuart MacBride, Tess Gerritsen or Kathy Reichs gets your heart pounding. Of course there is also Mark Bellingham, Peter James or Harlan Coben. Sure all ten of these authors turn out terrific fiction, but only one will have the distinction of having a morgue named after them.
You read that right — based on fan voting, one of these authors will be commemorated by having the morgue at the University of Dundee's Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) named in their honor. Readers can participate by logging onto www.millionforamorgue.com to vote for whichever author they feel deserves the recognition. Every vote costs a pound (equal to about $1.60) and all of the money will go towards building a brand new, state-of-the-art morgue.
The idea for Million For A Morgue came about because of the friendship between Professor Sue Black, the director of CAHID, and author Val McDermid. Professor Black often assists McDermid with forensic details in her fiction, so it was only natural to ask the author for help expanding the Centre that will be educating future forensic professionals. Said McDermid the campaign's website, "All crime writers rely on the help of forensics experts like Professor Sue Black to make sure we get the details right. Giving a bit of help back in return is the least we can do."
Together, the author and scientist gathered a slew of other big names in crime fiction to help raise money to have the university complete the project. On the Million For A Morgue site, you can pick between ten famous authors from Lee Child and Jeffrey Deaver to Kathy Reichs and Harlan Coben, to vote for. The site also has author bios and information about the authors' latest releases. You can even listen to a fun song contest inspired by the competition here.
Remember every vote (and every dollar) counts! As of today, it looks like Tess Gerritsen, creator of Rizzoli and Isles mystery series is winning, but Val McDermid is right on her heels. Continue to follow the action here and make sure to check out RT's Everything Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Page for genre news and reviews.