South Shore author wins national award |

South Shore author wins national award

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Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune Todd Borg recently received the Ben Franklin Award for Best Mystery of the Year for his novel "Tahoe Silence."

Local author Todd Borg’s fifth mystery novel, “Tahoe Silence,” has just won the Ben Franklin Award for Best Mystery of the Year.

The Independent Book Publishers Association, the largest trade group of independent publishers, presents the award. IBPA numbers more than 4,000 publishers in North America alone.

Borg learned that he won at the award ceremony in Los Angeles, which took place in concert with Book Expo America, the giant trade show where bookstore buyers learn about new titles.

In the novel, SalAnne “Silence” Ramirez is a brilliant artist and a student at South Tahoe High School. She’s also autistic and never has uttered a word in her 17 years. Silence acquires priceless information and gets kidnapped for that knowledge. Unable to speak or write, she must learn to communicate with her drawings.

“Tahoe Silence” received several positive reviews in the national media, and Library Journal chose it as one of the Five Best Mysteries of the Year. In addition, Mystery News reviewer Gayle Wedgwood named it among her top five books of the year.

Borg’s novels all are set in the Tahoe area and feature a private detective named Owen McKenna. McKenna’s sidekick, Spot, is a harlequin Great Dane. Spot often plays a critical role in McKenna’s cases.

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Borg’s sixth novel in the series, “Tahoe Avalanche,” is due out Aug. 1. Borg’s novels are available at Artifacts and Lake Tahoe Master Framing on the South Shore. For more information, visit