Writer Bridget Lawless poses for photographs in London, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.  Lawless is so sick of the violence that she has set up a book prize to reward crime novels "in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered." The contest has some writers and readers cheering, but others say it could deter authors from tackling tough issues.
Writer Bridget Lawless poses for photographs in London, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Lawless is so sick of the violence that she has set up a book prize to reward crime novels "in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered." The contest has some writers and readers cheering, but others say it could deter authors from tackling tough issues. Frank Augstein AP Photo
Writer Bridget Lawless poses for photographs in London, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Lawless is so sick of the violence that she has set up a book prize to reward crime novels "in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered." The contest has some writers and readers cheering, but others say it could deter authors from tackling tough issues. Frank Augstein AP Photo

A prize for thrillers without female victims divides opinion

February 13, 2018 05:59 AM

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